When starting out, don't buy your own skates. You can rent a pair from most ice rinks for a small fee. Ice skates are available in a whole range of shoe sizes, but there is a chance the rink won’t stock your exact size. Bring a couple of pairs of socks along to pad out your rental skates if you have to go up a size. The extra padding makes them less roomy, prevents blisters, and will keep your feet extra warm. The skates should feel comfortable, and the laces tied tightly. If you eventually get the ice skating bug, you may want to invest in your own skates. They will fit much better, give good support, and improve your performance on the ice.
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