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How to Measure Feet for Figure Skates

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Before you buy:
The majority of skaters can wear a stock figure skating boot.  However, some skaters need a custom figure skating boot right from the start. Ask a few questions to determine whether a stock boot will be fine for you, or whether it would be to your advantage to invest in a custom figure skating boot.  Your skating performance can be greatly improved by a well fitting boot.

  • Is the lace opening going to be too wide or too narrow for the ankle and calf area?

  • Is one foot significantly larger than the other? In other words, do you have to wear a specific size on one foot and a half size or more larger on the other foot?

  • Does the shape of the foot require too many modifications to the boot to make it fit?

  • Do you have trouble controlling your edges and always fall to the inside or outside edge?  You may need wedge corrections or orthotics due to flat feet or other foot issues.

Brand information:

  • Risport Figure Skates used to be considered more of a narrow boot as they don't carry a true "wide" width.  However, their C width will accommodate most normal width feet.  The toe box is more accommodating to tapered toes.

  • Riedell Figure Skates also are more accommodating to tapered toes.  Riedell is the only brand to make entry level boots/skates in a wide width.  So if you do have a really wide foot and are a beginner skater, this is the brand of choice.

  • Jackson Figure Saktes have a wider last than Riedell from side to side and also in heel width. The toe box is also more accommodating to people who have boxy toes, or toes that are similar in length (the 2nd or 3rd toe is longer or the same size as the big toe).  If you have a medium to high arch you may want to consider this brand.

  • Gam Figure Skates has a similar fit to the Jackson.  The toe box isn't as tapered as Riedell or Risport, but isn't as rounded as Jackson.  It wider in the arch area than any of the other brands from top to bottom (not side to side), but has a little more narrow heel.  This is a good boot for combination feet that have a wide ball/ high arch but a narrow heel.

  • Harlick is a custom figure skating boot.  Great for most foot problems that lead to skating difficulties.

Step #2 Measuring the Width of Your Feet

To find your width, measure the circumference of the ball of the foot in inches.  In other words, measure all the way around the widest part of the foot.   If you only measure the bottom flat part of your foot, then you will not be able to determine your skate width.   All of the manufacturer's sizing charts for width are based on the circumference measurements.   Place the tape measure so that it crosses directly over the joint behind the large toe (often referred to as the bunion) and the joint just behind the small toe.  This will usually cause the tape to be positioned at an angle. Once you have your measurement, locate that measurement on the manufacturer's size chart in relation to  the length/boot size.

A good pair of figure skates can make the difference between whether a skater advances quickly or whether they waste money and time on lessons.  Figure Skates can't be sized accurately by comparing "street shoe" sizes.  Each brand of skate has its own sizing guide and  taking the measurements of your feet  is the only way possible to get a good and accurate fit. We would like for every skater to have the best possible fit for their Boots/Skates.  From information provided to us by the manufacturer's as well as customer fitting experience we have provided to you below the best instructions that we have found on how to measure your foot for figure skates. Please read carefully.

A couple of things to remember:

  • The age, height and weight are very important, as well as the skill level of the skater. For the average skater, under 70 lbs, most entry level brands will provide required support according to skill level. However, if you are a beginner skater, 5' 9" and weigh about 150 lbs you may want to consider a boot one level above the entry level as your weight and height will require a stiffer boot to provide better ankle support.

  • All measurements must be taken with the skater wearing the type of sock or tights that they will wear when they skate in their figure skating boots.

  • Try to get someone else to measure your feet. While leaning forward to reach down and measure, your weight is improperly balanced.

  • All figure skating brands have their sizing charts calibrated for a competitive fit.  This means toes will be slightly touching the inside of the boot.  If you are growing or like wiggle room for your toes, please consider adding 1/4" to your measurements.

  • If you have questions about sizing please contact us.  We will be happy to help you!

Step #1Measuring the Length of Your Feet

Begin by standing on the tape measure with your heel against the wall or a flat object.  This will make sure that your measurements are accurate.  Measure from the back of the heel to the tip of the longest toe (the longest part of the foot).   It is best to measure your feet in inches as most figure skating brands base their sizing charts on measurements in inches.   It is important to measure both feet. One foot may be longer than the other.  Use the length of the longest foot and make sure you take your measurements in socks, tights or whatever you wear while skating. 

Once you have your length measurements, look at the figure skate sizing chart for the brand of your choice.  Find your length on the sizing chart and it will give you the size boot/skate you need.  Please note that not all brands have the same sizing.  It is important to find your size using your length measurements for each brand of skate.  Just because you are one size in one particular brand doesn't mean that you are going to be that size in every brand.