A great place to go when you're interested in renting ice skates is the neighborhood ice skating rink. Ice skating rinks sometimes have shops right there on the premises and most will be chock-full of ice skates in both adult and children's sizes. If you're interested in taking ice skating lessons, the cost of renting ice skates might actually be included in the cost of the lessons.
If you are renting ice skates for the first time, you'll want to make sure the skates fit properly. That might require the assistance of an ice skating rental operator. Remember the size you get because there is little chance that the size will change the next time you're renting ice skates - unless you're still growing and it's been a long time since you last skated.
Ice Skating Tips
When renting ice skates, here's what you can expect from the ice skating rental operator.
- He or she will ask what size shoe you normally wear. Start with a pair of skates that are a half size smaller than your normal shoe size.
- He or she will suggest that you loosen the laces and pull the tongue forward before attempting to put your foot into the skates. You really won't know how the skates fit until they are properly laced, but you will at least be able to tell whether your toes are "scrunched up". If they are, try the next size up.
- If you don't know how to lace the skates, he or she will tell (or show) you so that they fit snugly, especially around the ankle and the top of the boot. Proper ankle support is the key to successful ice skating!
- He or she should double-check the ice skate blades to ensure they are not dull. If they are, the blades should be sharpened. This is easily accomplished as there typically will be a blade sharpener on-site.
- The ice skate rental operator may offer instructions on how to use the ice skates to stop and also on how to fall safely.