Hockey skates may be the most important of the many pieces of equipment that are required in order to play the game. Basketball players insist that the shoes they choose are important components of their uniforms but with hockey, since it is played on ice, skates become even more critical to how the game is played. This article will help you choose the right skates by following a few practical pieces of advice.
Getting that ultimate fit in hockey skates is not always an easy task. One of the most effective methods for improving the fit of your skates is a process called skate baking. This is basically baking your skates like a cake and then putting them on until they are cooled off. This softens them and causes them to mold to the size of your feet. While you can find instructions online on how to do this at home, this can be risky if you don't know what you're doing, and you could easily ruin your skates, or even burn yourself! To err on the side of caution it's best to let the pros at the shop down the street do it with their specialized oven. Baking your hockey skates is almost like having a custom pair of skates made for you. The first thing you need to identify when shopping for hockey skates is your own foot shape. Many skates are tailored for either the wide foot or the narrow foot which makes this an important factor for you to know ahead of time. As you begin trying on your skates or ordering them from a catalog or online store you will need to choose your width choosing from standard boot widths designated as D or R and Wide boots designated as E, EE or W. While you may be able to judge this based on how you wear regular shoes, this isn't always the case, as you'll be putting a lot more stress on your feet when skating than by just walking around. The best way to really know what skates are right for your feet is to really try them out on the ice.
When buying hockey skates set an amount of money that you are comfortable spending and don't go over that amount. While you don't have to buy professional grade skates, especially if you're a beginner or intermediate player, you want to be sure that you get skates that are good enough to allow you to play well and improve your game. Decent quality skates for adults can be found at right about $100. Once you advance your skills and develop your game you can run into several hundreds of dollars for a good pair of skates but in the beginning one should do. Don't blow all your budget on skates as you are going to need a few other high ticket protective gear as well. Especially for new players it's very important to find the right skates. Don't be afraid to try on lots of skates and ask questions at the shops where they're sold. Keep the above considerations in mind when you look at and try on hockey skates and remember that this is one of your most important pieces of hockey gear, so take the time to shop around.