How to Properly Measure the
Foot for Skates
Kinzie's Closet 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 the best fit for figure skates.
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 between 70 - 120lbs, most entry level brands will provide required support according to skill level. However, if you are a beginner skater, 6' and weigh about 185 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. To get an idea of what boot will match your skill level, check out our Compare Skates Page.
- All measurements must be taken with the skater wearing the type of sock or tights that they will wear when they skate in their boots.
- Try to get someone else to measure your feet. While leaning forward to reach down and measure, your weight is improperly balanced.
- All brands have their sizing charts calibrated for a competitive fit. This means your 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!
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 tip of toe to the center of the heel (the
longest part of the foot) in inches. Locate that measurement on the size charts. That will give you the length of the boot (your size). 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.
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. 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.
Before you buy:
The majority of skaters can wear a stock boot. However, some skaters need a custom 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 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.
- Risport is a narrow boot...if you have a really wide foot, consider a different brand.
- Riedell is not as narrow as Risport, but more narrow than Jackson. Only Riedell makes entry level boots/skates in a wide. So if you do have a really wide foot and are a beginner skater, this is the brand of choice.
- Jackson Makes a wider last than Riedell. If you have a high arch you may want to consider this brand.
- Gam has the widest toe box (top to bottom) of all the brands, but has a more narrow heel. This is a good boot for combination feet that have a wide ball but a narrow heel.
- Harlick is a custom boot. Great for adults and can correct most foot problems that lead to skating difficulties.