By Steve Kopitz
Inline hockey players have a lot riding on the fit of their skates. Inline hockey skates are meant to fit snug like a glove which gives the greatest amount of power transfer and support for inline hockey. A skate that is sized too big will allow the foot to move around inside taking away from the power of the skater while also leading to sore feet and blisters. A skate that is too tight is going to also cause foot pain mostly due to the foot being cramped in a small space. We recommend following the brand specific sizing for inline hockey skates below to ensure you are getting the correct size skates when you purchase.
Below we are going to cover sizing specific by brand and style of skate. Some brands do fit similar but not all brands are going to fit the same so before ordering your new skates take note of the information below.
♦ Alkali skate sizing: Alkali skate sizing is 1 to 1 ½ sizes smaller than your standard shoe size. For example if you wear a size 10 in shoe size a size 8.5 or 9 in an Alkali skate will fit correctly.
♦ Reebok skate sizing: Reebok inline hockey skates fit 1 to 1 ½ sizes smaller than your standard shoe size.
♦ CCM skate sizing: CCM skates fit 1 to 1 ½ sizes smaller than standard shoe size.
♦ Mission skate sizing: Mission skates fit 1 to 1 ½ sizes smaller than standard shoe size.
♦ Tour skate sizing: Tour skates run 1 size smaller than standard shoe size.
Kid’s inline hockey skates: Follow the same guidelines above for sizing kid’s skates. Drop the same size stated for each brand and you will be fine. As kids grow fast you can allow up to a ½ size of growing room in the skates ordered for kids but don’t allow for more than a ½ size of growing room as this will allow too much room in the skates.
Women’s inline hockey skates: Inline hockey skates are sized in men’s sizes but are truly unisex skates. For women buying skates it is recommended to drop another 1 to 1 ½ sizes on top of what is stated by brand above.
When you first put on your new inline hockey skates you are not going to want to just slide them on like shoes. There are some tips and pointers to ensure you get the best fit and feel when you first put on your new skates.
Kick back in the heel: When you first slide on your new skates, before you tighten them, you are going to want to kick back on the rear of the skate. This will allow your foot to get back into the boot’s heel pocket. Being set in the heel pocket will give the best fit possible and help alleviate pressure points from an awkward fit.
Feel for your toes: When you first get your new skates on you are going to want to take note as to where your toes are sitting in the skates. Your toes should be just brushed up against the front of the boot. This will allow a perfect fir once the skates break in even if they feel a bit tight brushing the front of the skate. If your toes are crushed or curled the skates are too small.
Get in a skating position: To get a better idea of how your skates are going to fit it is advised to put yourself into a skating position when you try them on. When you bend and get into a skating stance your toes will back off the front of the skates giving you a better idea of how they will fit once skated in a few times.
Inline hockey skates take some time to break in and can fit quite tight right out of the box. Worry not, your skates will break in and fit much better, it’s just going to take some time. Inline hockey skates can take up to 6-10 times skating in them for them to break in and in this time will feel extremely tight and stiff. Inline hockey skates can break in up to a ½ size in this time.