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Ice Skates for 4 year old and 5.5 year old

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Ice Skates for 4 year old and 5.5 year old

First time buyer of children's skates and wanted to hear from any experienced parents on these choices. It's for two children to start skating for the first time.

For 4 year old boy - laces may be harder to put on and take off
https://www.sportchek.ca/categories/sho ... 29219.html#

For Five and half year old girl and there is a boy version too - complaints of top strap issues
https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/bala ... p.html#srp

For both girl and boy - buckle breaks on the girl version based on reviews
https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/lang ... p.html#srp

These are for girls but seem for more advanced users
https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/baue ... p.html#spc
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Jun 3, 2006
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Just find some used skates on Kijiji. IMO, it's a waste to buy brand new skates cause you're gonna get 1 season out of them at most. My boys learned to skate (and play hockey) on regular hockey skates with laces when they were 4. It's not hard to get them on/off - just loosen the laces. The instructors highly recommend that the skates have as flat a skate blade as possible for kids that are just learning. The skate on the right below:

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Why don't people rent anymore? Then the skate stay at the skating ring and you just walk over to the dude who sharpen the skates.

Kids feet are gonna grow...
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CDNPatriot wrote: First time buyer of children's skates and wanted to hear from any experienced parents on these choices. It's for two children to start skating for the first time.

For 4 year old boy - laces may be harder to put on and take off
https://www.sportchek.ca/categories/sho ... 29219.html#

For Five and half year old girl and there is a boy version too - complaints of top strap issues
https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/bala ... p.html#srp

For both girl and boy - buckle breaks on the girl version based on reviews
https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/lang ... p.html#srp

These are for girls but seem for more advanced users
https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/baue ... p.html#spc
Don't spend too much they will out grow them quickly. I would say the cheapest skates are still pretty well made especially for children that age.

I would get https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/baue ... p.html#spc They will be easier to sell after the kids outgrow them.
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For kids that age learning to skate you don't need much, kids aren't that hard on skates as they're mainly just learning how to stand up and move in skates. They grow out of them fast. The good news is skates are still fairly cheap at those ages, so buying new is not that pricy.

Those ones with the buckle are the absolute greatest for sheer ease of putting them on and taking them off, I will say that.
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I got my son skates from Play It Again Sports. Worked out for us.
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TheRealVinsanity wrote: I got my son skates from Play It Again Sports. Worked out for us.
How does the price compare at Play it Again Sports?
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Play It Again is expensive. I've found skates in great shape for $10-20 on Kijiji. It's not like you're buying a phone where you can't see the insides. it's pretty evident if things are in good/bad shape.
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By going to a store to buy new, or Play It Again to buy used, you can try different sizes there. Buying on kijiji you still need to bring the kid(s) there to try.

For hockey skates, if it says size 5, it's approximately one and half size larger in street shoe size, meaning about size 6.5. But each manufacturer and model can be a little different, so definitely try them on.
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For the price of what you spend at PIA, you can probably buy 3 pairs on Kijiji in 3 different sizes. LOL...
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Yep, measure your kids foot, stick tape measure inside skate, 1/2-3/4 size bigger on kijiji and your good. Most sellers would even stick tape in the skate and reply with the inside toe to heel measurement-takes a second and saves them time also as avoids a purchaser visiting for no reason.
There are a lot of charts online also, recall US hockey monkey had useful ones.

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