TRYING ON A NEW PAIR OF BOOTS
Edea boots feel different. They feel snug with no pressure points. They provide lateral support for performance and range of movement through the flexibility of the tongue. The skates hold your heels in the pockets keeping your feet in place. The sensation is completely different from trying on shoes. You need to take your time to get used to the boots.
HOW TO TRY ON BOOTS
- A soft carpet is ideal to prevent boots being scratched.
- Custom orthotics should be inserted before trying replacing the edea footbed. They must be the right size for the new boot. It is better to size with no orthotics if they are the wrong size.
- Insert your foot into the boot and gently tap the heel in order to ensure that your heel is in the heel pocket.
- Lace the boots the Edea way, tighter across the instep and looser around the ankle.
- Let the memory foam padding adjust to your feet, walking a few steps.
Once adjusted, try the following exercises:
- Feet shoulder-width apart, do calf stretches. Repeat several times. The heel and foot should only move very slightly.
- Now do deep knee bends several times. The heel should be locked in place while the toes can wiggle. Lacing the Edea way, you will feel more space around the ankle, if not check the lacing.
- Mimic inside and outside edge changes. There should be minimal movement inside the boot. The closer your foot is held, the greater the control and feel for your skating.
Movement should be minimal during these exercises. Too much sliding could suggest the boot is too big or the width needs adjusting.
Once everything feels good, you should have the correct size. If there is a point of discomfort, custom shaping will solve this.
What does the correct size feel like?
The correct size boot should feel snug, offering support for performance. You should feel:
- Toes able to move slightly but not too much.
- The heel held in place. If the heel lifts, you might have the wrong size or you need custom fit to adjust for a narrower Achilles’ tendon area.
- The arch of the foot supported. See FAQ for orthotics.
- The ball of the foot aligns with the widest part of the boot to improve performance.
- If you feel too much pressure or numbness, the boots may be too narrow and need custom shaping.