Q. I’ve been skating for 6 months and would like to get my first pair of skates. Where should I go and what do I need to know in advance?

A. Congratulations! First, if you have a private lesson instructor, you should discuss with him or her which boots and blades they prefer for your skill level. Next, go to a reputable dealer who have several brands of boots for you to try. Everyone is different, and it is important to find the right boot for your type of foot! Finally, the “break-in” period for new boots ranges greatly. You may experience soreness, pain and possibly blisters for the first few times you use your new boots. This is normal. Good luck!

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