Ok, so I'm back for more advice. I started skating in October of last year, and I'm at ISI Gamma/Delta level (doing bits of both). I've run into an issue with my skates though. Initially when I bought skates, I didn't want to invest too much into it (not knowing how I'd really do at this skating business). So I bought some Riedell 133TS skates. They work fine, except they are too wide (I need a narrow, but they don't come in narrow). So I wear an extra sock to try and make up the width.
Well, I should probably say they worked fine. Lately though I'm not so sure. My Achilles tendon gets really sore after skating, and I'm having a hard time keeping my edge (mostly inside) on things like 3 turns and mohawks. Also, I've noticed my heel slips when I do 3 turns. Also, I sometimes get cramps in my arches after skating for a while. I'm not sure how much of this is the skates and how much is skater error. When we were trying to fix my 3 turn, the first thing my coach asked was if my skate was tight enough, so I guess that's what stood out to her immediately.
So I'm feeling like it's time for new boots, but what if it's all just me? Of course, if I get new boots I also run into the dilemma of what boots to get. If I'm going to pay that much for skates I want it to last longer than the 6 months or so I've had these, but I also don't want to have boots so stiff I'll never break them in with the 3 hours a week a currently skate. My current skates are still in great shape, I just have to fight to get them tight enough to feel comfortable to skate in. And there is no where locally that I've heard of where I can try on boots, so I'm out of luck with that.
Ok, that's all I got. Advice is greatly appreciated!