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Koryuu
09-03-2007, 11:55 PM
I'm planning to be Mikan from Air Gear for next Sakuracon, but unfortunately anything outside of the traditional shoe category is forbidden. I was thinking that maybe I could slide by if I could keep the wheels from spinning, making them more like a normal shoe. My friend said that there's such a thing as "locking" your rollerblades, but I haven't been able to find anything relating to it. And let's face it: the costume just isn't the same without them.

Sorry if another thread like this has already been created, and if it has, please point it out to me. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks a bunch.

ChrowX
09-04-2007, 09:24 AM
I'd contact the con-staff on that one because I had the same idea for my Skull Sader costume for Ohayocon.

I figured if I just wrapped some wires through the spokes so the wheels wouldn't roll and the con-staff would leave me alone. However, they went zero-tolerance on the rollerblades because there was this girl who decided to wear hers around the con. They continually yelled at her for it until they just took her badge away.

Every con is different and if you can get the blessings of the Hotel and the Con-staff you may be just fine. The big issue is usually the hotel, though, because they insist that wearing rollerblades will ruin their precious carpets (not that a few thousand people won't, right? :P)

If the Con-staff allows you to bind the wheels and say it's okay then you could probably get away with zip-tying the spokes of each wheel. However, walking around in rollerblades is very awkward and potentially painful with stairs and such <.<;
Might be worth it to just save the rollerblades for an outside photoshoot? Not like they can give you crap for wearing them outside, right?

Technowraith
09-04-2007, 10:53 AM
If you're up to the challenge: mae a traditional pair of shos look like rollerblades?

There are ways to lock your rollerblades, and the exact method differs between manufacturers.

But I agree with ChrowX: Contact the convention staff and explain to them what your intentions are. Your best option (though not the most desirable) maybe to take your rollerblades and then just put them on for photoshoots and things like that.

Koryuu
09-04-2007, 08:01 PM
The other option would be to just take the wheels off my rollerblades. The con that I'm going to is held at a convention center with absolutely zero carpeting, so I doubt that they could complain about that. There are lots of stairs, however... Maybe I'll e-mail them just to be sure, but it looks like they've got me cornered pretty well...

ChrowX
09-04-2007, 10:38 PM
Ooo... Plastic/Metal of RollerBlades + Tile/Concrete floors = Slippage and Pain.

If they don't have carpets I think you might be good, but as always, the best idea is just to check with the con staff.

Koryuu
09-05-2007, 02:09 AM
Ooh... hadn' thought of that. Dang it all, I just can't figure out how to get around this!! I suppose I could put some kind of tread on the bottom of the locked wheels or de-wheeled skates... but what a pain that would be.

Kesra
09-05-2007, 02:34 AM
I have a couple of ideas but I don't know how practical they'd be.

FIRST: Could you buy a different set of wheels for them and cut them flat up to the bearing? But my concern would be how comfortable they would be....I used to roller blade alot and those things can make your feet SORE after a long day

SECOND And probably the least practical of the two: If only there was a way that you could make a clear plastic casing around the entire bottom of the rolleblades so they'd still be visable as rollerblades but would have flat bottoms...But I can't figure out how to do that without super clear resin....

Koryuu
09-05-2007, 11:24 PM
I have a couple of ideas but I don't know how practical they'd be.

FIRST: Could you buy a different set of wheels for them and cut them flat up to the bearing? But my concern would be how comfortable they would be....I used to roller blade alot and those things can make your feet SORE after a long day

SECOND And probably the least practical of the two: If only there was a way that you could make a clear plastic casing around the entire bottom of the rolleblades so they'd still be visable as rollerblades but would have flat bottoms...But I can't figure out how to do that without super clear resin....
That actually sounds rather plausible... but how would I keep my weight from crushing the resin? I guess I'll have to go poking around some hardware stores.

NekoMimiChan
09-06-2007, 09:23 AM
umm...there may be a legal / liability reason for the hotel or convention not wanting you to wear rollerblades. hotels have to have insurance in case you slip on some misplaced jello or something (negligence) or get injured on their premises. since you said the hotel had lots of stairs...stairs + rollerblades = injury, that might be the reason they don't want you wearing them. The hotel just wants to cover their butt, in case you want to try to bust yours and then sue them.

I'm like you, the rollerblades really make the costume, but it just looks like its going to be too difficult unless the hotel lets you. sowwy