In order to measure the feet for skates, it is important to be able to read a measuring tape. The standard measuring tape is read in 1/16". Please see photo to the right. There are two types of measuring tapes, a carpenter's tape and a dressmaker's tape. The dressmakers tape is flexible and is best when measuring width.
Figure Skate Sizing is one of the biggest hurdles to clear when purchasing kids ice skates or adult ice skates. Measuring feet for skates seems like a daunting task or can be intimidating for some. However, Kinzie's Closet would like for every skater to have the best possible fit for their Figure Skates or Figure Skate Boots. From information provided to us by the manufacturer as well as customer fitting experience we have provided to you below the best instructions that we have found on how to measure your feet for the best fit for figure skates. Please read carefully. Once you have found your measurements, use each brand's figure skate size chart to find your size.
It is best to measure the length of your bare feet while standing. Begin by standing on a sheet of paper. Place a mark at your longest toe. Then place a mark at your heel. It is important to make sure that the pen/pencil is straight up and down. Do NOT curve the pencil to the heel or to the toe as this can take away or add to the true length. Take the foot off the sheet of paper and measure the distance between the two marks. This will be your length measurement. 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 bare feet.
Once you have your length measurements, look at the figure skate sizing chart. Find your length on the figure skate sizing chart and it will give you the size boot/skate you need. Please note that not all brands have the same sizing. Just because you are one size in one particular brand doesn't mean that you are going to be that size in every brand. If you are wanting to purchase a Jackson skate, then it is important to find your size using your length measurements on the Jackson Skate Sizing Chart.
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. The Jackson skate 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 figure skate sizing chart in relation to the length/boot size.
If you have questions about sizing please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be happy to help you!