Okay...I think my boots need replacement really soon. When I was doing 3-turns, it felt like my ankle was not well-supported, and I had to retie my laces a number of times. Here are pictures of my current Riedell 133:http://s1211.photobucket.com/albums/cc437/skatinganalysis/
I've been skating for a little more than a year. The crease in the boots started to appear maybe 3 months after I bought it, and it just got larger with time.
Problem is, I don't live in the US (where skates are relatively cheaper). Our pro shop, which charges way too much (in my opinion). They sell Riedell 910 LS boots for almost $530, when the MSRP is just $330!!!! I would have ordered the boots online (would save me $130, shipping included), but I don't know if my current size is correct, and I would feel bad if I go the pro shop and ask them to make a measurement, then not buy from them.
Here's what I think are my current options:
1. Get another 133, locally
2. Buy a 910 LS boot, locally, with my old Quest Onyx Blade
3. Buy a 910 LS boot, online, with my old Quest Onyx Blade
I am in Delta level, and cannot imagine myself jumping (spinning...um, maybe). I still don't have my 3-turns perfected, so I think I will definitely stay for a while in Delta, and am no hurry to go to FS1.
I have some doubts, though, and I would really appreciate any help:
1. My left foot is between 8 7/8 and 9, and my right foot only between 8 6/8 and 8 7/8.So that means that my left foot is technically speaking 4.5 M, while my right foot is 4W. My previous fitter put me in 4.5 M. No problem at first, but one year later, the right foot seems to be looser than the left. Will shifting to 4W solve my problem? Or will it just create a new one?
2. Are Jacksons going to be a better option for feet like mine?
3. Is the 910 going to be too much for Delta level? (The price difference between the two boots is very significant for me, and I just want to make sure that I make the right decision).
4. Strangely enough, the pro shop staff here told me that 910 LS are not heat moldable because they have PVC soles -- same with the 133, but then I had my 133 heat molded, and the PVC did not melt. Should I force the pro shop to heat mold the 910 at my own risk (assuming I decide to go with the 910)?
Thanks a lot in advance!