Upgrading Your Skates Part 4 - Boot Sizing
So you've read up on all of the options of boots and features and you've decided on the boot that you want. Now what?
Manufacturer's Sizing Guides
Most manufacturers have their own sizing guidelines and the best place to start is their websites. The measurements can be as imprecise as converting your shoe size to a skate size and can be as precise as combining your length and width measurements. So check the manufacturer's site for their specific sizing requirements and if that is not your thing, call us, because it's for sure our thing. You can also check the tips tab on each product's web page on our site because we like to share what we've learned about sizing with our customers.
Let Us Help
If you need our help to figure out what size you need, no problemo! Here are the 3 common measurements that you can prepare in advance. You will need:
- A piece of paper
- A measuring tape
- A pencil
- Put a piece of paper on the floor and put the short end up against a wall (represented by the red line below).
- Stand with your back to the wall and place your foot on the paper with your heel against the wall
- Mark where your longest toe is. This might not be your big toe.
- Take the measurement from the heel edge of the paper to the mark made
- Place your foot on a piece of paper the same way you did for the foot length.
- Mark the widest part of your foot on both sides.
- Measure the distance between the two points in a line parallel to the heel edge of the sheet
- Put a tape measure on the floor with the measuring side facing down.
- Step the widest part of your foot on top of it about 3 inches from the end.
- Wrap the tape measure around the top of the foot and measure so that it's making a full circle around the foot.
- Take the measurement
Some Tips for Best Results
- Use a buddy! We always recommend that you have someone else assist you because the moment you bend over to read the numbers, this can shift your foot and change your weight distribution.
- Measure both feet. It's super common to have two different sized tootsies and you don't want to size yourself for the wrong foot. This will also determine if you need a custom size or if you can get away with thick socks or insoles.
- Measure twice, cut once. No wait, that's for carpentry, no cutting. But do measure twice. Or maybe 3 times just to be safe.
Other Things We Need to Know
- Do your feet have any unique characteristics? Pointy or rounded toes etc.
- Do you have high arches or flat feet?
- Do you have narrow heels? One way you may know is if you have trouble wearing flats without your heel coming out.
- Anything else you can think of that has affected the way you purchase shoes.
If you determine that you are special and require a custom made pair of skates, the best thing to do is come in to get measured for the specific manufacturer's requirements. If you can't do that, contact us and we will walk you through what you'll need to provide and then send you instructions to do so. It's super likely that for this type of measurement that you're going to need a buddy to get accurate numbers so call your bestie, order a pizza and get to work.
Will your old plate fit your new boot?
If you're buying a boot that is from the same manufacturer as the plate you have, then the sizing is generally compatible. For example size 7 Powerdyne aluminum plates fit size 7 and 7.5 Riedell skates. If you're buying a completely different boot then the best thing you can do is get the sole length measurement and compare it to the plate length of your existing plate.
Join us next week when we discuss in part 5 the mini face lift and what you can do to upgrade your skates when you're not swimming in money.