Shake off the winter blues by going outside and skating. Look for skates around $100. Unless you’re an athlete, there’s no need to spend more. But spend less and you’ll get a lower-quality steel, vinyl material and hard-to-do-up laces. “A good skate feels like there’s a lot of support, but there’s still flexibility,”says Donna King, skating programs advisor with Skate Canada. To get a skate that doesn’t feel like your foot is stuck in a “cast with no give,” stay away from plastic-moulding. Look for figure skates made out of leather and hockey skates made of higher-tech nylon materials.