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01-25-2010, 10:39 PM
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Wear skates when off the ice?

Since my Grafs are new, and will, like any other shoe/skate footwear, take some time to "soften up" and mold to my feet, would you recommend wearing them in the house, for example, not to necessarily walk around on, but to just sit on the couch while watching TV?

I only am skating right now once per week, and at that rate will take a rather long time before they are truly comfortable and I'm completely used to them.

If it does make sense to do so, should I wear them with the same or different socks that I normally would skate in?

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01-25-2010, 10:41 PM
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I actually wore my skates when they were brand new when I was sitting around the house. Not sure if it's needed or even if it helped but I figured it couldn't hurt. I do believe that most of the work is going to be done when they bake the skates at the store itself though.

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01-25-2010, 10:48 PM
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Since my Grafs are new, and will, like any other shoe/skate footwear, take some time to "soften up" and mold to my feet, would you recommend wearing them in the house, for example, not to necessarily walk around on, but to just sit on the couch while watching TV?

I only am skating right now once per week, and at that rate will take a rather long time before they are truly comfortable and I'm completely used to them.

If it does make sense to do so, should I wear them with the same or different socks that I normally would skate in?
I am NOT familiar with Grafs but don't these skates need to be heat molded or "baked" to form to your foot when purchased?

Or are they already baked and you want to finish the job since baking doesn't really break them in but instead helps the process along?

I had my Bauers baked and they still took a few skates to break in perfectly. So wearing yours around the house won't hurt for sure. Nothing recreates skating though as for breaking in skates except skating. Go to public skating a few times, that helps with that too. The best way to break in skates is to actually skate in them. Wearing them around the house will help some but it is a slow process and not much really gets done that way.

In the old days in the 70s we would wear our skates in the tub in warm water so the leather would get saturated a little bit and help the process. I am so glad times have changed.

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Since my Grafs are new, and will, like any other shoe/skate footwear, take some time to "soften up" and mold to my feet, would you recommend wearing them in the house, for example, not to necessarily walk around on, but to just sit on the couch while watching TV?

I only am skating right now once per week, and at that rate will take a rather long time before they are truly comfortable and I'm completely used to them.

If it does make sense to do so, should I wear them with the same or different socks that I normally would skate in?
If you have not had the skates baked, then you might want to look into that to help speed up the break in process. I would just recommend that you do not skate in them for at least 24 hours after the skates are baked. It does not mean that the skates will fit like a glove after being baked, but does help speed up the process. My skates (RBK 5K's) seemed like they were broken in after about 12 hours of skating (I had them baked at my LHS). Hopefully this helps.

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Wearing around the house will help to shorten the break-in process, even if you've already baked them. Basically, the more time your foot's in the boot, the more time it spends forming to fit your foot off ice= less pain when you get on the ice. My personal thing is not wearing skates on ice until I've worn them around the house at least two weeks and baked them twice, but I only wear really stiff skates, vapor 40 etc.

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When I got my Bauer Vapor X Velocity's I had them baked twice and probably about 20-25 hours of skating in them before they were perfectly broke in and didnt cause any discomfort or pain to my foot.

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Since my Grafs are new, and will, like any other shoe/skate footwear, take some time to "soften up" and mold to my feet, would you recommend wearing them in the house, for example, not to necessarily walk around on, but to just sit on the couch while watching TV?

I only am skating right now once per week, and at that rate will take a rather long time before they are truly comfortable and I'm completely used to them.

If it does make sense to do so, should I wear them with the same or different socks that I normally would skate in?
It won't hurt, but it won't help much. You're more or less getting your feet accustomed to being in the skate. If you do wear them you should be wearing the socks you skate in.

That's a pretty stiff boot, it's gonna take some time. I'd do some open or public skating in addition to your normal ice time.

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I got my Graf G70s a couple of weeks ago and they are crazy stiff skates. As I don't have access to a skate baker and am not going to risk ruining them in the home oven, I wear them around the house after work while watching tv or whatever. I put skate guards on them and walk around normally. I was even cooking while wearing them the other night. I just wear them for just over an hour at a time or when it gets painful.

The best thing to do is go to public sessions as you break them in easier with the pressure from the actual skating movement you do, but wearing them in the house isn't going to do anything bad to them.

Socks wise I would just wear the same ones you do when you play. Maybe use thicker ones at the start when it is harder to break in to save your feet some pain, but then change to the thin ones after the initial break in.

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I've slept in new skates to speed up the process...

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I've slept in new skates to speed up the process...
i thought of doing that once but I thought it was a stupid idea

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Wearing them around the house will help to speed up the break-in process.

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I've slept in new skates to speed up the process...
I do this too

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I've slept in new skates to speed up the process...
I would end up slicing myself, the dog or the gf up. I can see the gaurds coming off on me at some point in the night.

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I would end up slicing myself, the dog or the gf up. I can see the gaurds coming off on me at some point in the night.
Tape the guards on, and you would be fine. GF would probably still think you're crazy though.

I'm in the process of breaking in new skates myself, I'll probably give the sleeping thing a shot.

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Tape the guards on, and you would be fine. GF would probably still think you're crazy though.

I'm in the process of breaking in new skates myself, I'll probably give the sleeping thing a shot.
The girlfriend may get into guys wearing skates for all we know. "Oh yeah, keep the skates on baby".

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