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Hockey Skate Sizing Guide

Even the best skaters will be hindered by a poorly-sized pair of hockey skates. That’s why it’s crucial before you head out on the ice that you’re sure your new pair of skates are correctly sized.


The first step to getting any type of skate in the right size is always to try on a pair of your own shoes at home. If you’re an adult, take approximately one or 1 ½ sizes off what you get from a pair of dress shoes. With children, the same method is usually fine, but in most cases you can allow a half size extra for growing room.

A properly fitted pair of skates should feel snug, but not uncomfortable. Your foot should feel secure both in the heel and footbed. Up front, if your toes are scrunched against the toe cap you can imagine how bad they’ll feel on the ice. Swap them out for a pair where your toes are gently brushing the front of your skate. For youngsters, we recommend leaving a little more space for growth to save you from having to buy skates again next week.

Still not sure? Here is an easy DIY test to help ensure your fit is ready for the rink.

  • Lace up your skates with a tight fit as if you’re about to skate.
  • Stand up, lean forward and bend your knees (like you’re in a standard hockey stance).
  • Now reach back to the heel of the skate. If you can fit more than one finger between your heel, then your ankle and heel are not fully locked into place, and the fit is not suitable for you.
  • For children who are still growing, a one finger gap is fine; but if you are an adult and you’re no longer growing, you should go for a more snug fit.


Skate widths are represented through the following letters: D, C, R, E, EE. A “D” width skate is a standard width skate. The other widths are as follows:

  • C is narrow
  • R is wider than D
  • E is wider than R
  • EE is the widest width

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