A Division of Kinzie's Closet
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.
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 couple of things to remember:
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.