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How to Size Roller Skates for a Perfect Fit

If you are looking to buy a your first pair of roller skates, then it’s important that you get the right size so your skates fit well. In today’s article, I’m going to show you how to size roller skates the right way so you can rest assured that you get the correct size.

First, I’m going to answer some common questions about roller skate sizing. I get a lot of questions about this topic, so I thought I’d create a special page just to answer all of your roller skate size questions. Then, I’m going to give you the only tool you really need to get the correct size – the manufacturer’s roller skate size charts.

And, finally, this article is really all about sizing quad skates, but much of the information here can also be applied to rollerblades and inline skates, too. I’ll make another article about rollerblades and inline skate sizing soon and link it here.

Frequently Asked Questions about Roller Skate Sizing

Are shoe size and skate size always the same thing? Do roller skates run true to shoe sizes?

No, your roller skate boot size is not the same thing as your standard shoe size. Please do not assume that roller skates are going to be the same size as your shoes.

Many roller skates are not going to match your shoe size. This may be true sometimes, but you are most likely to be disappointed if you assume this always is going to be the case. The only true way to know is to check the manufacturer’s roller skate sizing charts – which I provide below.

Many skates come only in men’s sizes. So, ladies typically have to go down 1 full size from their US women’s size to get the correct fit. Manufacturers do this to save money. They don’t want to mass produce skates in two different sizes (one for mens sizes and one for womens sizes), so they instead just do one and call it a day.

Many online roller skate shops (and even Amazon) will sometimes list this out for you in the size dropdown, but that is not always the case. So, always be sure to check the size chart.

How do you measure yourself for skates?

The most important thing you will need is a tape measure or a ruler to get your foot size. Typically, you want to measure your feet mid-day as your feet can swell more in the morning / evening.

To measure the length of your foot, stand up and have a friend or family member measure your foot length from the back of the heel to the top of your longest toe. If you stand up and place the back of your heel up against a wall, this can help to insure you get a good measurement. It also gives you a base to rest your tape measure or ruler up against.

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Next, sit down to measure the width of your feet from one side to the other. Not all skate manufacturers provide a boot in different widths, but Riedell has many brands of their skates that they do offer this feature on.

Another tip that can help is to trace your foot on a large sheet of paper. Then, you can double and triple check your measurements after you are done tracing.

Do roller skates come in half sizes?

Most roller skate manufacturers only offer full sizes with no option for a half size. Again, the reason for this is typically cost on the manufactuers side. Less sizes means less options they have to produce.

One of the few exceptions is Bont Skates who offers many of their quads in half sizes. Many inline skates manufacturers like Rollerblade and Kinetic also offer more half sizes. However, you are just more limited when choosing quad roller skates.

Is it better for your skates to be too big or too small?

Honestly, neither. If your skates are too small, then they will have pinch points, crush your toes and be uncomfortable. If they are too big, then your feet will move around too much in the skates. Not only can this cause blisters, but it is also dangerous because you will have less control over your skates. Note: If you are a beginner and concerned about falling, make sure you have the right protective gear. You can learn more here.

Ideally, you want your skates to fit snug but not uncomfortable. Your toes should not be crunched in the toe box. Your ankle and heel should be secure once you lace your skates up tight.

How do I know what size skates to buy?

The first step is to figure out what kind of roller skates you are interested in buying and who manufactured them. Once you have the manufacturer determined, then it’s time to look at their skate sizing chart (see below). Measure your foot with a ruler or tape measure and then look up your skate size on the chart. It’s that easy. 🙂

What are the different roller skate boot styles available?

Roller skate boots come in all different shapes, sizes and styles. First, there are high-top or low-cut boots.

High-top boots are better for beginners and for people who want more stability in their ankles. Most high-top quad skates come with soft boots compared to their rollerblade cousins that have a harder outer shell. They are also used a lot for artistic skating, rhythm skating and jam skating.

