HOW CAN I CHECK TO SEE IF I HAVE THE CORRECT SIZE?
Your old boots have much to say. The lining, the creases and the insoles, all can indicate if you are skating in the correct size.
Sometimes you can know by simply skating. If it is too big, even the simplest elements feel difficult. There is less control, your movements are less precise.
Numbness could indicate the boots are too narrow while bumps, blisters, rubbing, fluid pockets under the skin, heel spurs, calcium deposits generally indicate your boots are too wide or too long.
Bruised toes damaged nails or having to scrunch your toes would suggest your boots are too small.
If you have any of these symptoms, pop down to your dealer to check the size, otherwise, the next thing to check is your insole.
Your feet leave unique imprints on your insoles even after just a few days. Your current insoles can let you know about your size. Take them out and check:
- The right size will be indicated by a clear foot imprint, no further than 10mm from the end. The toes will be distinct and the heel clear
- A gap of more than 10mm indicates the boot is too big
- If there are gaps at the sides, your boots may be too wide
- If your toes are bunched and indistinct, your boots may be too narrow
- Too much white space at the arch could mean the foot is not supported properly
NOTE: You cannot size your feet or check position on the insole when it is out of the boot. You would literally be making the wrong impression. The insoles are designed to work in the boots. These photos show why:
It seems that the size is correct but the insoles are designed to work in the boots.
Here the heel is actually too far forward.
So the imprint shows the size is too big.
An Aladdin’s tip also indicates the boots are too big.
It is caused by over tight lacing at the toes to compensate for lack of feel and control. If you do not unlace properly after skating, the boot will appear to make a pointed Aladdin’s tip! Sometimes, especially for young children, this creates the false impression that boots are too small, as they feel too narrow. Check with your dealer for adjustments.
Premature creasing at the ankle could indicate:
- Incorrect length and/or width
- Incorrect lacing
- Possible need of orthotics
If you have this creasing, check with your dealer.
NOTE, in the case of orthotics, proper medical advice should be sought from a qualified medical practitioner.
TORN LINING IN THE HEEL POCKET
Worn lining in the heel area could mean that there is too much movement either due to an overly wide heel pocket or lacing too loosely across the instep.
First check your lacing, If this is being done correctly, then check your size with your dealer.
TORN REAR INSIDE SEAM
A torn rear inside seam above the heel pocket could indicate a lack of attention when removing the skates.
Boots should be unlaced from the hooks and loosened across the whole instep and toes. Your foot should come out easily. Unlacing properly allows the tongue to rest in an upright position. Putting the boots back on is more simple as your heel goes directly into the pocket.
A torn back seam could also indicate the wrong size. The boots are designed to match your feet. Too long may also mean too tall which can damage the rear seam.