VINTAGE JACK RILEY LEATHER ICE SKATES - MENS SIZE 12
(full item description/condition info can be found below story)
When Richard Lundgren found out Julie Bergstrom, the most beautiful girl in the class of 1964 at St. Olaf College, loved to ice skate he began to make plans. He went to the sporting goods and bought a pair of Jack Riley ice skates. He figured she would be impressed that he owned a pair of the famous hockey player’s authorized skates. Then timed out when Julie would be coming out her Philosophy 101 class and positioned himself just outside the door, wearing a bright red nordic sweater with his ice skates slung over his shoulder. His plan worked.
“Dick, I didn’t know you were an ice skater,” Julie said to with a surprised look on her face.
“Oh I’ve been known to cut some ice now and then,” He replied trying look as cool as possible. “Say, you like ice skating too, don’t cha? Would you like to go skating with me sometime?”
“I’d love too, how about tonight? I was planning on going to the rink anyway,” she said.
“Oh…ah…um…yeah…that would be great,” Richard stuttered out, as he was already trying to figure out in his head how he was going to learn to ice skate in less than five hours.
Richard met Julie at the ice skating rink that evening and he when he stepped out onto the ice promptly landed on this backside taking her down with him. When he tried to stand up on the ice and went down again, she could not help but burst into laughter. She told him that she knew he couldn’t skate but had been waiting all semester for him to ask her out. He then began to laugh too and over the next two hours she taught him how to skate—a memory they both like to laugh about even now, after almost fifty years of marriage.
We can't say whether these were Richard Lundgren's ice skates or not but they don't look like they were used more than about two hours. This nice pair of Jack Riley Signature Model skates were made in Canada probably in the 1960s. They feature all leather construction with steel blades. They are a mens size 12 and have 13.25" blades. The boot itself is 5.5" tall and the tongues have foam pads. The sole measures 12.5" long and 4" wide at its widest point (the ball of the foot). These skates are ready to go out on the ice in vintage style or would make a wonderful decorative accessory to a lodge decor or fun Christmas and winter decorations.
This pair of skates is in very good to excellent condition with limited signs of use. There are a few scuffs to the leather mainly on the fronts. The blades are still shiny and free of rust. The laces are also in like new condition.
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