My small follower’s thank you for your time, this will be a bit longer post than normal. I have actually written posts every Friday after practice but most of them just notes and little comments, thoughts and feelings nothing substantial to publish so this post will be a combination. Enjoy

The Battle of the Skates
Tools and Advice from people the interwebs with good old trial and error.

Part 1
Arch Burning-Toe Numbing Pain

Within society and particularly the part of society that controls fashion, the smaller breasts you have the cuter the bra. If you’re a man reading my blog then yes this is true, they tell you small is cute. It’s completely different with shoes the larger size shoe you have the more choices. I wear the smaller shoe they make for women and I generally have the least choices to choose from regarding style, type and cuteness, sometimes places don’t even carry my size 5 and I’ve had to buy a shoe in child’s sizes or buy a size larger and stuff the toe to fit me.

Back on track the reason I took time explain this is because when I walked into the Pro-Skate shop and they were selling a gently-use-once pair of size 5 shoes I jumped at the chance not knowing anything about skates or the way they should fit. I tried them on skated a few feet and in the overly excitement of what I was about to do jumped in and bought them without a second thought. Now I have only worn them for 8 sessions so I know I still have some breaking in to do. I started with 2 different pains, first the arch of my right foot would burn as if being pulled a different direction then rest of my foot and placed on hot coals and second my toes are going to sleep as if when I skate a merry lark of sheep dance about inside my shoes for my cute toes to count and fall into the dreamy land of painful needle sleep.

The burning in my arch was the first thing I attempted to fix, so asking around and reading up I determined this was a 2 part cause and effect first when you skate your right inner foot is doing most all of the hard work and my laces were too tight. I re-laced my skates skipping the eyelets right above my arch so the laces do not add extra pressure and that seemed to help along with stretch out and rubbing that portion of muscle in my foot before skating. I haven’t had the burning for a few sessions so I believed this helped.

Sleepy toes is still a big problem for me and I’m still experimenting with different methods the toe box and socks maybe even stretching the shoe out, so I will report later on what works and what doesn’t.

Here is a site with a ton of variations on how you can lace shoes and skates