How to Break in New Skates

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Step 1

Lots and lots and lots of crossovers. You’ll be sick of them by the time you’ve broken your boots in. Do both forwards and backwards to vary it up a bit. Even though you’ll be focusing on crossovers, don’t negelect to do some basic warm-ups too, like stroking, 3-turns, and crossrolls.

Step 2

Wear them around the house (with the guards ON!). Walking on them won’t help a whole lot, but sitting and climbing stairs imitate the bending movements that you make on the ice.

Step 3

If your boots have broken down somewhat and are still uncomfortable, you may want to get them heat molded or punched out. In heat molding, the skates are put in a special “oven” to heat them up, and then quickly put on your feet (don’t worry, this doesn’t hurt) to mold to the shape of your foot. When you get your skate “punched out”, a bothersome part of the leather will be stretched slightly to give you more room in that particular area.

Tips and Warnings

  • People try to give estimates of how long it will take to break in boots, but you can’t really do that. The length of time depends on how often you try to break them in, how much you are bending in the boots, and how stiff the boots are. For example, a Reidell 21 RS will need little to no breaking in, but Graf Edmonton definitely will!

  • If you want, you can leave the first hook or two unlaced when you first start to break in the boots.

  • Some people like to start jumping right away in their boots, and others wait until they see a slight crease. It’s up to you what you want to do.

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