Ice Skates – What To Buy?

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There are always lots of people asking me about skates, so I thought I would put up a quick post about buying skates. This article is aimed at the first-time boot buyers (beginner skaters) and not the more advanced skaters, as those skaters will have individual boot and blade requirements that they should discuss with their coach when considering buying new skates.

First of all let me start by saying PLEASE DO NOT BUY THEM ONLINE! Ice Skates come in different shapes and width fittings, and feet also tend to come in a variety of shapes so it is of utmost importance that you have your feet measured and boots fitted before you buy. If you have a really thin foot (or heel) there might be a certain brand of skate that will suit you more, or if you have a particularly wide foot then this could be another style of boot altogether. I cannot stress enough the importance of having your boots fitted properly by somebody that understands all about skates!

Also be wary of buying brand new boots that are dirt cheap. While these may seem like a bargain you will undoubtedly end up with a synthetic boot that offers little to no support around the ankle which is where you need it most. Think of the equivalent as going skiing with skis made out of rubber! Bad skates will prevent you from being able to skate properly. You will end up having to buy a new pair anyway so that ‘bargain’ you saw in the sports shop was false economy. Even if you are just a recreational skater I would make the effort to invest in a decent pair.

A good beginner boot does not have to break the bank. You can buy good solid beginner boots from £39 (childrens sizes) to £68 (adult sizes). And all beginner boots come with blade already fitted so there is no extra expense!

If you are planning on investing in skates there is a shop at Lee Valley Ice Centre that stocks reliable brands, and with a proprietress who will make sure you are leaving with the correct boots for you.

If you would like to know more about buying skates please contact me for information. If you would like to know more about beginner ice skating lessons please click here.