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Learn About Hockey Skates

Hockey skates are available in senior, junior and youth sizes. Senior skate sizes are 6 and up; juniors run from 1 to 5.5; and youth sizes start at youth 6 and run through 13.5. As a general rule, most ice hockey skates are sized about 1 to 1.5 sizes smaller than what you would wear in normal street shoes. Men's hockey skates come with many different options. Some have an easily-replaceable blade, allowing you to keep the boot even once a blade breaks or has been sharpened as much as possible. Many junior and youth skates also have this option, so you can choose between skates with a permanently attached or replaceable blade.

Skate boots are made with reinforced materials to protect the foot from contact and remain stiff during play, and skate blades are often constructed of stainless steel. Certain brands have different grades of steel for durability and the ability to hold an edge longer after sharpening. Many models also have vented padding to reduce odors and keep feet dry while in use or during storage. Hockey skates are made by Bauer, CCM, Graf, and True. Beyond hockey skates, women's and men's ice skates designed for figure skating are made by skate makers Riedell and Jackson in youth and adult sizes.

Ice Hockey Skate Sizing Chart

Hockey Skate Sizing Chart
Skate Size6.
US Men's Shoe Size7.
EUR Shoe Size40.541.042.042.543.044.044.545.045.546.047.047.548.0
UK Men's Shoe Size6.

Actual Shoe Size as determined by a Branock 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.

What are the best brands of hockey skates?

The three most popular hockey skate brands right now are Bauer, CCM, and True. All three brands offer two or three different models that cater to specific foot shapes (narrow fit, regular fit, wide fit), budget, and skill level.

How much do hockey skates cost?

Ice Hockey skates range in price from $100 all the way up to $1000. Factors that increase price include protection, overall weight, boot stiffness, comfort, and durability. Bauer, CCM, and True offer hockey skates of various different prices so there is an option for everyone.

What skates are best for beginners?

Bauer's new X-LS and X-LP hockey skates are both great options for beginner or recreational-level players. Both utilize Bauer's 3-D poly carb quarter package build for the right amount of stiffness and protection.

How do I choose the right hockey skates?

Choosing the right hockey skates comes down to a number of factors such as skill level, foot shape, budget, and how often you skate. For more information, check out our complete Hockey Skate Buying Guide.

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