How long does it take to adjust to new figure skates?

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.


# Gigi 2015-11-02 18:53
Hi Skater's Dad,

My daughter recently started ice skating. She does a lot of gymnastics - so has been catching on relatively fast.

On the advice of her coach - I got her new skates - because she had already worn out the boots in the (fairly new) skates that had I bought her.

Anyway, the shop (that sold me the new skates) told us that they were sharpened.

However, after she skated in them for a few hours - she came off the ice - crying - and was saying that she could NOT stop in these skates.

I took her skates into another shop. And, the pro shop guy - said these skates did not even have a hollow and had NEVER been sharpened!!

And that - it would have been almost impossible for her to have been able to stop in them.

He sharpened the skates. But, my daughter did not get a chance to try them - because by then - the public skate session had ended.

She is still afraid to wear them.

So - I was wondering - how much easier should it be now to stop in these - now that they have a hollow and how can I convince my daughter - that she should give these skates another chance Thanks! - Gigi
# Skatersdad 2015-11-04 11:19
Hi Gigi,

Properly sharpened skates can definitely have an impact on how your daughter can stop and skate. However, freshly sharpened skates can also make it difficult to stop. Very sharp edges dig into the ice which makes it hard to turn the skates against the direction of travel which is fundamentally what you need to do to stop. Whether she is turning sideways to stop or doing a snow-plow stop she still has to angle the blade against the direction of travel. Usually after blades have been skated on a few times, the sharpening wears down enough to make stopping a little easier.

So, too sharp or too dull - both work against easy stopping. Tell your daughter to try the skates again and that they should be fine now. But warn her that they might still feel different from the old pair because the blades are frshly sharpened. It might take a couple of skates before stopping becomes easy again.