Any old boots should work. The trick is that they need to be soft enough to let your ankle bend from side to side. New, stiff freestyle boots don’t allow this. Back in the day, people used to use their old, broken-down freestyle boots for figures. Now, there are four main options:
- Use a pair of old boots that you’ve retired
- Scour eBay and skate shops for a pair of old boots, used or new, that fit
- Get one of the pairs the World Figure Sport Society has available
- Have a pair custom-made for figures by your favorite boot manufacturer
- Look into roller boots, which are just like boots made for ice skating but much softer
For general information on equipment, see the base post
Posted in Boots
You don’t have to have special skates for figures, but they can help you skate them better.
It used to be that every ice skater had two pairs of skates, one for figures and the other for freestyle, and a scribe or a scribe to share. Some skaters (namely, Dick Button) had a third pair of skates for loops. The specialized equipment that was once used for figures on ice is no longer readily available.
Roller skaters may have even more skates, with separate pairs for circle figures (the large ones) and loops. Since figures are still fairly popular among roller skaters, roller equipment is easier to come by.
The posts in this category describe the specialized equipment used for figures and where to get it.
Posted in Equipment
Tagged ice, roller