It is entirely normal for new hockey skates to be uncomfortable when they are new; breaking the skates in is necessary to reduce pain. Hockey skates may also be uncomfortable because they are not the correct fit. Skates fit much differently than regular shoes, but this is often overlooked.
How comfortable should hockey skates be?
In the shop, skates should feel snug, but not painful. Some room for the feet to grow is fine but going 1.5-2 sizes up for the skate “to be good next season” will make your kid miserable and jeopardize his/her learning. It is important to remember that new skates will not feel comfortable – they are not sneakers.
Are hockey skates supposed to hurt?
When you first skate in your new skates, yes, it is normal for there to be a little discomfort. It is normal to get the odd blister, or a bit of a pain. This discomfort should only affect you the first few times you use your skates. This is the normal process of breaking in a new pair of skates.
How should hockey skates feel?
Hockey skates should be snug, but not uncomfortably tight. When unlaced, your toes should just barely touch the toe cap. When standing in your skates with them fully laced, you want your heel snug in the heel pocket, so your toes have a bit of space at the end.
Why are ice skates so uncomfortable?
One of the biggest causes for uncomfortable hockey skates comes from them not being broken in. When you first get a pair of hockey skates, they will be very stiff and tight. In a way, this is a good thing because it allows the skates to form to your foot as they break-in.
Can hockey skates be too stiff?
If you skate for many hours a day, under the same grueling conditions as do pros, ultra stiff skates could be in order. Pros break in (and down) their skates quickly. They need very stiff skates so that they won’t have to break in several pairs during one hockey season.
Why do my feet hurt so bad in hockey skates?
Players that experience foot pain, “hot spots,” or other general discomfort may be suffering from lace bite, a common injury caused by hockey skates. Learn the best way to lace and tie your skates to avoid this problem.
Should skates be tight?
The skate should fit very snug for proper support to enable a good push-off without any movement of your foot inside the skate. And finally, it takes a few wears to break in a new pair of skates. Baking your skates is another option that helps expedite the break-in process to get a more custom fit.
Should my toes touch the end of my skates?
Finding the Right Fit:
There should be no slippage of your foot in the skate boots. The skate boot should fit snug, not loose not like your slippers you wear around your house, or your slip on shoes. Your toes should either barely touch the end of your boot or be almost touching.
Should skate shoes be tight or loose?
In principle, your shoes shouldn’t be so big that you swim in them, but they shouldn’t be so small that they constrict your feet on the sides or toe area. The rule of thumb: there should be a small space, about the size of the width of your thumb.
How do you know if your skates are too small?
You can often determine that your hockey skates are too small if your toes always touch the toe cap. There should be space when you are in a hockey stance, and if there is no space, then your hockey skates are too small for your foot’s length.
How do I stop my feet from hurting when skating?
Q&A: Why do I have cramp-like foot pain when I skate? How can I make my feet relax?
- Stand up with both feet parallel about hip width apart, ideally in bare feet but if in shoes, they must be flat shoes.
- Bend your knees slightly while keeping your back absolutely upright (no leaning forwards at all).