So the title says it all. I'm an adult just started learn to skate classes and am really enjoying myself. I'm starting my second 6 week session this week (this tells you how new I am--6 weeks of skating so far). I don't want to get skates that I'm going to replace right away, but at the same time, I hate the rental skates. There's one pair that I can tolerate at best, one pair that hurt while I skate, and one pair that I cause my feet to cramp up the whole time I skate and seem to leave my feet hurting for a few hours after I'm done skating. I seem to rotate through these skates (2 different models) each week.
Anyway, with my feet hurting and 4 rentals left on my card, my question is do I just deal with it until I progress far enough to justify buying skates or do I buy a pair sooner rather than later. In addition, what would be recommended for a beginning adult? There is a pro shop and I can ask questions there too, but thought I'd start here.
Right now I'm in Pre-Alpha II but am doing the following:
backwards 2 foot glides from swizzles
forward 1 foot glides on each foot
2 foot snowplow stops from forward glides
skating into a dip
forward half swizzle pumps
2 foot turn from standstill (each direction)
started stoking from t-position
started 2 foot turns while moving (not overly successful so far...)
So not a lot yet, but I'm just starting out. Anyway, advice regarding skates would be appreciated.