I bought new skates today, on a whim. I was at Cheapskates with Annette while she bought hers, and I decided my probably about 8 or 10 year old solid-thermoplastic skates were about done. So I bought a new pair of Roches (to be specific, these and they’re really rather great. They hurt my feet fat less than the old set, and I suspect that once they’re fully shaped in, they won’t hurt at all.
I have, you see, absurd Hobbit feet. They’re much broader and higher than is appropriate for their length, when referenced against the rest of humanity. I’m not even sure how you skinnypods even manage to stand upright on your poor, sad, spider-monkey style feet. I pity you, you and your slender footwear!
The downside of this, however, is that when I buy skates the right length, they’re not wide enough, and my feet get squished. And they hurt.
These new skates, though, are soft boots, so they’ll eventually stretch. They already hurt far far less than the old solid plastic ones did. I plan to try to get back to skating every day, during summer. Next weekend, I may see how long it takes to skate to work, up Hobson street, along Pitt, down K road, then down Symonds Street. Whee!