Top critical review
on January 28, 2016
These skates have been kind a nightmare for me. As others mention, the wheels are extremely hard/slippery and a lot of people will want to replace them (at no small expense). But the real problem for me was fit. My top priority was comfort, so these seemed like a great option as they are supposed to not need breaking in and be very squishy. They are probably really comfortable for someone, but I have narrow feet and skinny ankles. I didn't realize that this brand has a reputation for being wider than average. They are heavily padded, so they seemed nice and cushy at first, like sneakers. I probably would have given them a 4-5 at first. But as soon as the foam compressed even a little--it happens fast and I'm only a weekly recreational skater--they turned floppy. Floppy skates are very bad. To try to keep them stable, I had to tighten the laces, which, combined with the weight and movement, caused a lot of pain across the top of my foot and sometimes numbness. The Velcro strap hit across my foot instead of near the ankle, so that just made it worse. It was compounded by the fact that, while I bought the correct size according to the listing, the manufacturer's sizing chart[...] puts me down a whole size more. I could only wear them for maybe 8-10 skates. So, while these may be good for some people, they are highly problematic for others.