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
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
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.