I just purchased a pair of Jackson Artiste ice skates. THey are size five and recommended for feet that are 9 inches long. My feet are 8 7/8 and 8 5/8 respectively, and wide such that the width (only made in a C) is not enough. I had them heat molded and now (well, even before the heat molding) I find that I keep hitting the toepick when I skate! This has never happeneded with any pair of skates. I looked at the toepick, and I saw that if you draw a line from the toe of the boot (looking at the outside leather) straight down to the blades, it hits AFTER the first toepick pick. (of the many picks that comprise the toepick, the first pic actually starts before the toe of the boot by one pic. I looked at Sp teri super teri and also Riedell Silver Medallion (old model) and they don't do that-- the first pic starts after the toe of the boot. Wierd, huh? However, I am wondering if there are also other problems since the blade is screwed on with holes that don't allow for adjustment--so maybe it's meant to be like that? if so, it might be a problem with my heel raising up (I have wide feet but a small heel) and there is also 1/4 an inch of space at the point of the the toe of the boot. When I skate, I feel like my wieght is on my toes inside of on the center. I checked the (rocker!!!) of the boot and it seems fine. Sharpening is also fine. I do not think I am pronating one way or the other. Also, the blades are 9 1/3 when the boot is 9 inches. Is that wierd? SHould I downgrade to a 9 inch blade? (I have 9 1/3 inch adjustable for remounting MK shieffield test blades and 9'' inch MK professional blades) Or, should I use multiple laces for different sections of the boot in an attempt to keep my (feet from slding forward??!!!!) Or, pad the toe area that has 1/3 inch extra space and pad the heel? Pad the tongue? Lol, I don't really know what to do...Help me preventing myself from kiling myself with a toepick in the ice XD p.S. my posture and everything is fine, only with this pair do I have problems. I also cannot afford another pair.