Low-cut boots are more for skaters who want more flexibility and maneuverability in their ankles. They often want to get low around the corners when doing crossovers and want maximum control. This is why they are used most frequently in speed skating, roller derby and jam skating.


Roller Skate Size Charts: Your Tool for a Correct Skate Size

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The secret weapon in insuring you always get the correct skate size if to find the manufacturer’s skate size chart. The size chart is typically a handy table where you measure your foot length in centimeters, millimeters or inches and then match it up the size chart. It then tells you the roller skate size to get for your feet.

In some cases, the size chart will come with instructions along with a step-by-step and pictures explaining exactly how to measure your foot for roller skates.

To be helpful, I have reproduced (and linked) to all of the skate manufacturers’ size charts below. Many manufacturers have charts for each of their different brands. It’s important to use these charts if you want your skates to fit correctly.

Also, it’s important to remember that these are just size charts and they are not always perfect. They are simply a guide to help you get to the right size. When you buy a pair of skates, you are really buying a pair of shoes. So, try your best to get the right measurements and use them to determine the best skate boot for you.

So, remember that the 100% fool proof way to insuring you buy the perfect size is to try them on first – just like with a pair of shoes. The issue these days are there are so few skate pro shops and roller rinks to try them on at, so most of us only have the size charts as our best guide.

My own personal experience has been that most of the size charts have been just fine for me when buying my own skates, so I think they will work for most of you, too.

Here is a quick list so you can jump right to the manufacturer you are interested in:

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Sure-Grip Roller Skate Size Chart

All Sure-Grip roller skates come in men’s sizes. So fellas, your skate size should match your shoe size. For ladies, the women’s sizes are 1 down from your original shoe size. So, if you wear a size 7, you need a Sure-Grip size 6.

To insure a perfect fit, please measure your foot length in inches and match it up best with this chart.

Sure-Grip SizeUS WomenUS MenUKEUFoot Length (Inches)
4543369
5654379.3
6765389.6
78764010
89874110.3
910984210.6
10111094311
111211104411.3
1212114611.6
1313124812
1414134812.3
Here is the original Sure-Grip chart on their website

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Riedell Roller Skate Size Charts

Riedell is king when it comes to making awesome boots. Their size charts are also some of the best. Here is a link to their page where they have downloadable PDFs with charts and a handy step-by-step to measure your feet length.

All of their size charts are actually to measure the length and width of your feet. This is why Riedell makes some of the best roller skates for wide feet. They really take your foot’s width into account when most skate manufacturers do not.

If you are really struggling to find a great fitting pair of skates, then I really recommend Riedell. They are some of the best boots around and they are 100% made right here in the USA by hand. They will cost you more money, but their high-end boots really are the bomb.

Their size charts are so detailed, that I wouldn’t even try to reproduce them here. You really do need to just check them out for yourself. There are different widths for high-top boots vs. low top boots. They have different charts for each model and for whether you are ordering their black boots (men’s sizes) or white boots (women’s sizes). They are detailed so be prepared to spend some time on it. 🙂


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Moxi Roller Skates Size Charts

Moxi Skates has a variety of different skating sizing charts depending on what skate you are buying. The funny thing about Moxi Skates is that they are marketed and geared towards women, but their skates are often in men’s sizes. So ladies, you really need to measure your feet before you buy a pair of these skates.

I’m sure a number of women have seen these skates and selected their regular shoe size only to be disappointed when the skates come in and they are too big. Moxi actually says on their own FAQ page that ladies need to go down 1-1.5 US sizes to get the right fit. That’s pretty wild. This is why it’s super important to always, always, always check the skate size chart before you buy.

