Its the end of the season; now what? Those tired feet need a rest. Time to put 'em up and get your holiday season kicked off properly…by fantasizing about the skates of your dreams! Maybe with a hot toddy in hand and a yule log burning on the TV…..
Creating your dream boots doesn't simply mean expressing your inner gear head or skate architect with style; they can provide a more precise fit, which will improve your skating experience and overall foot health. From choosing unique colors and hand cut designs to adorn them with, to having two different sizes or widths for your special-needs feet--custom and special make up boots can be just about anything your 'lil tootsies desire.
With regard to Riedell boots, getting a "special make up" covers having alterations like length, width, color choice and having accessory options--snug ties, or velcro cinch straps for instance--added to a particular stock model of Riedell boot.
The alternative is to go "custom." By going custom, you can have a unique last hand built to your individual foot specifications and can have unlimited changes made to an existing boot or combination of boots. At Riedell, full custom boot information is kept on file for 10 years, making duplication easy. Pretty sweet!
Riedell, Antik and Bont all offer various ways to alter their stock boots to meet your requirements and we've created this handy break down to help you better understand all of your options. We know how overwhelming this can all be so we decided to do the work for you.
Keep in mind that Riedell and Antik customs and special make ups take approximately 3-4 weeks, sometimes longer depending on factory workload. And with the annual factory closure for the holidays approaching, you'll need to be sure to submit your orders by Sunday, Nov 25th to ensure they are completed by Christmas*.
Bonts take 6 weeks.
That said, we are very hands-on throughout the ordering process and we take special care to ensure that you are properly fitted and that you are aware of all of your options so you are able to make informed decisions.
*Please note: a boot may be completed "on time" but that does not mean they will be delivered by Christmas. The final day for shipping before Christmas at Riedell is Friday, Dec 21st and most destinations take up to 5 business days to deliver. So basically, the sooner you submit the order, the better.
Read on for brand specific pricing and options...
FOR RIEDELL BOOTS: the below pricing is in addition to stock boot price
- A single change (excluding color) to an existing stock boot is $55. This includes adding, removing or substituting a part of the boot ie; overlay/lace cover, speed strap, heel, tongue, and changing the width or length including different ones for each foot.
- Any color changes to a stock boot can be unlimited and costs $85. Choose to add any colors to any parts of your boots outlined in Colorlab. You can request samples of up to 3 colors from us, just email.
- Up to 3 changes (excluding color) to a stock boot is $85. This includes adding, removing or substituting a part of the boot ie; overlay/lace cover, speed strap, heel, tongue, animal friendly material, and changing the width or length including different ones for each foot.
- Unlimited color changes and up to 2 changes to a stock boot is $110.
- For all special make up and custom boots, you can request Velcro color, lace eyelet color and stitching color from the available options at no extra charge.
Full custom boots are a flat amount of $599. This is ideal for anyone wanting more changes than are outlined above and/or when one is requesting boots be made from tracings of the feet or plaster casts and detailed information is provided to assist in fulfilling the custom order.
Riedell offers a ton of colors including shiny metallic laminates, texturized “croc’ leather and animal print options. Refer to the Colorlab site to see what is available for your dream boots. If you don’t see something you’re looking for, just email us. When placing orders for special make ups, sending your Colorlab options to us as well ensures we will order exactly what you want.
Any Riedell boots can be ordered in one of the following widths:
Below are Riedell’s tongue options. You can substitute one tongue for another or get a stock tongue covered with a lining on a special make up boot.
Most boots have some sort of feature to assist in keeping your heel tucked tightly into the heel pocket to prevent slipping, lifting or otherwise shifting around. The following are options offered by Riedell:
FOR ANTIK BOOTS: the below pricing is added to stock boot price
Unlimited color and some boot changes for $90 – Choose from a variety of colors including shiny metallic to make your Antiks unique. You can even make your left and right boots different from one another. Check out Antik’s color option form here.
Areas to add color include:
FOR BONT BOOTS: the below pricing is added to stock boot price
Semi Custom is $30 – This covers using a foot tracing as a guide to create a boot using stock Bont lasts for your unique foot shape. This also includes color changes and some boot changes including added zig zag strap or ankle snug ties. Expected wait time is 4-6 weeks on these.
Color options for Derby Hybrid leather and carbon:
- Leather: Black, White, Blue, Red
- Shiny Microfiber: Pink, Yellow, Blue, Red, Light Blue, White, Black
- Matte Microfiber: Pink
Full Custom boots can be made from casts or lasers scans, please email for pricing and details.