By Steve Kopitz
Inline Skating is a blast and proper sizing and support in a skate can directly impact your inline skating experience. If an inline skate is too big it will hinder your skating and cause blisters from the foot moving around inside the boot. If an inline skate is too small, well, it will be painful to wear and will be all you think about when your trying to skate. In this sizing guide we will cover the basics of fitting and the specifics of fitting different styles of inline skates. Sizing inline skates can seem like a war sometimes but we are here to properly equip you with secret weapons so you can be victorious.
To determine the correct fit in an inline skate there are a few key things to look for and time to be taken. First thing that tends to become a factor in fitting inline skates can be the toe box and the amount of room one has. The proper fit for your toes would be for them to be just barely touching the front of the toe box, not crunched, but comfortably settled. Having little to no room for movement will offer you more performance and more control. Having the toes fit correctly should put the ankle right in the place you want it with padding surrounding. You can alter the fit of the ankle and other parts of the boot which we will cover in another section below.
Inline skates do not always fit your specific foot perfectly right out of the box but luckily there are things you can do better your fit unique to your foot. One commonly overlooked factor is the socks worn while skating, yeah, socks! There are specific socks out there for all types of skating and they are not your typical cotton sock you probably wear right now. A sock formulated for inline skating or any activity is thinner and will let your foot breathe offering escaping abilities for sweat and moisture also keeping you dry. having the right socks will make the skate fit better as they are meant to fit thin allowing your inline skates padding to be fully used. Another commonly enacted change is footbeds, a stock inline skate footbed is thin and does not typically offer a lot of support. There are tons of companies out there that offer aftermarket footbeds that will change the way your foot feels in even the most beginner pair of inline skates. You can also add arch supports and other products for the interior of the skate, experiment with footbeds and such and you will be guaranteed to have the most amazing fit in an inline skate you could ever imagine.
Nobody has the same two feet as someone else which is why you must realize the fit of your inline skate is going to be specific to you. Some skaters really enjoy the fit of one "brand A"over "brand B" while other skaters cannot stand the fit of "brand A" and consider their foot to be a "brand B" type foot. The moral of the story really is to not give up, just because you had a poor fitting inline skate years ago does not mean that they are all going to fit terrible, give it some time and make sure you adjust your fit to you. An inline skate like any good relationship may test your patience at first but with some small changes and break in time there will surely be love at the end of the tunnel.
Recreation and Fitness inline skates may be the most commonly used inline skates and can be really easy to fit correctly if you know a few things. These inline skates are typically sized to the same as your regular shoe size or a half size smaller for a more performance fit. When trying on a recreational or fitness inline skate you need to decipher the fit once you have the skate on your foot, your heel kicked back in the boot and you are standing knees bent in a skating type position. The most common mistake in inline skate sizing can be trying on the skate, not kicking back in the heel and not tying it tightly. People can be confused and think that the size is too small and move up to the next half or full size when really the inline skate they just had on was the correct size, incorrectly fit. Also expect up to a half size of break in from when you initially put on the inline skate to when it is completely broken in. Knowing this can help you decide that the inline skate that fits just a little tight out of the box will end up being the perfect size for you, not accommodating this break in can leave you with skates fit too big. View Recreational inline skates. View Fitness inline skates.
An inline hockey skate should feel snug but not painfully tight. The sizing run for inline hockey skates is usually between a half size and two sizes smaller than a shoe size and all sizing is done in male. This means that a size 8 street shoe is actually between a 6 and 7.5 inline hockey skate. When you combine this with the fact that most kids wear their shoes a size too large, it is not uncommon for individuals to buy a skate that is almost three sizes smaller than their street shoe. Keep in mind that a higher end skate will take roughly 6-10 times out skating to fully break in and can give almost a full half size of break in when the process is complete. View inline hockey skates.
We understand that you want to get the most time and growth out of your kids inline skates, luckily so do skate manufacturers. Most style inline skates can be found in adjustable sizes meaning you can adjust the actual size of the inline skate typically 2-4 sizes. Most all recreational and fitness inline skates are adjustable along with some aggressive and hockey models for children making these skates last a lot longer. Children's skates should still be sized to their current shoe size as you can make adjustments as they grow giving them a constant safe and comfortable fit. View kids inline skates.