FIT – Skates are not like shoes where there can be “room to grow into,” they should “fit like a glove” in order to not allow a lot of movement within the skate.

STIFFNESS OF THE BOOT – The boot should be supportive. If you can grip the boot at the top and bend it either direction easily, the skate will not be supportive to the skater. Skates must be able to hold up the elements your skater will be doing.

BLADES – Blades will primarily come attached to the boot for beginning skates. No double blades for beginners please. The most common issue with blades is not sharpening them enough or not taking care of them properly. Blades should be sharpened approximately every six weeks to eight weeks (every 25-30 hours) depending on how often skaters skate. MIRFSC recommends having your skates sharpened by Jan the Skate Man who specializes in figure skates. Jan the Skate Man visits our rink two-three times per season. Hard Guards are needed on cement floor not soft soakers.

CARE – The blades need to be thoroughly dried after every use and then have soakers or other towels covering the blades. If you put guards back on them, the moisture left in the guards will cause rust to occur on the blades. This rust will make skating very difficult and have to be sharpened off.


Skating Clothing Rule of thumb: Form-fitting clothes that stretch are better than tight, restrictive or oversized clothes that restrict movement. An instructor/coach needs to see a skater’s body alignment to give proper advice and feedback about technique, so form-fitting clothing that allows for movement is better. A skater’s hair should be tied back in a pony, not in their eyes. (Never wear bobby pins on the ice for safety, loose pins are a major trip hazard.) Snowplow Sam skaters should wear a bicycle helmet, snow pants, and wear mittens.


Facebook: MIRFSC Shop

Our club has a Buy/Sell/Trade closed group on facebook where you can post skates and items related to figure skating for sale.