Boot & Blade Guide: 4 Factors for the Perfect Match

Written By: Riedell | June 20, 2013

Matching your figure skate boots to your blades depends on many factors. And with so many options available to you, finding the perfect combination can be a bit overwhelming. But we’re here to help make the process easier! That’s why our line of Riedell skate boots and Eclipse figure skate blades work seamlessly together.

First, skate boot designs differ in many ways, including shape, arch support, heel and back seam height, type of collar, toe box room and much more. Boots should give you plenty of ankle support for stability but still allow for enough foot movement within the boot so you can control the edges and your distribution of weight as you skate.

Figure skate blades also come in many different types. They vary in length, shape, thickness and design of the toe picks. Blade size must be matched to the boots they are mounted on—your local dealer is a great help.

To find the perfect match for you and your skating needs, keep these 4 factors in mind:

1. Skating Discipline. If you are an Ice Dancer or Synchro skater, it is best to choose boots and blades specifically manufactured for your skating discipline. The Eclipse Dance blade, for example, matches perfectly with the 220 Synchro or 4200 Dance boot.

2. Skating Level. Our guide to skate levels (below) is an awesome resource to help match your boot with your blade, based on your ISI, USFSA or Canadian test level. It’s important to find a combination that that matches your abilities on the ice. For instance, skate blades for more advanced skaters have a larger toe pick to allow for the higher jumps, faster spins and intricate footwork required in higher levels of competitive skating. For instance, our HLS 1500 boot from the Competitive Series (the boot Olympian Joannie Rochette wears and a favorite of Kurt Browning!) pairs great with the Eclipse Pinnacle and Infinity blade models.

3. Measurements. You’ll need to know the length of the sole of your boot from heel to toe (tip: measure in inches). Rainbo Sports recommends purchasing a blade that is a quarter inch shorter than your heel-to-toe measurement for a non-growing foot. Watch our Riedell Revealed: How to Get the Perfect Fit video to get an overview of measuring.

4. Preference. You should go with the pairing that feels best for you. And remember—comfort is key! Once you consider all of these factors, we highly recommend consulting your coach and visiting your local Riedell or Eclipse Blades Authorized Dealer. Professional skate technicians at Riedell dealer locations usually make the final adjustments and attachments.

For a breakdown of our full line of skate boots and blades, see our entire skating catalog here.

Happy skating!