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Sizing hockey skates on a small child or a new player can be difficult because they don't always know the difference between the proper "snug" fit and the incorrect "too tight" fit. We have a very simple trick to use when sizing skates that can be done in-store before purchasing or at home, if the skates are purchased online.
To ensure that the skates will fit properly, remove the footbed before putting the skate on. The footbed is the removable piece inside the skate that the bottom of the foot will touch.
Once the footbed is out of the skate, lay it on the floor and have the player stand on top of it with skate socks on. Position the foot as far back on the footbed as possible and note how much space is between the longest toe and the end of the footbed.
Players should aim for less than 1/4" of space between the longest toe and the end of the footbed. Any more space than that will cause the foot to slide around in the boot, resulting in bad skating technique. Any less space, or if the toes extend over the edge of the footbed, will result in curled and uncomfortable toes. If the skates are for a child, it will be okay to leave a little extra room for him or her to grow. Once the player has learned proper skating technique, he or she can size their next pair of skates based on personal preference.
You can take a look at all of our skates right here at DiscountHockey.com. Thanks for reading and we'll see you on the ice!