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  • Wear one pair of thin socks, tights, or nylons—no thick socks.
  • Ice skates must fit tightly, unlike street shoes.
  • Generally, wear skates smaller than your shoe size. If you have narrow or wide feet, ask a staff member for sizing help.
  • Your toes should touch or nearly touch the end of the skates.
  • If the lace opening shrinks as you lace, your skates are probably too big.
  • If your ankles are falling in, this means your skates are probably too big, too used, not laced properly, and/or not laced tightly enough.
  • We have regular skates and hockey skates. Typically, learn to skate in regular skates. If you plan to play hockey, switch to hockey skates later.
  • >Also, we have different skate models. Some are from different manufacturers. You might need to experiment to find the right rental skates for you. We can help, though!
  • Important! After choosing a pair of skates that fits properly, record the number written on the sole and always ask for that pair by that number. You get on the ice quicker and you don’t have to adjust your skating to a different pair of skates each time.


Send an email to me, Keneth Langley, Skating School Director, for help or to schedule a measuring appointment.

  • I order and maintain skates suitable for skaters in our program. Even if you do not plan to buy right away, I advise you.
  • There are differences in skating equipment. Buy the right skates based on age, ability, and goals.
  • Buy skates even if your child is growing. Skates can have growing room.
  • Budget for one pair per year. Then, resell or pass skates down to other family members, if possible.
  • Skaters progress faster with their own skates due to consistency, fit, support, and sharpening. Skates also encourage skaters to persevere and stay involved, which they are more likely to do since they skate more easily and progress faster.
  • Use your time, money, and talent wisely! No cheap skates!

Care and Maintenance

  • Walk on rubber flooring only—not in the lobby, on the metal ramps, on the plastic in the doorways, or on the wooden bleachers.
  • Also, keep your skates from clicking together when you hold or carry them.
  • Do not store skates in your locker or skate bag—the boots will rot and the blades will rust.
  • Use cloth blade covers for transport and storage.
  • Store only after the blade covers and blades are dry.
  • Use rubber blade guards for walking, not for storage or transport—your blades will rust.
  • Leave your skates with me, Keneth Langley, Skating School Director for sharpening about every 20-30 hours of skating.
  • Establish and maintain a regular sharpening schedule.