Goalie skates are designed differently than player skates to provide a proper fit with the leg pads. However, goalie skates and player skates are sized in the same way.
Skates play an extremely important role in terms of performance. If a skate is not properly sized or is uncomfortable, it is more likely the goalie will experience blisters or damage the boot support. Follow these fundamental steps to correctly size your goalie skates.
- It is crucial that your skates have good stability and strong ankle support.
- A solid exterior is vital to protecting your feet from the puck and other skates.
- Typically, you want a skate that is 1 to 1.5 sizes smaller than your shoe size. For children, it is acceptable to order a half-size bigger to accommodate growing feet; any larger will cause blisters to form and will break down the sides of the boot.
- Too large of a skate will affect a player’s mobility and balance.
- When trying on a skate, wear socks similar to ones that you will wear while playing.
- After putting on the skate, press your foot forward as far as possible so your toes press against the front of the skate. When in this position, you should be able to place one finger between the inside of the boot and the heel of your foot.
- After that, sit down and kick your heel firmly into the back of the boot.
- Firmly tighten the laces through the first two or three eyelets until the skate is snug near the toe. Remember to keep your foot placed flat on the ground while lacing the skate.
- After lacing up the skate, make sure you walk around to test the comfort level of the skate.
- Does your heel move? There should not be any movement or lifting with your heel. If your heel does move, it will take away from your performance.
- The skate should be very snug for proper support to enable a good push-off without any movement.
- It is also important to have your blades sharpened regularly about every six or eight hours of practice or game time is ideal.
- Remember, it takes a few wears to break them in; the more you wear your skates, the faster the skate will mold to your foot.
- Heat-fitting is an option to help expedite the break-in process.
Heat Fitting Tip
Heat fitting is a process in which skates are baked in a special oven to achieve a more perfect fit. This process helps round out the stiff sides and upper part of the boot, conforming to the shape of the goalie’s foot. Heat fitting shortens the break-in period by about half the time.