- Parent Category: Skates and Clothes
There are a few factors that are going to affect how quickly you adjust to new skates. The question is probably as much "how long does it take to break in new skates"? Part of getting accustomed to new skates is having the skate boot bend and flex a bit more easily as you wear them. The higher the level of skater, the stiffer the boot and the more work it's going to be to break in the boot. A heavier and stronger skater will break in a boot more readily than a smaller, less muscular skater.
The second part of getting used to a new skate is how the new skate is different from the old skate. If the skate is a size larger than the previous skate, that means that the blade may be a little longer. The picks may have a slightly different profile which can affect landing and may even affect skating.
My kids usually stop talking about their new skates after a week or two skating 3 or 4 times a week but I don't know if they're fully adjusted to them by that time or not or if they've just stopped complaining. I guess that's about 8-10 hours of on-ice time. When they first get new skates, they are heat-moulded to their feet in the store and then they wear them in the house with the guards on which helps their feet get used to the skates and the skates mould to their feet.
As I'm not a skater, I'm not that qualified to say too much more than this. Talk to your skater's coach and they can probably give you a bit more detail.