Hi everyone! So I finally started taking some learn to skate classes. I was pleasantly surprised to be with about 8 other adults. I was afraid I'd be the only one. However, it was apparent that there were different levels represented. One other woman and I were very comfortable on ice, and we could easily do two-foot glides and forward swizzles. So we got moved to a separate class where we could go at a faster pace.
So today was only my second official class, and we were doing one foot glides. I was so bad at it, but I noticed I was having a hard time keeping my foot stable. I have super narrow feet (wear a AAA or AA in regular shoes), and they just feel like they slide around a lot in rental skates. I didn't figure this would be a big deal for beginner classes, but my narrower foot actually started to cramp up because I was trying so hard to keep it still.
The other person in my class actually had an old pair of Reidell's she wore pre-pregnancy (which no longer fit her post-pregnancy). They were a Sz. 8 (my usual size) and she is selling them, so she let me try them on for the end of open skate after our lesson. Wow, they made a huge difference. They fit so much tighter, and I could glide twice as far on one foot. They were still a bit wide in the heel (I couldn't really tell if they were wide in the box because my narrower foot is also my longer foot and it was a little squished in those boots).
Now I am lusting for my own skates. So I guess my question is, am I crazy? Would the extra width in rental skates really make that much a difference, or was it mostly mental? My original thought was going to be to wait til the end of this "semester" of classes and decide if I wanted to buy skates then. Those Reidell's just fit so much better though! Also, are some brands narrower than others? Width is a big concern for me.
I'm going to ask around here (at the rink) too, but I thought I'd gather some opinions. I'm having so much fun skating, and I'm really excited to go to the rink each time. I went to an open skate during the day to practice, but I guess they let the figure skaters go out there if there aren't too many there for the open skate. I had a blast watching them speed around me to do their jumps and spins while I putted around. Guess we'll see how I do on rental skates this week.
Any other advice for a super beginner adult?