I realised today that I’ve not shown off my new skates from the lovely guys at Riedell! You’ll see if you compare them to my old set-up that I’ve gone for a slightly longer plate. Still not full length to my heel but not quite as short and forward as my last one. The difference has been really interesting.
I’m a) not falling on my ass quite so much and b) finding it easier to use the rear inside wheel for agility and to launch off laterally. Before, I was launching off the inside edge because the placement of the rear wheel was a bit far forwards to isolate it.
The lacing is split in two. Half at the bottom I don’t tighten very much and it takes into account of my high arches. Pink lace at the top I loop around the underneath of my skate for added heal lock and security- especially as I use my toestops a lot and like to feel like my foot is well and truly secure in the boot. Speaking of toestops, I really like the Moonwalker toestops. I was a bit nervous of moving from the massive Roll-Lines to something a bit smaller, but they’ve been really easy to get used to, and the smaller size makes it easier to use the toestops to move laterally rather than just forwards.
I’m so relieved that I love my new skates. I knew that they looked cool, but as someone that relies so heavily on how my feet are performing I was a little bit nervous about making changes to my set up. Phew!