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Ask DocSk8 (Expert Indoor Skate Building Advice) This forum is different then the other SkateLog forums in that it is not a discussion forum, but rather a place you can ask skate building expert Fred "DocSk8" Benjamin about building and repairing indoor speed, derby, and jamskate quad roller skates. Please start a new thread for each new question.

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Old December 28th, 2018, 01:22 AM   #1
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Really getting into collecting vintage boots. The problem is that the writing is always worn off inside and the stamp on the bottom is always under the plate. Is there a way to get the size from measuring the outsole?
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Old December 30th, 2018, 01:39 AM   #2
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Hey Doc,

Really getting into collecting vintage boots. The problem is that the writing is always worn off inside and the stamp on the bottom is always under the plate. Is there a way to get the size from measuring the outsole?

Not that I am aware of... probably because I have never tried. What I do Is hit my collection of Insoles and play a guessing game. I have lots of insoles and I marked all the new ones as the came in. So, find the correct insole and bingo, you know the size...to start out with. Other factors can apply so YMMV.

While you are @ it take a tape measure and measure the interior of the boot. That way you can build up a real good idea of what a particular size measures..


You doing this for you?? I used to just buy the sk8 and tear it apart since most mount jobs were questionable @ best. The stamp should show up on Riedells but a lot of other brands don't stamp the soles.


Also note, if the numbers are worn off, make sure there is not more wear in other parts of the boot. Wear means feet were moving.


Last, ignore comments like these fit like my XYZ boots, shoes or what have you. How sk8r X wears his sk8 may be of NO use to you and the way you sk8. Sk8 boots should NEVER be fit like street shoes.


Have fun!! Sounds like a serious case of SEDS abrewin'!!
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Old January 18th, 2019, 01:08 AM   #3
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Thanks Doc! I read your response right when you posted it, but just got back to thanking you. Very detailed and quick response.

I don’t see any reason why I shouldn’t be able to correlate outsole to size. Maybe Riedell has a chart.
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