I've been skating for 9 or so months now (once to twice a week for 90 min). I using second-hand figure skates, which have Coronation Ace blades, but I can't determine the make of the boots. They seem quite stiff though -- hard to bend my ankles -- and are too big. Not ideal, but the public skates were blunt and slippery, and once I got over the big toepicks I could do things on them better than on public skates.
I can now get my own skates and I'm thoroughly confused. As I've only skated in plastic public skates and the used figure skates I described, I don't really have any preferences myself. I also can't really predict what I'm going to want to/be able to do in a few years (there are heaps of variables -- I'm a teenager, but I have muscle tone problems, I'm not sure how often I'll be able to skate and how that will change, whether I'll be more interested in freestyle or dance/synchro).
Boots: I'm mainly worried about boots because my feet have stopped growing, so I'll probably have them for a few years. If I get the absolute entry-level boots, I'm worried I'll have to replace them relatively soon, but I don't want to get ones too advanced, either. In fact, I'm definitely worried because of the problems I've had bending my ankles (I try and it just hurts/stops being able to bend because the boot is so stiff) in the used skates, and I don't want this to happen because it seems to be problematic doing crossovers.
Blades: The same problems as boots, also complicated by the fact that I have been on the Coronation Ace blades and one coach expressed the possibility that it might be better to have them than go back to beginner blades. Would smaller toe picks make it harder or easier to learn basic jumps? Again, I have absolutely no idea, as I've only been on the public skates (beginner/recreational, but blunt and flat), and the used skates, which are sharp, but the grinding edge is almost gone and I think this makes less rocker (at least, they look less curved than new blade).
What I can do now skating is relatively basic -- crossovers, some long outside edges, bunny hops, messy attitudes and low spirals and a really tiny waltz jump on the spot.
Thanks for reading,