I'm worried my boots don't fit properly. They're size 7 Jackson Freestyle with Mirage blades, which I got new (previously I skated in rentals and second-hand boots that were far too big). My street shoe size is about 8-9 (ladies').
My right foot is slightly smaller than the left; it would probably have fit a 6.5, but the left wouldn't have. I also have wide toes and skinny heels.
Now my coach and I are worried because I feel like my right heel is moving. In my old boots (the too-big ones), doing crossovers would make my foot slide forward significantly, to the point where my weight was all in the wrong places in the boot (sometimes causing me to fall backward). Between each crossover, I'd do a little half-swizzle to shift the foot back.
This only happened with the right foot -- though at that stage I could only do crossovers counterclockwise.
Now I feel like my new skates are doing the same thing! After I got new skates, I continued doing the weird half-swizzle things, maybe out of habit, insisting that my foot had moved and I'd fall if I didn't do it. One day to test this I did 79 forward crossovers in a row with no additional pushes, to see whether that would make me fall (it didn't).
This mainly happens on the right side.
I honestly cannot tell if my boots fit.
-- If I sit on a chair with my boots tied and twist my ankles in all directions, waving my leg in the air, it sort of feels like my foot is moving inside the boot, or that there are "blank" spaces (ie. area inside boot not occupied by foot) above the top of my foot -- I have flat feet.
-- When I stand on my toepicks or sometimes when I do a bunny hop, it feels like my heel has shifted forward. Is that normal? Crossovers don't seem to have this effect as much in the new boots.
-- When I do a turn and don't check, I go into a slow sort of spin, which my coach says is a good sign (that my blades are the right size). But people say there should be no movement in a boot whatsoever, and I definitely feel some.
-- I feel like my toes aren't at the very end of the boot. It's hard because skates are so stiff, you can't wiggle your toes and feel where they are. One day at home I put on some of those socks that have a different-coloured toe bit, about an inch long. Then I loosened the laces as much as possible so I could seen right into the boot, and stuck my foot in, and the toe bit disappeared almost completely (into the bit between the end of the laces and the toe of the boot, which is about one inch long).
Oddly, I don't really get the feeling of my toe shifting forward. It's like my heel is moving and my foot is bending to be slightly shorter, rather than my whole foot moving; maybe the lacing at the ankle is preventing my entire foot moving.
I'm pretty worried that my boots might not fit. Thanks for any help or advice.