How To Size Hockey Skates
How to size hockey skates is a basic and fundamental process of gearing up for ice hockey. The size of your ice hockey skates will determine many things, including your comfort level, health of your feet, longevity and ultimately your game. Playing in a properly sized pair of ice hockey skates is vital to your success. Sizing your skates is a easy process and once you learn your comfort zone purchasing future pairs will be a breeze.
To begin you should go to a specialty sports store that carries a good selection of ice hockey skates. If a specialty location is not available hit up a larger sporting goods store. Never buy your first pair of ice hockey skates on line.
How to size ice hockey skates:
What you will need:
- Ice hockey socks. They are thicker than normal socks so it is important to use ice hockey socks when sizing hockey skates.
How to measure:
- Put on the ice hockey socks so you can properly measure your feet. Since you will be wearing your ice hockey skates with socks, you will want to consider the extra cushioning of the ice hockey socks when measuring for hockey skates.
- Measure both your feet. Use the same measuring device used in shoe stores. They will have them at the store either by the skates of the other shoes. Check the width as well.
- Find several pair of ice hockey skates that you like. Try different manufacturers as well. This will give you a chance to consider various options. Not every brand makes their hockey skates the same, so the more pair you try on, the better the chance you will find a pair that match your feet exactly.
- Try on a pair of ice hockey skates and ensure that the fit is snug. The hockey skate should hug your foot but not feel cramp or pinch
- Lace the skates up as if you were about to play. Be sure to wrap the lace around the top of the skate as you would if you were about to hit the ice.
- Walk around the store for several minutes. Ice hockey skates should not slip at the heel. There should be at least one-quarter inch of leeway at the toe.
- The fit should be snug and comfortable. Make note of size for future purchases.
If you meet all these criteria, you have successfully sized hockey skates.