If you are interested in purchasing ice skates, it is recommended to buy skates from a store that deals exclusively with figure skates. If that is not an option, take the time, before making that purchase, to learn about the many different kinds of figure skates that are available.
Boys and men wear black skating boots and girls’ and women’s skating boots are usually white.
Don’t buy cheap skates:
Keep in mind that there’s an “unwritten rule” in the ice skating world. People who “know skating” are aware that inexpensive boots and blade sets that are sold at sporting good stores or department stores are usually not acceptable most of the time. Those kind of skates are okay if you just plan to skate once in awhile, but your entire ice skating experience will be more positive on skates that include good boots and blades.
Skates for beginning ice skaters:
Some entry level skates are made with a soft and comfortable boot, but leather and vinyl figure skates are also available for beginning ice skaters. These type of skates are not meant for intermediate and advanced figure skaters.
Boot and blade ice skate combination packages are also an option for beginning and intermediate level figure skaters. If you purchase a boot-blade package, be aware that the boots should be somewhat stiff to give feet and ankles support, but should be flexible enough to break in and feel comfortable.
Make sure skates fit:
There should be no extra room in the boot, especially in the heel, and new figure skating boots may hurt. A figure skating boot should “fit like a glove.”
Used skates are okay:
Good used skating boots and blades might be better than inexpensive, lower-quality new skates, but make sure that the used figure skating boot has support. Also, the blades most have some “sharpening life” left.
Don’t skimp on blades:
As a figure skater begins to work on spins and jumps, the quality of the blade will affect spin and jump quality.
Ask a figure skating coach:
Skating teachers may recommend a certain brand of figure skating boots and blades. Some popular brands of boots and blades for entry level skaters are Jackson and Riedell and MK Blades. Paramount Blades are also a popular option.
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