Gone Outdoors

How to Fit Ice Skates

by Sports & Fitness Editor

Fitting ice skates is quite different than fitting everyday shoes. Because of their use, ice skates must be durable and stable yet flexible. You can order ice skates online or via catalog if you want skates that fit your feet exactly. Otherwise, any sporting goods store or ice skating equipment retailer will have a fine selection of sizes, widths and brands to choose from.

Fit Custom Ice Skates

Trace the outline of both feet from a sitting position. Keep the pen close to your feet as you trace.

Measure the length of your foot by starting at the tip of your longest toe and end at your heel.

Proceed to the ball of your foot by placing the tape measure around your foot just above the base of your toes.

Take a measurement for your instep by wrapping the tape measure around the underside of your foot where your arch is located.

Fit the tape measure around your heel. You'll need to close the tape measure off at the top part of your foot where the base of your ankle is located.

Gauge the circumference of your true ankle size. This means you'll need to measure your ankle at its widest point, usually just above the base.

Submit additional information that may be necessary to customize your fit. This includes age, height, weight and current brand of skate wear.

Fit Store-Bought Ice Skates

Try several different models and manufacturers. Often, you will find that one brand is a better fit for you.

Bring your socks. It's important to try on the ice skates with the socks you intend to skate in so that the sizing is correct.

Line your feet up properly to check the accuracy of the size. Push your heels to the back of the skate before lacing and then alternate standing and sitting to gauge the fit.

Check the position of your toes. They should be close to the end of the boot, but not touching it.

Be sure your heel has room to move around. Sideways and front to back motions are ideal, but not up and down movement which indicates a bad fit.

Spend at least 15 minutes in the skates before buying them. This helps to reveal wear problems which may not be immediately evident.

Items you will need
  • Tape measure

Tip

  • It's necessary to outline both feet when fitting custom ice skates as most people have asymmetrical feet.

Warning

  • Skates that do not fit properly will be uncomfortable and may cause blisters.