Breaking in a pair of new figure skates can be an excruciating experience. While many skaters only use one pair of skates per year and then throw them out, there are many skaters that keep them longer. Skating in new boots can be uncomfortable and breaking them naturally can take time. However, there are a few tips you can use to accelerate the process. Here are a few of them.
I know it may seem counterintuitive to put your pair of brand new $600 high quality figure skate boots in the oven, but trust us on this, it works.
First, preheat your oven to around 180 f. Once the oven has preheated, turn it off, put your skates on a baking sheet and place it on the middle rack. Close the door and leave them there for about 5 to 8 minutes. When you take the skates out, you’ll notice that are way softer than before you put them in. Now wear them immediately so they can take the form of your feet. Wear them long enough to cool down and you’ll notice that they’ll be much more comfortable next time you wear them.
The best way to break in new skating boots is to use them. Unfortunately, we don’t all have the time to be on the rink 24/7 and you don’t particularly want to suffer while you skate. One easy solution would be to wear them around the house. Your feet’s heat will help soften the leather and you can remove the skates whenever you feel uncomfortable. You don’t necessarily have to walk around either, you can wear them while lounging in front of the TV and your body heat will do the work. However, make sure that you wear skate guards at all times to prevent any damage to your floors.
Having a professional punch out your skating boots where they hurt the most is a practice a lot of skaters use, and it works. Where the skates should be punched depends mainly on the shape of your feet and the boots themselves. A professional will put the skates on a machine that will stretch out the particular areas of the skates you want, leaving your foot with more space and reducing pressure.
If you want to break your skates naturally, then you have to watch how you lace them the first time you skate in them. You shouldn’t lace them as hard as you would with older skates. Some people prefer to lace them up to the second hole from the top. This will give you all the support you need while reducing the discomfort gradually.