Ice staking looks so elegant and easy but I know it isn’t but I can really appreciate those guys who make it look effortless, that takes a lot of hard work. Skating boots are very supportive but are totally unforgiving especially if you hire them as a one off trip to the rink, as with any footwear, wearing shoes that are not yours is always a compromise! 

The ankle area is the most susceptible to blisters, mainly due to the height of the boots and the pressure they exert on the ankles. For those of you who are casual skaters, take a long wicking sock so it covers your ankles, maybe two thin socks if you are between sizes, so the boots fits as well as it can without the sock rucking or creasing. 

Ok, let’s start with the boots, if you’re serious about skating then the boots have to be yours, don’t buy them too big as there will be too much foot movement in the skates, which can be just as big a problem as too tight boots. I know they have to be very supportive around the ankle as those impressive spins, lifts and landings can go very wrong if the ankle is not kept stable, some boots can be heat moulded around that area to gain a better fit. 

Again, with any activity, footwear conditioning is key, increasing your time in the skates so your feet get used to this activity and if you have an old pair of skates, switch them over when you suspect the new boots are causing areas of pressure and friction.

Socks

are an issue in any activity and skating is no different, short socks that don’t cover the skin where the boot goes up the leg will then result in blisters on the leg. Wicking socks such as Darn Tough which will absorb the sweat and keep it away from the skin, two socks always work better than one in reducing the friction applied to the skin but if one sock works in preventing blisters then two is unnecessary.

Armaskin liner socks

Armaskin liner socks would work really well for skating and there is a longer option to go past the boot edge, wear your usual wicking sock on top of it. They prevent blisters all over the foot and ankle but be aware that there lifespan is 260 miles under normal walking/running conditions.

2Toms blistershield powder

2Toms Blistershield powder works really well as a friction reducing measure, just apply to the foot and ankle areas affected by blisters before putting your socks on. Do not empty in the sock and do not use on broken skin.

Engo patches

Engo patches applied to the areas on the inside of the boot that are causing hotspots will prevent the friction to that specific area on the foot and ankle, this is a prevention technique.

Skin Taping

prior to training or an event works for some skaters but make sure is the tape is secured down as peeling at the edges of tape can cause blisters also. We only recommend Hyperfix and Kt Pro as they both work really well if they are applied correctly.

Silopos gel sleeves and gel socks

Silopos gel sleeves gel socks do a great job of addressing specific areas of the ankle that are blistering, they work really well at preventing blisters at that area of the shin and Achilles or the malleoli’s(the boney bits on either side of the ankle)

Silopos digi caps

work well for using on the individual toes, if they are prone to blistering, do not use on open skin.

Pellitec Blister prevention pads

Pellitec blister prevention pads are brilliant at applying to the inside of the footwear that is causing the blisters, this is only useful if the boots belong to you and are not hired.