September 3rd, 2013, 07:39 PM #11
Alright so for sure on saturday I am going to hockey Monkey. Im going to try on other brands, hopefully they have one that fits me good.
If not then ill look into just getting them punched out.
September 3rd, 2013, 10:22 PM #12
If you go to the Irvine one, ask for Wyatt Jones and tell him Bret D. sent ya!
September 4th, 2013, 12:32 PM #13
IMO, don't ask for any brand or look, just show them your feet and tell them your issues. Give them a budget you are willing to spend and let them bring out the right skates for your feet. Take your time, sit w/ them on for a while. Consider getting a left and right golf or batting gloves so you don't get blisters trying on so many skates in a short time. Also beware that it's hot and your feet will be swollen but that could be a good thing since you want to try skates on when your feet have been standing on for a while. Not early AM. Also bring the type of socks you like to use when playing. Everyone is different. Some go barefoot, some supper thin, some sport thicker, some even use dress socks. Just make sure you bring the socks you will be playing in.
September 4th, 2013, 12:35 PM #14
Wait a minute, where did you get your current skates? Have you brought them in to be worked on at all? If not do this first to find out if you are in the right or wrong skate? IF you are in the South Bay, Jakes Pro Shop is great. He will take the time to make sure they fit you propperly and if so will work on them for you for a minimal if not any fee.
September 4th, 2013, 01:04 PM #15
Touching on what JW just said, I've often pondered the thought of going in with a set budget, getting sized and somehow being blindfolded and having the guy put the skates on my feet, (I'd tie them of course) and repeat for 3 different brands or so to make it easy. Then, you could purely go off of which skate felt the best to you, and not be caught up by a pre-determined "want" of a certain brand in your head.
Did that make sense?
September 4th, 2013, 02:13 PM #16
Definitely bring the gloves. I forgot about that and torched my hands trying on skates.
September 4th, 2013, 02:34 PM #17
I got them at Hockey tron before they moved. I think when i bought them i was really sick(flu or something bad), so i might have not felt the pressure then. Probably a big mistake doing that. But everytime I went to Jake's they weren't very helpful, well the employees that were there when i went. They had an attitude the first time i went.
Originally Posted by SirJW
When i did go get my skates at HT the guy brought me different models and sizes, and I told him i had a budget of $100 at the time. I am going to take my skates on saturday to see if they can do anything to help punch them out, if not then ill resort to buying ones that fit, no matter the brand.
September 4th, 2013, 02:56 PM #18
Sounds like you played it right by buying a lower end model to see if you would really stick with hockey. Now that it seems like you are in it for the long haul, investing in a good pair of skates would be a good way to go. I'm not sure how much a lower end skate will be able to be punched without affecting the overall integrity of the skate. It's definitely worth a shot though.
September 4th, 2013, 03:19 PM #19
I can also confirm this. The Bauer Supremes left a lot of room in the boot for my foot to move around. The Vapors fit me much better. (8.5D for me as well.)
Originally Posted by BeachHockey
September 4th, 2013, 08:54 PM #20
I pretty much have been resigned to doing this since my foot is hard to fit. I just go w/ the best fit, I'm old enough to know it doesn't really matter what they look like or the bells and whistles. Because when it comes down to skating w/ out pain that's all that really matters to me.
Originally Posted by beedee
Shaddy don't feel bad or pressured to do anything that doesn't feel right to you. Most people struggle in some sort of way to get a good fit. Whether it's breaking them in for a few skates or more or having them worked on to fix issues. I know one guy who went from Vapor 8's into Vapor XX or something and had no pain or break in issues what so ever. It's a rare thing.