Hand Lasting: The Formula for SP-Teri’s Famed Fit

What makes SP-Teri the best fitting boot? Simple: the SP-Teri Last designed by Joseph Spiteri in 1963. Our last allows the skater’s foot to lay flat in the boot for maximum comfort and control. And since 1963, the last has been modified three times to keep step with the evolution of the human foot.

For control, SP-Teri has always realized that skaters need a boot that fits snugly but not tightly. That’s why-instead of a pointed toe which can cramp the foot-our last is designed with a rounded toe box. It allows the foot to get close to the end of the boots without squeezing the second, third and fourth toes.

The arch of SP-Teri boots has been redesigned to accommodate the lower arches of today’s skaters. This is especially important for younger skaters whose feet are still developing.

SP-Teri boot’s heel pitch allows the skater to balance at the center of the blade. A boot with a high heel shifts the skater’s weight to the toe picks, and a low heel throws the weight back. Center balance on the blade gives the skater ideal body position for shifting weight.

The heel in the SP-Teri boots is designed narrow to hold the foot more securely. And the back curve holds the heel in a snug position for jumping control. A very narrow AAAAA heel width is available on special request.

For custom boots we can change the Last to conform to the skaters foot shape and allowances for bunions, spurs, hammer toes and high instep.