Moxi Lolly Skate Sizes

Moxi SizeFoot Length (Inches)Foot Length (cm)US Men’sUS Women’sUS KidsEU SizesUK Men’sUK Women’s
4131622.45-5.53.5-435-363-3.5
5116236-6.54.5-536-374-4.5
63823.867-7.55.5-637-385-5.55-5.5
7111624.66.5-78-8.538-396-6.56-6.5
810 11625.67.5-89-9.539-407-7.57-7.5
910 3826.48.5-910-10.540-418-8.58-8.5
1010 111627.19.5-1011-11.541-429-9.59-9.5

Moxi Rainbow Rider & Beach Bunny Skate Sizes

Moxi SizeFoot Length (Inches)Foot Length (cm)US Men’sUS Women’sUS KidsEU SizesUK Men’sUK Women’s
17 13⁄1619.8 1.5-2    
28 3⁄1620.8 2.5-3    
38 1⁄221.6 3.5-4    
48 13⁄1622.4 4.5-53.5-435-36 3-3.5
59 1⁄1623 5.5-64.5-536-37 4-4.5
69 3⁄823.866.5-75.5-637-385-5.55-5.5
79 11⁄1624.66.5-77.5-8 38-396-6.56-6.5
810 1⁄1625.67.5-88.5-9 39-407-7.57-7.5
910 3⁄826.48.5-99.5-10 40-418-8.58-8.5
1010 11⁄1627.19.5-1010.5-11 41-429-9.59-9.5
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VNLA Skates Sizing Charts

Most of VNLA’s skates come in men’s shoe sizes. However, you should still check the skate sizing charts below to get a better fit. Use the skate sizing tips that I mentioned above in the FAQ section for measuring your foot.

VNLA Junior Sizing Chart

VNLA Junior SizeInterior Length of Skate
322.0cm
422.7cm
523.6cm
624.4cm
725.3cm
826.0cm
926.8cm

VNLA Parfait Skate Sizes

VNLA Parfait SizeUS Women’s Shoe SizeUS Men’s Shoe SizeInsole Length (inches)
6651⁄2
77678
88710 18
99810 12
1010910 34
11111011 18

VNLA Speed Inline Skates Sizing Chart

VNLA SizeUS Men’s SizeEuropean SizeInchesMillimeters
55379.25237
66389.5244
77399.75251
884010258
994110.5265
10104210.75274
11114311281
12124411.25295
13134511.5295

Bont Roller Skate Size Charts

Bont has a number of skate size charts and calculators on it’s website. You can see them here. I really like their calculators which allow you to just input a few measurements and then it spits the Bont skate size for you.

Bont has two different sizing charts. The first one is there standard skate size chart. The second one then is for the Parkstar, Prostar, Quadstar and Super B skates. I recommend a lot of Bont skates as they are great quality, so I have both charts here for you.

Bont Skate Size Chart

Foot Length (mm)Bont SizeEU SizeStandard Fit (mm)Wide Fit (mm)Double Wide Fit (mm)Narrow Fit (mm)
150 – 1629 C2775 and under76 – 80
163 – 17110 C2870 – 7879 – 8369 and under
172 – 17911 C2972 – 8081 – 8568 – 71
180 – 18812 C3074 – 8283 – 8769 – 73
189 – 19813 C3175 – 8485 – 8970 – 74
199 – 20313.5 C3277 – 8687 – 9172 – 76
204 – 20713378 – 8788 – 9293 – 9773 – 77
208 – 21523481 – 9091 – 9596 – 10076 – 80
216 – 2192.534.582 – 9192 – 9697 – 10177 – 81
220 – 22433584 – 9394 – 9899 – 10379 – 83
225 – 2283.535.585 – 9495 – 99100 – 10480 – 84
229 – 23243686 – 9697 – 101102 – 10682 – 86
233 – 2374.536.587 – 9798 – 102103 – 10782 – 86
238 – 24153789 – 9899 – 103104 – 10884 – 88
242 – 2465.537.590 – 100101 – 105106 – 11085 – 89
247 – 25063891 – 101102 – 106107 – 11186 – 90
251 – 2556.538.592 – 103104 – 108109 – 11387 – 91
256 – 25973994 – 104105 – 109110 – 11489 – 93
260 – 2647.54095 – 105106 – 110111 – 11590 – 94
265 – 26884196 – 107108 – 112113 – 11791 – 95
269 – 2728.541.597 – 108109 – 113114 – 11892 – 96
273 – 27794299 -110111 – 115116 – 12094 – 98
278 – 2819.543100 – 111112 – 116117 – 12195 – 99
282 – 2861044101 – 112113 – 117118 – 12296 – 100
287 – 29010.545102 – 114115 – 119120 – 12497 – 101
291 – 2951146104 – 115116 – 120121 – 12599 – 103
296 – 29911.547105 – 117118 – 122123 – 127100 – 104
300 – 3041248106 – 118119 – 123124 – 128101 – 105
305 – 30812.549107 – 119120 – 124125 – 129102 – 106
309 – 3131350109 – 121122 – 126127 – 131104 – 108
314 – 31713.551110 – 122123 – 127128 – 132105 – 109

