All About Skates

Where to Purchase Skates
Most department stores and sporting goods stores sell skating equipment ranging in price and quality. Do not purchase plastic skates or those with buckles. Skates must lace up and properly support the skater’s ankles in an upright position. For a pair of good quality figure skates, we recommend The Figure Skating Boutique see link below.
When and Where to sharpen skates
Sharpen skates as soon as they are purchased, they do NOT come sharpened. Re-sharpen skates after approximately 20-30 hours of skating and use a good skate sharpening company. See Useful Links section below for professional skate sharpening locations. More frequent sharpening may be required if the skater walks on concrete, rubber or carpeted surfaces without guards, if the blades are not wiped dry, or if there are severe nicks and rough surfaces on the edges of the blade. The bottom pick on figure skates should NOT be removed.
Proper Skate Care
Always wear protective skate guards when walking off ice, even in arenas that have rubber floors. Dry the blades and sole plate completely with a cloth after each use to reduce the amount of rust on your blades. Soft guards are best when travelling with skates in skate bags. Always remove guards before storing skates. Unlace skates sufficiently before removing them so that the back of the boot does not break down or rip. Allow boots to air dry after each use.

Useful Links

Skate Ontario
Jake's Figure Skate Sharpening.
Professional skate sharpening, repairs, accessories.
14 Essex Ave. Unit #28, Thornhill, ON, L3T 3Z1


Figure Skating Boutique
Skates, figure skating clothes, accessories, professional skate sharpening
109 Doncaster Avenue, Markham, ON, L3T 1L6