Many years ago, during a stressful time in my life, I took group lessons in horrible rink rentals. My father generously gave me the money to buy “real” skates, and I promptly got fitted with a pair of Riedell Royals (and Coronation Ace blades). I managed to stumble through Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Delta requirements and then time and circumstances got in the way. Years later, for my 50th birthday, my best friend gave me four private lessons with an honest-to-goodness coach, Marina Eltsova, and thankfully the Riedells, barely broken in, still fit. For five of the happiest years of my life, those Riedell boots sent me flying over the ice from start-over beginner to adult Bronze competitor. My dear father is gone now, but the best gift I ever loved was and still is those wonderful Royals. Thanks for all those happy days on ice!
P.S.- If you need your boots “popped” and aren’t near a good skate shop, try what I did. A really good shoe repair shop popped mine in two places, and greatly relieved my pain, and only cost me $5.00.
Location: Overland Park, KS
Boot Model: Riedell Royals
Skate Club: Kansas City FSC