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Reinforced boot with a blade that makes it possible to glide over the ice; figure skating is hard on the ankles so the skate provides maximum ankle support.
figure skate toe pick sole eyelet lace hook blade edge stanchion heel boot backstay lining tongue dance blade free skating blade

toe pick click to hear

Small teeth at the front end of the blade; they serve as the pivot point during spins and also make it possible to take off and land during jumps.

sole click to hear

Sturdy plastic or wooden sole that forms the bottom of the boot; the blade screws into the sole.

eyelet click to hear

Small metal-rimmed hole through which the lace passes.

lace click to hear

Narrow cord of fabric or leather, flat or round, that is threaded through eyelets or hooks to tighten the boot.

hook click to hear

Small piece of curved metal used to attach the lace.

blade click to hear

Narrow tapering strip of metal that is attached to the sole; the lower part is made of hardened steel to keep the edges sharp.

edge click to hear

Part of the blade that bites into the ice; the blade has two edges (inside and outside), which are separated by a groove.

stanchion click to hear

Vertical part that extends up from the blade to secure it to the sole.

heel click to hear

Stiff part underneath the boot that supports the back of the foot.

boot click to hear

Sturdy flexible boot with a lace; it protects and supports the foot and ankle and is made of leather or synthetic materials.

backstay click to hear

Reinforcement at the back of the boot.

lining click to hear

Padded layer of fabric or leather that covers and protects the inside of the boot.

tongue click to hear

Piece that extends from the boot and prevents the foot from rubbing against the lace; it is lifted to slip the foot into the boot.

dance blade click to hear

Blade whose heel is shorter and whose toe picks are less pronounced to facilitate the execution of complex movements and to prevent the toe picks from catching.

free skating blade click to hear

Blade with toe picks that facilitate the execution of jumps and spins; its curvature is more pronounced than that of the dance blade.