Bont Skate Size Chart for Parkstar, Prostar, Quadstar and Super B Skates

Foot Length (mm)Bont SizeEU SizeStandard Fit (mm)Wide Fit (mm)Double Wide Fit (mm)Narrow Fit (mm)
174 – 18210C28
183 – 19011C29
191 – 19812C30
199 – 20213C31
203 – 20613.5C32
207 – 216133
217 – 218234
219 – 2232.534.5
224 – 22833584 – 9394 – 9899 – 10379 – 83
229 – 2313.535.585 – 9495 – 99100 – 10480 – 84
232 – 23743686 – 9697 – 101102 – 10682 – 86
238 – 2414.536.587 – 9798 – 102103 – 10782 – 86
242 – 24553789 – 9899 – 103104 – 10884 – 88
246 – 2505.537.590 – 100101 – 105106 – 11085 – 89
251 – 25363891 – 101102 – 106107 – 11186 – 90
254 – 2596.538.592 – 103104 – 108109 – 11387 – 91
260 – 26273994 – 104105 – 109110 – 11489 – 93
263 – 2687.54095 – 105106 – 110111 – 11590 – 94
269 – 27284196 – 107108 – 112113 – 11791 – 95
273 – 2778.541.597 – 108109 – 113114 – 11892 – 96
278 – 28194299 -110111 – 115116 – 12094 – 98
282 – 2869.543100 – 111112 – 116117 – 12195 – 99
287 – 2901044101 – 112113 – 117118 – 12296 – 100
291 – 29510.545102 – 114115 – 119120 – 12497 – 101
296 – 2981146104 – 115116 – 120121 – 12599 – 103
299 – 30211.547105 – 117118 – 122123 – 127100 – 104
303 – 3041248106 – 118119 – 123124 – 128101 – 105
305 – 31112.549107 – 119120 – 124125 – 129102 – 106
312 – 3131350109 – 121122 – 126127 – 131104 – 108

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Roller Derby, Pacer & Candi Girl Skate Size Charts

Roller Derby has been in business for over 100 years and makes some good entry level roller skates for kids and adults. They also are the makers of Pacer Skates and Candi Girl Skates, too.

There skate sizing chart leaves a lot to be desired. It’s really more of a conversion chart from US shoe sizes to Euro, UK and Japan sizes. There is no guide for length or width of their boots. Instead, Roller Derby simply states that all of their skates are in US shoe sizes.

US WomensUS MensUS Boys/GirlsEuroUKJapan
7J236J15
8J257J16
9J268J17
10J279J18
11J2810J19
12J2911J19.5
13J30.512J20.5
13213J21.5
233122
4334223
5435324
6536.5424.5
7638525.5
8739626.5
9840.5727
10942828
111043929
1211441030
12451130.5
13461231.5

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Crazy Skates Size Chart

Crazy Skates is an Australian based skate manufacturer. I recommend a few of their quad skates as they are well made and pretty good for the price.

Here is a handy chart that shows the typical size for most Crazy Skates. You can find a more detailed sizing guide here.

