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Good ice skates are a basic requirement for carefree ice skating fun.
We want to briefly explain what to look out for when skating:
1. The shoe must give the foot stable support.
If the foot does not have a firm hold in the shoe, the muscles of the ankle have to take over the work, walking becomes unsafe and the feet hurt!
This means that the shoe has to fit like a glove and not be too loose or too soft. Even with children, if possible, do not buy shoes to "grow in". A sock is ok - more should be avoided. It is better to put aluminum soles in your shoes against cold feet.
The shoe is the link between the body of the runner and the runner on the ice, if it "wobbles" here, the runner's movements are inaccurately transmitted to the runner.
Of course, the shoe must not pinch or have manufacturing defects - wrinkles on the ankles are not a pleasure.
2. The skate must slide smoothly over the ice.
This means that the rails must be sanded. Make sure to have a specialist do it!
Attention: newly bought ice skates are often still unpolished. Ice skates that you rent or buy from us are always sharpened and ready for use.
Important: The ground rails (runners) must be protected outside of the ice. On the way to the ice rink, stay on the rubber mats or use blade protectors! Please always make sure not to walk over stone or tiles!
3. The skates should be practical.
Some shoes are difficult to lace. Velcro fasteners or buckles must hold reliably. Lacing with lots of hooks is a bit more tedious, but it improves the fit considerably. Size-adjustable shoes seem to be practical, but the relationship between rail and shoe is often wrong - rails that are too short make standing unsafe, rails that are too long make turning and translating more difficult.
4. Figure skates or hockey skates?
We recommend adult beginners figure skates because they offer a better stance thanks to the longer rail: don't make your life unnecessarily difficult!
Anyone who owns hockey shoes can of course take part in our courses - perhaps try on the opportunity to compare the art skating shoes from our rental shop, you will immediately feel the difference.
This recommendation does not apply to the same extent for children, as they usually overcome the beginners' hurdles more easily than adults.
Conclusion: If you have your own shoes, make sure that they still fit, that the runners are sanded and that the material still offers the necessary support for the ankles. If you have ice skates and are not sure whether they are suitable, bring them with you, we will be happy to advise you.
Buy or rent ice skates?
Our advice: first borrow shoes from us, so you can test your ice skates before you buy your own. We offer various options such as seasonal lending and hire-purchase. This way you can gain experience during the season. It is often difficult for beginners to find the “right” ice skates. Take advantage of our advisory services.
Conclusion: Please note our rental offer - good material increases learning success and makes the sport considerably more enjoyable!
In the case of figure skating shoes, the rail is straight, i.e. it rests on the ice for a relatively long distance.
In the front are spikes that are used for jumping and for top strides. Please do not brake with your teeth!
The dreaded stumbling over the point results from an unclean running technique. In “normal” walking, your feet roll over your toes and you take steps to move forward. On the ice, space is gained by sliding, the feet must not roll and, above all, no space-consuming steps must be taken. As soon as the beginner stops "walking", the point will no longer interfere with ice skating.
The rail of the figure skate (left) helps the beginner to find a safe stance.
Since the rear rail is longer than the shoe, you can lean back further without tilting backwards.
A tip: the figure skating shoes are available in black and white!
In the case of hockey shoes (right), the rail is shorter and has less contact with the ice, it has no spikes and is reminiscent of a "chopping knife". The splint ends at the back directly under the shoe.
This rail supports the agile running of the hockey player.
A light template fits the hockey shoe. The posture of the cautious adult novice tends to be more upright. This leads to a "wobbly" stance on the hockey rail and can therefore increase uncertainty.
We therefore advise against adult beginners from hockey shoes.
Conclusion: Adult beginners should start with well-fitting figure skating shoes. Children approach the new sport much less well and usually get along equally well with figure skating and hockey skates.
Warning: new skates are often not sharpened.
Our ice skates for hire and sale have the right cut!
Please note our grinding service.
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