BREAKING IN NEW SKATES
Breaking in new skates can be uncomfortable, but should not be painful. The leather used in skates is stiff and needs to soften to your specific foot shape. Proper fit is essential to performance and longevity of the skate and figure skating.
If your skates are heat moldable and you require additional assistance in obtaining the proper fit, we will assist you. Your skates will be heated at a carefully controlled temperature and molded to your feet without breaking the skate down.
Do not walk on boots that do not have a blade mounted.
For the first few sessions, the skates should not be laced too tight and the top hook should be left unlaced. Some skaters find a hair elastic looped over the top hooks provides support without restricting knee bend while the foot settles properly into the boot. It may be necessary to retie your boots as the boot conforms to your foot and ankle area and as the laces stretch.
Gel socks, sponges or moleskin can be used to prevent blisters caused by the breaking in process. Begin slowly and go easy on your new boots. Limit jumps and spins, gradually increasing the amount of time on the ice using your new boots.