Ok first choosing the skate. If you plan on taking hockey lessons and sticking to them, by all means buy nice hockey skates. But if your not stick to figure. If your planning on taking skating lessons, or just skating around the ice I would stick with figure. BE PREPARED TO SPEND 150+ on skates RULE NO 1 NEVER BUY SKATES ONLINE Just don't Ive done that and its less than perfect. First I would buy the cheapest skates you can find. This may sound weird, but many skaters take an instant love for the sport spend 150+ on skates and decide they don't want to do it within 2 weeks. After that you want to do some research. I personally like the Jackson Freestyle Model. They are somewhat affordable and last you the longest, dont have a very long break in period, and offer great support. Plus, all the Jacksons come in black too. Otherwise I would go with a lower model. Go with a Jackson skate though, they are the best. Buy your skates at a store that caters especially to skaters. There is also another option I would consider. I don't know too much about speed skates, but ive heard that you should only consider them if you Are planning to speed skate. Feel free to ask me questions.