If you have a child who is interested in playing ice hockey, the chances are that you are going to need to purchase some youth hockey skates. Many hockey parents do not have much experience with hockey or purchasing ice hockey equipment, thus they might need a few tips to help them through the process.
Purchasing youth ice hockey skates is different than purchasing skates for adults because chances are if your child is growing they are going to need new skates every one to two years. I have even heard of cases where a new pair of skates did not last a growing child a whole season. Many parents are tempted to try and purchase skates a size or two larger than their child’s foot size to allow them to grow into their youth hockey skate, but this is not a good idea. Purchasing skates that are too large almost always results in blisters and a painful experience for your child. Make sure that you purchase youth hockey skates that fit your child well at the time they are trying them on.
If you are worried about the price of skates and not wanting to spend a lot of money on new hockey skates every year, you should really consider purchasing used youth hockey skates for your child. There are many kids in the same situation where they go through skates very quickly and because of this the result is that there are usually a lot of used skates that are still in great shape. Another option is that a few hockey shops offer a leasing program on youth hockey skates where you can pay a certain amount to lease the skates for a season and if they still fit at the end of the season you can easily extend your lease. However, if the skates no longer fit your child, you can renew your lease and upgrade to a larger sized skate without worrying about spending an arm and a leg.
Though purchasing children’s hockey skates for your child can seem intimidating and unnecessarily expensive, you definitely have options to make things easier on your budget and your child’s feet.