So, it’s time to buy the hockey player in your life a pair of skates. You should know that finding the right skates isn’t as simple as just going to your local sporting goods store, picking up a pair in the right size, and then going on your way. No, skates need to be bought using very specific guidelines since they are one of the most important pieces of hockey equipment you will buy your child.
First of all, you should obviously have your child try on any pair of skates before you buy. Have the child walk around in the skates. If he or she feels any pressure or pain, then it may be time to go up a size.
Conversely, the skates should not fit loosely. Heel slippage is a major indicator that the skates are too large. A lot of parents try and save money by buying skates for children to “grow into” but for safety and performance, skates need to be the right size for the child at the time they are purchased.
Do bear in mind that, even with the right size skates, they will have to be “broken in.” It is not uncommon for your child to complain about “stiff skates” or blisters the first couple of times he or she wears new skates. As such, save new skates for practices. Never buy or wear new skates to a tryout or game because they can hinder a player until they are broken in.
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