Sizing and a guide to sizing the sizes!
As a lot of different countries have their own sizing charts and scales, we have decided to add this page to help you figure it all out. Why cant the major manufacturers get together and decide on ony scale and just get rid of all the different options? Maybe it time we all got together and petitioned each country to get together and sort it out. The feet of the world are easily scaled and a universal scale could be used worldwide instead of 5 or more different ones. However....
This page is really about footwear and skates, as clothing is pretty much easier to gauge for adults and children. We put the sizes of the widths and lengths on each page anyway, so you can measure the clothing you have and buy accordingly. We are always at the end of the phone if you feel you need to clarify a sizing issue. When purchasing clothes, footwear or skates, the final decision is with you. We will do our best to help you choose. For best accuracy whem measuring, use a tailors tape.
UK vs US vs EU!!!
All footwear we stock have about 5 different sizes on each box. US, UK, EU, CM and JP. The main one we use are the UK and US. The shoebox always has the US size printed the largest on it. Mens US footwear are 1 size larger than UK e.g US10 = UK9. Womens are 2. EU sizing can vary depending on the manufacturer but we go by one scale. This one:
DVS, Lakai, DC and Fallen we sell or have sold are almost all true to size. By this, we mean, if you presently take a UK 9 in a shoe or trainer , then a 9 will fit right out of the box. If you think that your between sizes, be on the safe side and go up a size, you can always wear a heavier sock, or lace them up to the top eyelit hole. This will stop all and most shoes slipping off the heel when walking.
If you are a young teenager looking at buying a new pair of skate shoes, and you are currently wearing a UK 7. Have a look and see how much room you have left in them. Are you the full lenght of the shoe inside? Has it been a good few months since they were last purchased? Have you grown and and are still growing? Are they tight? Answering some these questions first can help you decide wether a UK8 is needed or another UK7 again.
A good fit shoe will have a bit of room for the foot to slide up to the top in and for men, an an index finger can be put behind the heel. For youth to teenagers, the little finger should fit at the back of the heel with the foot pushed forward in the shoe.
With so many brands, its easy to hear all sorts of stories about different people who have fitted on different skates and have had different sizes. Again, this comes dow to how old you are and which model your looking for. Almost all skates these days are true to size. If you are young and still growing, going up a size or 2 would be needed for you to grow into and get the most of out your skates.
Trying on inline skates, you need to have them fully laced up and tightened up for the boot to give you an accurate sizing. The boot will naturally push the foot forward in the liner due to the thick padding in the heel area.
Razors e.g. All of their Cult, Genesys + SL models, are all very accurate in size. Grown teenagers, or young adults can buy the same size as their feet. Younger skaters would need to go up a size.
Remz are very good and accutate in size also. Follow the same rule as Razors.
USD are very similar to Remz and Razors. A lot of the throne and Classic Throne models are all accurate. But follow the same rule based on your age. The Carbon models are a bit different and feel. No liner makes them unique and not much stretch either. The newer Kelso are good to size, and the new Carbon II are the same.
Xsjado are unique in the fact the the boot is made in 2 sizes, which extend. The small shell, ranges from a UK 4-8 and the large shell goes from a UK 8.5-12.5. The footwrap or shoe inside the boot is what gives the skate the size you require. EG. When you buy a 9, its the shoe thats a 9. They are a good fit, true to size. The boot gives an extraordinary amount of stability also. Very comfortable fit. Looks like a snowboard binding due to the rachet style fastening. All parts are removeable and replaceable. Its possible to use your normal footwear in the Xsjado, if the heel is aarrow enough to fit the heel area.
Inline Skates Recreational
We sell Rollerblade and Bladerunner, (same company, just different branding). These are very good for sizing in both mens and womens. Trying on inline skates, you need to have them fully laced up and tightened up for the boot to give you an accurate sizing. The boot will naturally push the foot forward in the liner due to the thick padding in the heel area. If your an adult, buying one size more than you normally wear is ok. Grown teenagers, or young adults can also go up one size. Younger skaters would need to go up a size.
The kids skates are brilliant as they are adjustable. Just go by the sizing chart on the page to choose either a small, medium or large. Eg. your child is a UK2, we would recommend going for the L, the UK 3-6. They will still fit the UK3 size and get the most out of the skates for the next few years. Instead of growing out of the medium!
We primarily stock Riedell Skates. A US company who produce a huge amount of roller skates, figure skates and ice skates. All are almostly hand made in their factory in the states. Video can be seen here.
The R3 boot, our most popular starter boot for Roller Derby for freshmeat skaters comes as a complete, straight out of the box. As the skates are US imports, the boxes will have the US size printed on the outside and the boot will have the same size printed on the inside of the boot. This is the US size .ie UK+1. So a box with 6 on it is a UK5. A skate with 4 on the inside is a UK 3. If you are trying on your friends skates, make sure to do the conversion when ordering, as we will send the UK size. That is what is on our site.
From feedback and most customers' opinions, they have an accurate size. They fit true to size. But we advise you, If you think that your between sizes, be on the safe side and go up a size, you can always wear a heavier sock. If you have an opportunity to try a pair on, do so.
The plates mounted on the boots are also US sized. Different plates, nylon and aluminium fit differently on different boots due to lengths and heel bases. Please make sure if ordering plates, your sure what boot you will be mounting these on. Any concerns, please contact us.
Other popular are the 265 Derby boot. An all leather, hand made boot. On feedback, these fit true to size. Again, we advise you, if you think that your between sizes, be on the safe side and go up a size, you can always wear a heavier sock. If you have an opportunity to try a pair on, do so.