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Learn About Hockey Skates

Skates are indispensable for playing hockey, yet the array of options available can be intimidating without a guide. They come in various styles and materials, tailored to suit different skill levels, from beginners to professionals. When selecting skates, key considerations include foot support and durability. Blade selection is another crucial factor, with a spectrum of choices from traditional steel to cutting-edge materials like carbon or titanium.

How to Choose Adult Hockey Skates

Selecting the right hockey skates involves understanding your foot size, playing style, and comfort preferences. It’s essential to consider the fit, as proper sizing ensures better control and reduces the risk of injury.

Generally, hockey skate sizes run 1-1.5 sizes smaller than your regular shoe size, and should fit snugly while allowing for some toe movement. Try on different options for the best fit.

Hockey Skates Size Chart

Hockey Skate Sizing Chart
Youth Skate SizeUS Boy's Shoe SizeEUR Boy's Shoe SizeUS Girl's Shoe Size
8.09.52611.0
9.010.52712.0
10.011.52913.0
11.012.5301.0
11.513.0311.5
12.013.5312.0
12.51.0322.5
13.01.5333.0
1.52.0333.5
Junior Skate SizeUS Boy's Shoe SizeEUR Boy's Shoe SizeUS Girl's Shoe Size
1.02.5344.0
1.53.0344.5
2.03.5355.0
2.54.0365.5
3.04.5366.0
3.55.0376.5
Intermediate Skate SizeUS Boy's/Men's Shoe SizeEUR Boy's/Men's Shoe SizeUS Girl's/Women's Shoe Size
4.05.5377.0
4.56.0387.5
5.06.5398.0
5.57.0408.5
6.07.540-419.0
6.58.0419.5
Senior Skate SizeUS Men's Shoe SizeEUR Men's Shoe SizeUS Women's Shoe Size
6.07.540-419.0
6.58.0419.5
7.08.541-4210.0
7.59.04210.5
8.09.542-4311.0
8.510.04311.5
9.010.543-4412.0
9.511.04412.5
10.011.544-4513.0
10.512.04513.5
11.012.545-4614.0
11.513.04614.5
12.013.546-4715.0
12.514.04815.5
13.014.548-4916.0
Actual Shoe Size as determined by a Brannock Shoe Sizing Device. Sizing will vary by manufacturer.

Referencing a sizing chart is a good starting point if you aren't sure what size you are in a particular brand.

Note: If you’re sizing for a child, it’s common to get a larger pair of skates for them to grow into. However, if you plan on going larger, it’s recommended you only go a half size bigger for that extra room – going any bigger will be very uncomfortable and can cause blistering and a premature breakdown of the skate boot.

Hockey Skates FAQs

How long do hockey skates typically last?

The durability of hockey skates varies based on usage, care, and quality. For frequent players, skates can last between 1 to 2 years, while less frequent players may find their skates last longer. Factors such as playing style, level of competition, and maintenance routines (like regular blade sharpening and drying the skates after use) significantly impact their lifespan. 


Are carbon steel blades better than stainless steel for hockey skates?

Carbon steel blades are often preferred by advanced players for their lightness and better edge retention, though they require more maintenance. Stainless steel is more durable and less expensive, making it a good choice for beginners and recreational players.


Are there specific skates for different positions in hockey?

Most player positions do not require position-specific skates. However, goalies are the exception. Goalie skates are uniquely designed with a flatter blade for improved stability and a protective, lower-cut boot to facilitate quick lateral movements. While standard player skates focus on speed and agility, goalie skates prioritize balance and protection, catering to the specific demands of goaltending.


What is the best way to break in new hockey skates?

Breaking in new hockey skates effectively requires a combination of wearing them in and proper care. Gradually increasing wear time during practices allows the skates to mold to the foot's shape. Additionally, some players opt for heat molding, a process where skates are heated and then worn to form a custom fit. It’s important to lace them snugly but comfortably during this period to ensure a proper break-in, reducing the risk of blisters and discomfort.

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