Many people that do not have much experience playing and/or watching ice hockey do not realize that ice hockey goalie skates are much different than that of the hockey skates the forwards wear in hockey. I think that a lot of inexperienced hockey players that want to play goalie do not realize exactly how different ice hockey goaltender skates really are.
One of the major differences between the two different positions skates is that the hockey goalie skate has a much flatter blade. This means that there is more of the skate blades surface area that is touch the ice. Forward hockey skates usually have a bigger rocker when you compare them to goalie skates. Not only are goalie skate blades longer and flatter, but the hollow on ice hockey goalie skates is usually set to be a bit more shallow when you get the skates sharpened. The feel that you get when you skate with a goalie skate is much different than you would get with forward skates, but these goaltender skates are made like this for good reason, because it really allows the goalie to move and skate they way that they need to in order to be successful.
Not only are the skate blades on goaltender skate much different, but the cut of the skate seems quite a bit different too. When you compare the two different types of ice hockey skates, you will notice that the forward skate seems to have more ankle support as they rise higher, but goalie skates are almost a low-top version of forward skates. Much of the support in the legs and ankles that goalies get come from the skates, but support also comes from the goalie pads. In order for the goalie leg pads to fit more comfortably it seems that goalie skates are cut lower to accommodate for the way the pads sit on the foot.
Finally, the other main difference between the two types of ice hockey skates is the way that ice hockey goaltender skates offer much more in terms of protection. Goaltenders take a lot of shots to the front and sides of the feet and to protect against foot injuries goalie skates come with a white or black shell which can help to prevent hurting your foot. While a lot of hockey players who are not goalies would argue that they might take more shots off of their foot, especially defensemen, the reason why forwards do not have the added protection on their skates is because it is not practical and would slow the player down with the added weight and bulk.
If you are thinking about giving goalie a try, I would definitely recommend that you borrow a pair of hockey goaltender skates from somebody you know who plays goalie. It can be quite a shock when you switch from forward to goalie skates and quite honestly you might find that the difference in the way that the two types of skates are might be enough to persuade you to keep playing forward in ice hockey.

Ice Hockey Goalie Skates