How to choose your ice skates

When you're headed out onto the ice, you want to have a pair of skates that will allow you to practice the sport comfortably. We'll help you choose the right skates for kids and adults.

women's figure skates

Choose your skates based on your age, the type of skating you will do, and level of support you feel that you need. Beginners may want more support, while those with more experience may feel comfortable with a skate that offers more flexibility.

Figure skates should be quite flexible because of the movements involved (spinning, jumping, etc.). They are generally made with leather to allow for this type of flexibility. The blades will have toe picks at the front to allow for more control during spins and jumps.

Hockey skates should have a more loose fit than figure skates and do not have any picks at the front of the blade. This allows for greater speed and agility during play.

young girl and woman skating
hockey skates

Finding the right fit

It is very important to get the right fit for your skates. Take some time to try on a few different options to get the one that is right for your foot.

There are two parts of the skate: the boot and the blade. When trying on new skates, you want to find a boot size that fits you well. Here are a few things to consider when trying on your new skates.

- What type of socks will you be wearing when you skate? Try the skates on with the type of socks you will be wearing. You want to have room in the boot for thicker socks if that is what is most comfortable for you.

- Pay attention to the width of the boot as well as the length. You want a snug fit all around your foot.

- Consider the height of the boot as well. Does it end at a place that is comfortable for your leg and ankle? Or does it feel that it will cut into your leg at an uncomfortable place?

Skates for kids

Some children's skate models are adjustable, which allows you to change the fit as your child's foot grows. 

Buckles can be easier than laces for kids to do up on their own. Multiple buckles across the boot also provide additional support for the foot. 

Extra padding inside the boot will give the skate a snug and comfortable fit. You want to be sure there is adequate support for the foot and ankle.

young boy and girl skating

Always remember to take care of your skates between skating sessions. Wipe them clean of any water, snow or ice once you have finished skating. Protect the blade with a blade guard before storing your skates; and remember to sharpen the blades regularly. When cared for properly, your ice skates should last for many seasons. 

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