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Shopping for skates as an adult can be a vastly different experience than buying skates for children. Adults have the freedom to choose a relatively higher level boot because of their body mass and muscle power. This means they can go straight to intermediate boots without feeling like their movements are restricted. However, there are a few things to avoid when it comes to choosing skates.

Firstly, it’s important to avoid going straight for the most elite boot. Adults should start from intermediate boots that are recommended for single to double jumps. It could take a year for you to figure out your best fit, and your first pair of skates is often not the perfect fit. While we can get you the perfect size at the time of skate fitting, your foot may change size in the summer and winter. This means your perfect fit in the summer might not be your perfect fit in the winter.

Secondly, it’s tempting to go for a larger size for comfort. Some skaters don’t like the snugness of properly fitted boots and prefer a looser fit. However, buying oversized skates can lead to potential foot problems and performance issues. We’ve explained this in detail in a previous article, “Skating into Danger: Why Buying Oversized Skates for Children is a Risky Move.” Although the article talks about children, the same principle applies to adults.

Lastly, it’s important to avoid the desire to have the same boots as your favorite skater. A lot of adults start skating because of an ice celebrity, and it’s natural to want to wear the same setup as your favorite skater. However, skates are performance footwear, and correct sizing and fit are extremely important if you want to progress in the sport. Don’t force your foot into something that doesn’t work well for you.

In conclusion, while adults have more freedom to choose higher level boots, it’s important to start from intermediate boots and avoid buying oversized skates or forcing your foot into a boot that doesn’t fit. Ultimately, the key is finding the right fit that will protect your ankles while allowing for optimal movement on the ice.

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