Crazy Skates Evoke Sizing Guide

Innersole Length (mm)Innersole Length (in)US MenUS WomenEUUK
225mm8.7533342
232mm9.03.54353
239mm9.2545363.5
246mm9.556374
253mm10.067385
260mm10.2578396
266mm10.57.58.5407
273mm10.7589417.5
280mm11.08.59.5428
286mm11.25910439
293mm11.510114410

Chicago Skates Size Chart

The Chicago Skates brand has been around forever – since 1905. They are one of the oldest skate companies around. They are well known for some of the cheapest skates on the market. You can find many of their skates at Target, Academy and other regular retail stores.

I don’t recommend them very often, but if you need a pair of skates for around $50, then Chicago is probably what you want to look at. Here are their skate sizing charts.

Women Shoe Sizes

US & Canadian SizesEuroInchesCentimeters
535922.8
6369.2523.5
737.59.524.1
838.59.7524.8
9401025.54
104110.2526.03

Men Shoe Sizes

US & Canadian SizesEuroInchesCentimeters
5379.3823.82
6389.5824.33
7399.7824.84
840.510.1825.85
94210.526.67
1043.510.7527.3
1144.51127.94
124611.2528.57
134711.529.21

Kid Shoe Sizes

US & Canadian SizesEuroInchesCentimeters
J10286.817.25
J11296.917.5
J12317.2818.5
J13327.4819
1337.8720
234.58.2721
335.58.6622
4379.0523

Luigino & Jackson Skate Sizing Chart

Luigino is a skate brand that has been around for awhile and is best known for their aggressive inline speed skates.

Jackson is also another skate brand that has very nice fitting quad boots. They both share a skate sizing chart below. One of the nice things about Jackson and Luigino is that many of their quad skates come in half sizes!

They do also make quad skates for roller derby and speed skating.

Below is a size chart that goes over a few of their quad skate boots.

Luigino & Jackson Quad Skates Size Chart for the Q6, Q4, F1, Competitor, Elite, Vantage, Supreme Roller Skates

US WomenUS Uni-SexFoot Length (in)Metric (mm)EU
48.521736.5
4.58.7522237
58.937522737.5
5.59.12523238
69.312523638.5
6.59.437524039
769.62524439.5
7.59.7524840
879.937525240.5
8.510.12525741
9810.312526241.5
9.510.437526542
10910.62527042.5
10.510.7527343
111010.937527843.5
11.511.12528244
121111.2528644.5
131211.562529045.5
141311.87529446.5

Impala Roller Skates Sizing Chart

Impala Roller Skates was founded in 2017 in Melbourne Australia by Globe International. This company has been known for its surf, skate, and women’s streetwear and is backed by this experienced by over 30 years.

The Impala brand is known for their 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s style roller skates and rollerblades.

Impala sells to Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, the USA, Canada, Europe, UAE, and Asia.

US WomenUS MenFoot Length Heel to Toe (cm)EU Women
112Y1932
213Y2033
3120.534
422135
532236
642337
752438
862539
9725.540
10826.541
1192742
12102843
13112944
14123045
Here is the Impala Skate size chart on their website.

Want to Learn Even More About Skating?

Want more reviews on roller skates? Check out my Best Roller Skates page for a list of all of the quads I recommend. I also have pages for roller skates for menroller skates for women and roller skates for kids where I recommend the best skates on the market today for each group. Or, check out my roller skates for beginners if you are completely new to roller skating.

Or, if rollerblades or inline skates are more your style, then check out my rollerblades for menrollerblades for women or rollerblades for kids pages. Or, if you are completely new, check out my rollerblades for beginners page.

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Jeff Stone

Jeff Stone started the website RollerSkateDad.com back in 2015. The site specializes in roller skate reviews and advice about skates and all things roller skating. When Jeff isn't skating with his two daughters Lily and Violet, he enjoys writing code, cooking, watching movies and hanging out with his wife Claire and their german shepherd, Electra.

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