October 2021

How to Fit Figure Skates

For superior performance out on the ice, check out our tips below on fitting figure skates to your needs. 


☐ Skates
☐ Socks or tights

Step 1: Determine your size

Figure skates typically fit one to one-and-a-half sizes smaller than a regular running shoe, so make sure to choose accordingly. 

Step 2: Wear the socks you plan on skating in

In order to get the best fit possible for peak performance, wear the type of socks you plan to wear out on the ice. Thick socks typically do not work as well as thin socks or tights in figure skates. 

Step 3: Loosen your laces

To fit your figure skates, undo and loosen all of your laces. Then, pull the tongue of the skate all the way forward. 

Step 4: Insert your foot into the skate

While seated on a stable surface, slide your foot into the boot and all the way forward. Be sure not to scrunch your toes for the most accurate fit.

Step 5: Check the heel

Next, you can complete a size check. If you cannot slide a pen into the back of your boot, the skates are too big. If you can easily slide a pen into the back of your boot, the skates are too big. The pen should fit snugly into the back of your boot. 

Step 6: Lace your skates

Now, you can push the tongue back into the skate carefully and do up your laces. Start near the bottom and pull tightly, slowly working your way up the eyelets and tying the skate up. If the sides of the skate reach right of the tongue almost touching each other, the boot is too big. If there is a hap between the tongue and the sides of the skates, the boot is too small.

Step 7: Get up and walk

Now that your skates are safely on, you can stand up and walk around. If the skates are a good fit, your feels should stay stationary, your toes should not be touching the end of the boot, and you should be able to stand up straight with no problems. 

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