By Steve Kopitz
Here at Inlineskates.com we stock a great selection of women’s inline skates from the top brands in the industry, but even a top brand skate is no good if not sized correctly. Here in this sizing guide we will cover the proper sizing of women’s inline skates including a look at the various styles of skates available and how they are sized. We will also supply a size chart as a quick and easy reference for proper sizing.
In order to properly size a set of women’s skates you will want to know a few important things about skate sizing. Here we will cover how to size a women’s skate properly, properly putting the skates on and what to expect for break in time. We will also briefly cover personal fit preference and how to achieve your perfect fit.
How to size women’s inline skates
Women’s skates are going to fit very similar to your standard athletic shoe size. So if you wear a size 7 in your running shoes a size 7 in an inline skate is more than likely going to be an adequate size. Skates are meant to fit snug and tight similar to running shoes to ensure a “performance” type fit. A tighter fit in your skates will allow for better power transfer while skating and will reduce any sore spots or blisters from the skates being too big causing the foot to move about within it.
Fit Tip: If you are having trouble deciding what size to get in an inline skate we recommend having your foot measured by a professional. At a shoe store have your foot measured for a pair of running or athletic shoes. This measurement will correlate with the skate size you should take. Make sure to have both feet measured as a good amount of people have two slightly different size feet.
You can also ensure you are going to get the correct fit with the Inlineskates.com guaranteed fit program.
Putting your skates on for the first time
There is a special way that you can put your skates on to make the fit the best that it can be. You will want to fully loosen the skate’s closures so you can easily slide your foot into the skate. Once you slide into the boot, before you tighten any of the closures, kick your foot back into the heel of the boot. Once you feel your heel is kicked all the way back you can start tightening the skates. Kicking back into the skates boot will allow your heel to sit right in the skate’s heel pocket putting your foot in the right place.
Another great pointer for first putting on your skates is to put yourself into a skating position. When you first put your skates on you may feel your toes are touching the front and they may very well be. But two important things are not happening, one is the skates are not broken in (which we will cover in greater detail below) and you most likely are not in a skating position. Stand up once you have your skates on and bend your knees as if you were skating. Your toes should pull off the front of the boot giving you a better fit. The feel you achieve by putting yourself in a skating position is a better indication of how the skates are going to fit once broken in.
Breaking in your new skates
Just like a stiff pair of running shoes or hiking boots your new women’s inline skates are going to take some time to break in. This means that the way the initially fit when you put them on is not how they are going to end up fitting once broken in fully. Women’s skate technology has grown leaps and bounds over the years and now most all skate models are going to offer a self molding interior which will heat up with the natural heat produced by your foot and mold the inner liner around your specific foots shape. Women’s inline skates will break in up to a half size and can take a couple times out skating in them to fully break them in.
Personal preference and personal fit options
Not all of our feet are going to offer the same shape meaning that a great fit for one may be just slightly off for another. Fear not, there are some modifications and changes you can make to your new skates to make them fit better and feel the best they can.
♦ Aftermarket Footbeds: Footbeds can offer a bit more support, breathability and comfort. Depending on personal preference there are many options when it comes to footbeds including extra padded, odor eliminator, heel support, etc. Aftermarket footbeds are sold at most shoe stores and can rage in price from under $10 to over $50 depending on the type of footbed. Aftermarket footbeds are typically sold in a size range (ex: size 7-9) and will need to be trimmed to fit. Simply line up with the existing footbed, trace an outline, and cut.
♦ Heel Pads: Aftermarket heel pads can offer more cushion and support for those that suffer with heel pain. These heel cups can be made up of gel or dense foam depending on your preference. Available at most shoe stores with a cost around $10. Heel pads can also help those with a slightly wider foot. The heel pads will bring the foot up in the skates allowing more room through the forefoot thus being more comfort with a slightly wider foot.
♦ Arch Support: Just like many women have to add arch support to their daily footwear to remedy Plantar Fasciitis and other arch pain you can add an arch support to your inline skates. Adding an arch support is inexpensive and will stabilize the plantar fascia ligament while skating giving you more comfort and support. Sold at most shoe stores.
♦ Orthotics: Many who battle with foot pain and general soreness have turned to orthotics in their everyday footwear and if you must do this in your footwear you may have to do so in your skates as well. Orthotics will fit nicely in women’s inline skates and can help cure the most ailing of foot problems. Your orthotic provider can give more recommendations and possibly make a special orthotic for your inline skates.
There are a few different styles of women’s inline skates and not all of these skates are going to fit exactly the same. The main problem is that not all skating disciplines offer women’s specific skates. Here we will offer some fit pointers based on the type of skate you are looking at.
Recreational and fitness skates
Recreational and fitness inline skates are the most common type of women’s skates and are the skates we referred to in the above sizing section. These skates are women’s foot specific and offer a design specifically made to fit a woman’s foot shape. As stated in the above sizing section these women’s skates can be taken in a similar size to standard shoe size.
Urban, aggressive and hockey skates
Urban skates*, aggressive skates and roller hockey skates are all going to be sized in men’s sizes. The best bet for getting a men’s skate to fit your foot would be to drop a full size. So if you wear a women’s size 8 drop down to a size 7 in a men’s urban skate. This will allow the correct length in the skate. To ensure the best fit we recommend adding an aftermarket footbed or support.
* There are some urban skate models that are available in a women’s specific but most are going to be sized in men’s sizes.