By Steve Kopitz
Properly sizing roller skates is a very important part to the buying process as a correctly fitted skate is going to be more comfortable and supportive. An ill fitting roller skate can lead to poor performance, sore feet and not wanting to skate. A properly sized roller skate will lead to better support, increased power transfer and more comfort while skating. Here in this guide we will go over the correct sizing of roller skates for men, women and kids. Learn sizing tricks, break in time information and include an easy to read sizing chart to determine your size.
Most roller skates are going to fit the same as your standard shoe size. So, if you wear a size 8 in your everyday shoes a size 8 in roller skates will fit. Most brands of roller skates will make their skates fit the same as popular shoe brands to make it easier to size.
When you first try your skates on you may feel that they are too snug but there are a few tricks to ensure they are indeed the correct size. When you first put on your roller skates check to see where your toes are; if they are barely touching the front of the skate you will be fine. If your toes are curled or crunched the skates are most likely too small. To get a better indication of how your skates will fit once broken in; put your skates on and bend at the knees to put yourself into a skating position. Once in a skating position you will feel your toes come off the front of the skate. While in this position you will get a better idea of how the skates are going to fit once broken in after a few uses.
Slide their new pair of roller skates on and, while the skates are still loose, have them kick their toes forward to the front of the boot. Check for room behind the heel, if there is a pencil width area you are good to go with a little growing room. You should aim for a pencil width to finger width behind the heel and not more. Any additional room will end up causing support and comfort issues as the skates will be too big.
Roller skates are going to take some time to break in. In this time the skates will be molding around your specific foot shape which will result in a more comfortable fit that will also give you great performance. Roller skates will take a few times skating in them to fully break them in and higher end models may take a bit longer due to a stiffer boot with more formable padding.
Most roller skates will only be available in a standard width which most skaters will find fits great. There are certain skate models available in a narrow, medium or wide width but this will only be found on higher end skates. Most skaters will find that a standard width will break in and fit after a few skates but those with a very wide foot may find a better fit in a skate with a specified wide width.