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Skate Sizing

Skate Sizing

Skate Sizing


FeetLet's get the size right! So please ask for help before you buy skates or equipment if you are unsure about which size to buy, but do mention which particular skates or equipment you are interested in so that we can be as sepecific as possible.  See below for our general shoe/size guide. 

We have been fitting and selling all types of skates for many years, and have developed a knack of getting it right, even from a long way away!

You may be aware that skates, like shoes, may come in one or more of the following sizing regimes: US/UK/Mondo Point/Euro (West)/Euro (East)/Aus Women's/US Women's? What about Canadian hockey skate sizes? Are you sure?

If you need more than the general information below, you may email us at  No, it's not so that we can sell you something more expensive or farm your email to send you spam, but because we genuinely care and would rather interact with you to get the correct size so you (or the person you are buying them for) are happy. We would rather lose a sale than sell the wrong size - honestly!

You are in a hurry and want some general sizing information?

FootLengthMeasurementForSkates The general relationship between sizes is as follows:
UK 1= US2 = Aus Women's 3 = US Women's 3.5 = (French) Euro 33 = Japanese 20
NB: The above may vary from one brand to another, or even one model to the next, in skates as it does in shoes - hopefully it gives you an idea. (SEE CHART)

We also like correlating the sizes you normally wear with foot length & width measurements, to give us an idea of your relative preferences and to helps get the best fit as it applies to you personally, as well as what may be the most functional. To get the correct measurement, don't trace the foot on a piece of paper and measure the tracing! This will often result in the measurement of the foot-print and not of the true foot-length and you may be out by up to two sizes with this approach.  Measure the length from heel to toe, carefully. We would also like to know what your foot width is, measured across the widest part of the foot (near the ball of the foot).  Please note that we are after the horizontal measurement; not over and not around the foot.  Some skate manufacturers do use the circumference in their literature, but we have found that this can be misleading and influenced by a number of measurement issues when done at home.  Length taken heel to toe and width side to side near the ball of the foot. This is what a shoe-store gauge does, and this is the measurement we would like.  NB: Please wear socks when taking this measurement (above image for illustration purposes only).

How to Measure - The "Books" Method is best!

Foot Gauge
If you don't have your own one of the above...
Books Method

The "Books" method works great at home.  Put something either size of the foot and measure the gap, to the nearest millimetre if possible.  Do the same for the foot-length. Remeber to wear your skating socks.

Can't measure feet because it's a surprise?
In the event that you cannot measure the skater's feet, the length measurement of the insole from one of their favourite pairs of shoes will help.  Also consider if they have a wide or narrow foot, and check out the natural trace the foot leaves on the insole; do they have lots of room near the toes or no room at all?  Don't bother measuring the width of the insole as that is not reliable (your impression of whether they have a broad or narrow foot is usually more useful). For kids, parents often think of clever ways to measure their feet without giving away the intended purpose.

Why no specific guides on the site?
Why don't we just all of our guides on the Website? There are many already on the Internet, right? Yes, and many are simply wrong or do not relate very well to particular skates, or can be misleading. Over time we will expand the sizing information available online but we are trying to be careful to combine raw measurements with practical fitting information, particularly as we sell roller skates, rollerblades, and ice skates, and cater for subsets within each discipline as well. (SEE OUR GENERAL GUIDE HERE)

Standard width?
Standard or D width is common overseas, in America and Europe, but less common in Aus. Limited availability of broad fittings with some models (unfortunately we are a niche market) means that sometime we need a bigger skate than our regular shoe size to accommodate the extra width. Some skates do come in E/EE widths but most do not.

How much growing room?
If you were buying kid's shoes you may allow a thumb's width, and we often use the same rule of thumb (2-3cm) with skates. However, a loss of performance may follow too much room and excessive room will become a safety issue. Girls' feet tend to stop growing in length at about the age of 12 and boys at about 14. Just because they are likely to get taller and broader doesn't mean that teenagers need a lot of growing room in their shoes or skates.

Try not to become fixated on a size. By all means highlight what shoe size has generally applied to you but do not blindly order a size 8 because you have always been a size 8, as on this occasion the skates you want may be a size 7 (for example).

There are some subjective issues which are hard to quantify and often vary depending on the intended use of the skates or the past preferences of the skater. Some people like their skates roomy and others snug. One persons "support" is another's "constraint" and some may describe their skates as "roomy" whilst others would refer to them as "sloppy."

But remember, the way the skates feel when they are new is not usually the way they feel when they are broken in, and your feet have become conditioned/tougher with regular use.

Size Management
It's amazing what you can do with two pairs of socks and an extra $2 in-sole from the local shoe maker! Some people even use compression socks to improve comfort and circulation


The following relates to most shoes and skates but may vary from one manufacturer to the next and should be used as an indication only.  Where available, additional information will appear alongside each skate's individual listing.  The length measurements below in inches and centimetres are of the skater's feet.  Insoles are usually 1/2-1cm longer, depending on the shape of the skate's toe box. Skates are 1-2cm longer if the outside measuremnt is taken. Remember this information is intended as indicative.  See individual listings for more information or email or call for additional help.

Sizing Regime Sizes
European   28 29 30 31 32 33 34 34½  35 35½ 36 37 37½ 38 >
Japanese Mens 15.5 16.5 17.5 18.5 19 20 20.5 21 21.5 22 22.5 23 23.5 24 >
Australian Mens 9 10 11 12 13 1 1½  2 3 4 4 ½  5 >
  Wmns       1 2 3 4 4 ½  5 6 7 >
U.S. Mens 10 11 12 13 1 2 3 4 5 6 >
  Wmns         3 5 6 7 >
Inches   6 1/8 6½  6¾  71/8 7½  7 7/8 8 8¼   9 9 1/8 9 3/8 9 5/8 >
Centimetres   15.5 16.5 17.5 18 19 20 20.5 21 21.5 22 22.5 23 23.5 24 >
Sizing Regime Sizes
European   37½ 38 38½ 39 40 41 42 43 44 44.5 45 46 46½ 47 48½
Japanese Mens 23.5 24 24.5 25 25.5 26½ 27 28 29 29 29.5 30 30.5 31 31.5
Australian Mens 4 ½  5 6 7 8 9 10 10½   11 11½ 12 13
  Wmns 7 8 9 10 11 11½  12 12½  13 13½   14 15
U.S. Mens 6 7 8 9 10 10½ 11 11½ 12 12½ 13 14
  Wmns 7 8 9 10.5 11.5 12 12.5 13 13 ½  14 14.5 15.5
Inches   9 5/8 9 7/8 10 10 3/8 10 5/8 11 11¼  11 3/8 11 5/8 11¾  12 12¼ 12 3/8 
Centimetres   23.5 24 24.5 25 25.4 26.5 27 28 28.6 29 29.5 30 30.5 31 31.5

For more info please email or ring 0411 33 55 44

Please note that normal shoe size is only indicative and we suggest use of our guides or discussing sizing with us via email, telephone, or our online chat facility.

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