Purchasing Skates – New vs. Used


When buying skates for young children it is not always necessary to purchase new ones. Keep in mind that children grow out of their skates very quickly and do not abuse them very much. More often than not parents can find a pair of used children’s skates in excellent condition.


Note: When buying skates for a young child, it is helpful to establish a time line as to when the child last changed shoe sizes. Once this is established, parents will have a good idea of just how long it will be until a new pair of skates is needed. Used skates in size (1) and below sell very quickly and are difficult to find. Larger sizes (5) and above tend to be broken down too much for a competitive skater to use, but recreational skaters on the other hand, have an easier time skating in them.

What to check for in a used skate:

  • Both sides of the boot uppers for excess creasing (Fig. 1)
  • Soles and heels for water damage and loose screws holes (Fig. 2)
  • Condition of leather on inside (cracking and dryness) (Fig. 3)
  • General overall support (firmness of the boot uppers)
  • How much life is left on the blade (Fig. 4a, 4b)
  • Is the blade appropriate for the skater’s current skill level
Figure 1
Figure 2
Figure 3
Figure 4a Good
Figure 4b Worn