Unlike many skate manufacturers, most mid range and upper level models of Riedell skating boots need to be prepared by the fitting individual prior to placing the boot on the foot.
The use of form fitting counter, extensive comfort padding and the structure of Riedell boots will not provide the skater immediate comfort unless the boot is properly prepared prior to fitting. In addition, and even more important, Riedell’s lasting construction will not allow for the skater to get their heel all the way back into the boot without proper boot preparation, resulting in potential boot oversizing.
Boot preparation consists of opening up the heel counters of the boot and gently softening and warming the quarter padding within the boot. In order to accomplish this task two methods can be used.