I've heard that so many elite skaters have had problems with new boots, or "bad boots." I don't get it, so I hope someone can enlighten me. When I competed (all the way up to the senior level), I went through my share of boots. And once I was fully grown, I always had the same size/type of boots. Of course, they were stiff and felt crappy at first, but by walking around in them to break them in, leather softeners, etc., they felt fine within 2-3 weeks, max. I understand when skaters complain of foot problems--that goes with the territory--but the boots themselves? I'm confused.