Roller Skate Sizing

Skate Sizing:

Skate sizing is very important; the power you provide through your legs should be directed to your skate wheels, they should become a part of you. This is a difficult concept for most of us who wear comfortable shoes or oversize our everyday shoes for comfort. Roller Skating is a performance sport – your footwear should fit properly in order to get the most enjoyment out of your skating experience.

Allow us to Help You:

There are some general rules for skate sizing like “women go one size down from your shoe size” but this doesn’t always work. The best way to find your skate size is to measure your feet. The easiest way to measure your feet is to stand on a piece of paper and have a friend trace them. It is very important to measure both feet – and be as accurate as possible – boot size variations are generally about 3/8″ so if you measure too big or too small you will have the wrong size boot. Measure the longest distance from your heel to your toes and the width as shown on the example below – and send us photos by email – skate@retrorollers.ca:

Finding the Right Fit:

There is a difference between boots fitting snug and boots being too small. Boots that securely hold every part of your foot are going to feel restrictive, but they should feel this way. There should be no slippage of your foot in the skate boots. The skate boot should fit snug, not loose not like your slippers you wear around your house, or your slip on shoes. Your toes should either barely touch the end of your boot or be almost touching. In order to find if your skates are the correct fit put on your skate boots without the laces in them – push your foot to the front of the boot (don’t jam your toes into the front, just so the toes touch slightly) then look or feel the heel of your foot – if there is a lot of room (over 1 cm) then they are too big. If you struggle and are jamming your foot into your skate or if your toes are curled up inside, they are too small. When you lace them up they should follow the contour and design of the particular boot. If the laces and tongue are bulging your boots are too narrow – get a wider boot. The opposite is true as well – if the laces are closing the gap above your tongue then you need a narrower boot. NEVER buy a boot one size bigger in order to compensate for wide feet.

Your Boots are Correctly fitted when:

  • your toes are either brushing the end of the boot or very close
  • your boots support and hold the entire foot
  • when you tie up your boots they don’t appear to be straining to hold your feet from either bursting out or slipping out
  • there are no uncomfortable spots on your ankles, bunions, or your other particular foot protrusions

Breaking in your Boots:

Almost all boots made of natural materials will have a break-in period, unless they have heat molding capabilities or you are just lucky enough to have a perfect fit right off the bat. Breaking in will soften and wear the boot to your own unique shape and can take anywhere from a week to over a month depending on how often you skate. It will not make the boot a different size if it didn’t fit to start with. It is normal to have some discomfort during this process. Most synthetic or vinyl boots do not break in – although some have lining and cushion materials inside that will give over time, the synthetic leather materials are not as pliable as natural leather and suede materials. If your synthetic boots are uncomfortable when you try them on right now – they will be that way for the life of your skates.

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