How to Buy Ice Skates

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A properly-fitted boot is the most important part of your time on the ice. A secure fit can prevent painful blisters and improve performance. In addition, your boot and blade combination should be level-specific and should perfectly fit your abilities and needs. We encourage you to make an appointment with one of our trained technicians to ensure that you receive the quality care that you require. For our online shoppers, here is a general guide to our selection, and remember that sometimes categories can overlap:

If you can't wait for pond hockey season and don't like to use guards and/or you love the public skate sessions at your local rink, the Recreational Skate Packages might be right for you. These packages give you boot and blade combinations that are perfect for everything up to beginning Learn to Skate lessons.

If you think you can pass your next Learn to Skate Basic Skills test before the season's over and you're thinking about private lessons, Beginner Skate Packages might fit your needs. These are boot and blade combinations that can take a skater into the Basic Skills Freestyle levels.

If you feel like you only need one more week of working on that double flip jump to get it right, check out the individualized Boots and Blades links. These customized options give the more advanced skater the flexibility of choosing the appropriate skates. These boots and blades range from Beginner through Senior US Figure Skating levels.

If you're a first-time buyer, here are a few good tips on how to size skates:

1) First, most recreational skates run according to shoe size; however, to be safe, you can always give us a measurement in inches of the length of your longest foot. Stand with your heels against a wall and measure perpendicularly to the end of the largest toe.

2) For children, add a size for growth room. For adults, leave your shoe size as your skate size.

3) Some skates come in N (Narrow) M (Medium) and W (Wide) widths. Unless you are a high-level skater, width is common sense: if you think your feet are wide for their length, they probably are. M widths are a good bet for those who feel perfectly comfortable in all sneakers.

4) Keep in mind that thin socks are best (the thinner, the better).

5) When lacing skates, always lace the instep firmly. Then, lace the ankle eyelets snugly enough that there is ankle support. You should be able to fit two fingers into the top of the Achilles heel of the boot when the skater is flexed forward in the boot.

6) When walking around, the skater's heel should not lift out of the boot unless it is a child and you are accounting for growth. Even then, lift-out should be kept to a minimum (less than half an inch).

These are just some of the things to look for when sizing skates. To ensure a proper fit, come in to see our technicians at any of our locations. We are more than happy to answer any questions you may have, so feel free to contact us!