When it comes to ice skating, you’re only as good as your skates. If you cheap out and buy the budget brand at the local hardware store, you may come to regret it. Cheaper skates tend to be heavier where it hurts and will be more likely to leave your feet feeling sore and swollen. They can also be a lot harder to “break in” than a higher quality skate.
For that reason, if money’s an issue (and let’s face it, it usually is), consider buying used skates instead of new ones. That will allow you to purchase a better quality skate and, potentially, a skate that’s already been broken in.