Trying to purchase a pair of figure skates for the first time can be a daunting task. The usual question is: What brand do you choose? However, choosing the figure skate that’s best for you depends on several factors and each of those factors are important.
The first thing to consider when choosing figure skates is your skate size. The best way to determine the skate size is to measure the length and width of your foot. There are several pro-shops that will measure your foot for you. However, if your rink doesn’t have a pro-shop, there are several good websites out there that have specific instructions for how to measure your foot to determine what size skate you need.
Once your size has been determined then it is important to consider which brand of skate to purchase. Each brand of fits differently and the most popular brand of figure skate may not be the one that best fits your foot. Some brands fit more narrow like a ladies dress shoe and some brands have a wider fit like a tennis shoe. Some of the most common brands for beginner figure skaters are Risport, Riedell and Jackson. If you have a foot that is very narrow, you may want to consider a Risport. This brand has a very narrow fit. If you have a medium to wide foot then you may want to consider a Jackson as they have a wider fit.
Each brand of ice skates has several models to choose from and they can range in price from $80 – $600 USD or more. When you have selected the brand that fits your foot, it is time to find out which model of figure skates would be best for you. The first question to ask would be: Are you going to only skate a few times a year or are you going to skate several times a week? If you are only skating a few times a year, then a recreational skate would be a good choice. If you are skating several times a week, take classes, or skate competitively, then the best model would be discerned by your skate level. Compare your skate level to the different brands of figure skates with the help of your figure skating coach as your weight and size may influence whether a lightweight boot or an extremely stiff boot should be purchased.
Ice skating can be a very enjoyable sport, but if you do not have the right type of skates for your feet it can be very painful. Do some research and weigh your options before making your final decision. More importantly ask questions! It is difficult to make a wise choice if you don’t have all the information available to you.