A good fit is essential to comfort and performance. The following guidelines will help in selecting the correct boot size:
Do not buy skates that are too large. New skates should feel snug in the heel, arch and ball to provide the best support of the foot. Toes should be able to wiggle freely, but not slide side-to-side. While seated, slide the skate on the foot and lightly kick the heel down into the back of the boot.
Lace the boot, start with the first eyelet at the throat. Maintain snug, even tension up to the instep. Then put a couple of cross twists in the laces and finish lacing with a medium tension. This will keep the foot firmly in place while allowing maximum flexibility at the ankle joint.
After the skate is laced completely, stand and allow your body weight to rest evenly over the entire foot. Because the foot has a tendency to expand when pressure is applied, it is important to remember the skates may feel tighter now than when the foot was in a relaxed position.
Bend knees, try to lift the heel out of the heel cup of the skate. There should be very little movement. Toes should brush the boot’s front sides with light pressure.