- The skating boots you choose
should suit both your type of skating and your physical characteristics
(are you a beginner or advanced?; tall or short?, heavy or light?, etc)
- More advanced skaters often
choose all leather boots and separate blades and have them mounted by
a professional mounter. Beginners may prefer less expensive pre-mounted
skates [it is recommended that pre-mounted blades on non-leather soles
and heels, should be attached by screws to allow blade adjustment].
- The boot leather 'upper'
should be moderately stiff for beginners and become progressively stiffer
for more advanced boots.
Boots should be comfortable [there will be initial discomfort at ankles
and 'pressure' points]. The skater's heel should fit snugly back into
the heel 'cup' and the toes should not be cramped and should have room
to raise slightly [In a standing position the skater's big toe should
just lightly touch the toe cap]. Be sure not to bend the sole of
non-bladed boots during fitting.
Initial boot size may be determined by measurement of the skater's foot
with a measuring stick [ NOTE: Jackson
dealers may have the measuring stick which is specifically made for
Jackson boots ]
This system is a standard feature in our leather sole product line.
Look for the logo!
Jackson's skilled craftsmen will build
a skate to your exact requirements
in Jackson Skates
DO NOT walk on boots that are not bladed. Once bladed and with skate
guards on, lace up somewhat loose at top. Do knee bends and/or walk
up stairs slowly and carefully. Stop this process periodically and unlace
and relace skates. Do not ignore chafing or irritation - blisters could
Wear thin socks
Lace and unlace boots several times before each skating session
Lacing at top of boot should be loose
Keep initial skating sessions short
Do not allow pressure points to blister and become infected. Cover pressure
points with moleskin, medical tape or form pads. Periodically apply
vaseline to pressure points.
If necessary, have pressure points, especially around the ankle area,
'punched out'. Your skate dealer or local orthopedic shop could help
you with this.
and maintenance of Jackson Skates
- Dry the sole and heel area
of boot after skating
- DO NOT leave boots in skate
bag when not in use. Leave boots in open to air and completely dry;
loosen laces and open boot 'throat' to better allow air flow [ NOTE:
blades should also be dried and left with skate guards off - condensation
will keep blades wet for some time - Absorbent 'terry cloth' blade covers
may be left on blades and may help absorb condensation]
- Check sole and heel screws
periodically. Water will follow thread and eventually soften the leather.
Loose screws can be tightened by 'plugging' holes with small piece of
leather or hard wood peg and reapplying screws
- Leather soles and heels should
be waterproofed prior to installation of blade for best results.Also
this maintenance should be continued periodically to stop water penetration
into the leather and possible leather rot. Some waterproofing materials
------sole enamel [ black or white - it will build up over time and
should be periodically sanded down]
------bees wax or similar wax-like substance [heat with hair dryer after
application. Easy to apply and no build up like enamel; however more
frequent applications are required]
------regular shoe polish [ very effective, frequent applications needed
and leaves marks]