Ambassador Curt Hays shares a few thoughts on boot comfort:
Some people love to skate, but they really don’t like how badly their feet hurt after skating. If you are one of these people, I assure you, your skates are almost always the problem. There are times that your feet will feel like they’re burning just a little bit while you’re skating, but in my experience this subsides within about 20 minutes (and usually only happens the first two or three times of skating after an extended break from using your skates).
I had skates as a teenager, I stopped wearing them because of the blisters and the discomfort. I bought inline skates again as an adult and had an only slightly better experience.
Recently my girlfriend and I tried the V02 90 Boa skates from K2. After skating about 10 yards, we looked at each other, both of us with the same thought: These are the most comfortable skates I’ve ever put on! I am actually considering buying a pair of these just for those days when I don’t feel like wearing my racing skates.
The point is, there are some really comfortable skates out there. Don’t let your bad experiences keep you from giving the sport another try. Really comfortable rec skates are nowhere near the price of racing skates, but you do tend to get what you pay for when it comes to comfort.
To check out all the skates that use the Original Softboot head to the K2 Skates Website