Hockey Skate Sizing
Make sure your skates fit properly
When buying hockey skates, you can basically throw your shoe size out of the window. Each hockey skate is unique and hockey skate manufacturers seem to have their own method of sizing. Don't worry if you wear a size 10 shoe and a size 8 skate. That's pretty common as skate sizes are generally smaller. Just worry about wearing ones that fit. You need to make sure you have the right length and width boot to be comfortable.
Hockey Skate Sizing Considerations
- Remember to try on your hockey skates with the type of sock you will be wearing in them.
- If you skate barefoot then take along a thin nylon to wear on your feet while trying them on.
- Once you buy a pair of skates it's very rare that you can exchange them because of a sizing problem.
- You need skates that fit tight enough to give you stability.
- You shouldn't buy larger sizes for youngsters to grow into as it may hinder their ability of learning to skate and could also hurt their feet and ankles.
- When trying on skates make sure they are long enough. Your toes should be able to wiggle freely, so make sure they don't touch the end of the skate.
- Ensure your heel fits comfortably into the pocket, provided for it, as you don't want your heel to lift up while skating. You should be able to move your toes while your heel stays put.
- Make sure that the hockey skates are wide enough and that the front sides of your feet and toes don't rub against the inside of the skate.
- The inside of your hockey skate may stretch to a certain extent, but remember the materials used to form the outside of the boot, such as graphite and Kevlar etc, aren't made to stretch.
If your skates don't fit properly you won't be able to skate to your potential. They may hurt your feet and cause blisters which results in poor ice performance and ultimately, lets the team down.