Posts Tagged ‘Skates’

Mommy, Where do Rollerskates come from?

In the beginning there was nothing.  Then Riedell said, “Let there be skates” and then there were skates on the Derby Girls’ feet.  And it was good.

So… Do you ever wonder where your skates came from?  I’ve put together some really cool little blog about how your hand-made skates came to be. Watch this great video from Riedell:

Video of Riedell Skates being Made

A pictorial Guide of skates being made:

Picture 1: Skates get cut out of the different leather

Picture 2: then they use templates to mask out where they want different parts of the skate to be sewn together.

Picture 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7: Then they sew the skate together in large leather sewing machines. Blades on the edge of the machine cut away excess leather.

Picture 8: They are then put on a machine called a “LASTER” which shapes the skate to different sized feet. If you have a wide foot they put it on a wide last.

Look at this crazy machine!

Here is a picture of Skates “in queue” to be put in the laster:

Then they nail the leather to the bottom of the skate with this machine:

When they come out they look like this:

Then a cement gets applied and heated by this heater which activates a glue so they can cement the sole to the skate.

Here is a picture of some skates getting ready to be soled:

Once the sole is cemented on then they must sew the sole on with an industrial sewing machine that can get through all these layers!

The whole process takes approx 4 weeks and when you are done you have an amazing set of rollerskates made in the U.S.  from the Riedell factory in Redwing,  MN.  Thanks Riedell!  Keep making awesome skates for us.

Here is a link to their build your own custom skates.  If you are interested in having Bruised Boutique help you build your dream skates, then please feel free to save them as a pdf and email them to: for a price quote!



When do I replace my Pivot Cups?

Your skates are different than they used to be. You don’t know why, but they are just different. Maybe a little floppy loosey goosey. They just aren’t reacting the same. What’s that you say? You haven’t really adjusted them in the last two years? They skated fine until yesterday? Well in these installments we are going to look over some inexpensive and easy ways to tune up your skates.


Todays installment:  Pivot Cups

This is your pivot cup. It sits between your plate and your truck where the point of your truck meets the plate.  Pivot Cups cushion the truck when it moves (pivots) and creates a safe haven for friction so you don’t wear down the metal or nylon on your plate. When your pivot cups wear down your skates feel a bit out of control. They are loosey goosey. The pivot pin should sit snugly in this little cushion, without movement. If there is movement like below you should replace your pivot cups:


Also if they are no longer round shaped and look kind of oval they are wearing out.  Here I’m holding up a new pivot cup next to the old pivot cup.

When they wear out too much they can cause seriously damage to your plates or your trucks can pop off completely.

The good news: They are easy to replace and only cost $1 for all 4! You should check them often, a few times a year for wear. You can purchase them here:

Instructions for changing your pivot cups
1. Unscrew your kingpin nut with your skate tool
2. Take off the top cushion and the truck
3. Pop that sucker out with a screwdriver or something long and small
4. Pop your new pivot cup in its place
5. Put your truck and Cushion back on
6. Screw the kingpin nut back on.

That’s it folks…. next installment: Cushions: Regaining Control of your Skates by changing out those ratty stock cushions with soft derby style cushions!


That’s all for now!  Thanks and see you next week!



Dee Stortion