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Riedell Sizing Guide

The Ultimate Riedell Sizing Guide

Riedell Speed 395
Riedell Speed Boots 395 Sizing Chart
Riedell Speed 248
Riedell Speed Boots 248 Sizing Chart

  1. Start by measuring your foot using the method demonstrated in the video below. You simply get a piece of paper and put it up against the corner of a wall (any right angle will do). Stand on the paper with your heel to the wall and draw a line in front of your longest toe. Measure the paper (not your foot) with a ruler in inches.
  2. Refer to the Riedell Ritz Stick image to the left or the chart to the right to find the size that matches your length. For example, a 10" foot comes out to a size 7.5. That will fit snugly. If you prefer a loose fit, you may want to go up a half size.
  3. Next you need to find your width. Measure the circumference of the ball area of your foot with a tape measure or a non-elastic piece of string. Refer to the video below for a demonstration. Speed boots generally come in a Medium (D) width which is a little on the wide side. You can special order Narrow (C) or Wide (E), but there may be a special makeup fee of $52 and it may take 4 - 6 weeks to manufactured. Ladies artistic boots generally come in a Medium (B) width and most widths are stocked so the special makeup fee will normally not apply. Mens artistic high top boots come in a Medium (C) and most widths are also stocked.
How To Measure The Length Of Your Foot

How To Measure The Width Of Your Foot

Riedell Ritz Stick Sizing
Size Inches Size Inches
J 6 5 3/16" 4 8 7/8"
J 6.5 5 3/8" 4.5 9"
J 7 5 1/2" 5 9 3/16"
J 7.5 5 11/16" 5.5 9 3/8"
J 8 5 7/8" 6 9 1/2"
J 8.5 6" 6.5 9 11/16"
J 9 6 3/16" 7 9 7/8"
J 9.5 6 3/8" 7.5 10"
J 10 6 1/2" 8 10 3/16"
J 10.5 6 11/16" 8.5 10 3/8"
J 11 6 7/8" 9 10 1/2"
J 11.5 7" 9.5 10 11/16"
J 12 7 3/16" 10 10 7/8"
J 12.5 7 3/8" 10.5 11"
J 13 7 1/2" 11 11 3/16"
J 13.5 7 11/16" 11.5 11 3/8"
1 7 7/8" 12 11 1/2"
1.5 8" 12.5 11 11/16"
2 8 3/16" 13 11 7/8"
2.5 8 3/8" 14 12 3/16"
3 8 1/2" 15 12 1/2"
3.5 8 11/16" 16 12 7/8"

System Sizes System
Europe 35 35½ 36 37 37½ 38 38½ 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46½ 48½ Europe
Mexico           4.5 5 5.5 6 6.5 7 7.5 9 10 11 12.5 Mexico
Japan M 21.5 22 22.5 23 23.5 24 24.5 25 25.5 26 26.5 27.5 28.5 29.5 30.5 31.5 Japan M
W 21 21.5 22 22.5 23 23.5 24 24.5 25 25.5 26 27 28 29 30 31 Japan W
U.K. M 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 11 12 13½ U.K. M
W 3 4 5 6 7 8 10½ 11½ 13 U.K. W
Australia M 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 11 12 13½ Australia M
W 4 5 6 7 8 9 10½ 11½ 12½ 14 Australia W
U.S. & Canada M 4 5 6 7 8 9 10½ 11½ 12½ 14 U.S. & Canada M
W 5 6 7 8 9 10 10.5 12 13 14 15.5 U.S. & Canada W
Russia & Ukraine * W 33½ 34   35   36   37   38   39         Russia & Ukraine W
Korea (mm.) 228 231 235 238 241 245 248 251 254 257 260 267 273 279 286 292 Korea
Inches 9 91/8 93/8 95/8 97/8 10 101/8 10¼ 10½ 10¾ 11 11¼ 11½ Inches
Centimeters 22.8 23.1 23.5 23.8 24.1 24.5 24.8 25.1 25.4 25.7 26 26.7 27.3 27.9 28.6 29.2 Centimeters
Mondopoint 228 231 235 238 241 245 248 251 254 257 260 267 273 279 286 292 Mondopoint

For Speed Boots:
For men's and women's boots on the original "248" last (122, 125, 195, 595 and 695) measure on the Riedell stick (standing) and then add 1/2 size.
This should be approximately the same as normal street shoe size for men and one full size smaller than normal street shoe size for women.
For boots on the "395" last (265, 395, 811, 911 and 951) the size on the Riedell stick should be fairly close to correct.
This should be approximately 1/2 size smaller than normal street shoe size for men and 1 1/2 smaller than street shoe size for women.
The "395" last is the same as the original "248" last except it has more height in the toe box. This allows the foot to fit a little closer to the end of the boot and is why boots made on the "395" sometimes feel bigger.
The shape of the toes and the width of the foot also effect sizing greatly. A foot with a "square" toe shape will need more room at the end of the boot than a narrow foot or a foot with a more pointed toe shape.
It is always recommended when ordering any "special make up" boots in different colors or special widths that it is always advisable to first try on a stock boot to make sure the sizing is correct. Special order boots are not returnable.

How to Prepare Boots for Fit

Unlike many skate manufacturers, most mid range and upper level models of Riedell skating boots need to be prepared by the fitting individual prior to placing the boot on the foot.

The use of form fitting counter, extensive comfort padding and the structure of Riedell boots will not provide the skater immediate comfort unless the boot is properly prepared prior to fitting. In addition, and even more important, Riedell’s lasting construction will not allow for the skater to get their heel all the way back into the boot without proper boot preparation, resulting in potential boot oversizing.

Boot preparation consists of opening up the heel counters of the boot and gently softening and warming of the quarter padding within the boot. In order to accomplish this task two methods can be used.

The first method usually used on the more moderately structured boot models, is simply to spread the upper quarters of the boot apart and apply a vigorous fist and hand massage to the quarter padding and counter areas of the boots. In the more structured models, additional effort may have to be applied.

In addition to separating the quarters and applying vigorous fist and hand massage to the padding and counter areas, a forward flexing of the back of the boot may be needed. It is absolutely essential that this action be conducted properly with the boot firmly held flat on a surface to insure that the soles and arch support structure of the boot is not flexed or bent. This will dramatically open up the counter and heel area of the boot as well as greatly increase initial boot comfort.

Although this will take some effort to open up the counters, such boot preparations should be done modestly and only to the point where the skater can get their foot all the way back in the boot to insure proper fit. In order to totally understand this process, a demonstration and instruction of the procedure will be required by your sales agent and/or Riedell staff.

Ball Placement

It is very important to identify the placement of the ball of the foot in the boot. If the ball of the foot is too far forward in the boot, pinching and/or toe room may be sacrificed resulting in discomfort, injury, or poor balance. If the ball of the foot is too far back toward the arch of the boot, usually the boot is too long resulting in discomfort, premature boot breakdown and excessive foot slippage.

There are basically two ways to help determine proper placement of the ball of the foot in the boot. A very simple way is to remove the footbed from the boot and by carefully placing the skater’s foot (using proper heel placement) on the footbed, you can visualize reasonable ball placement. This procedure will also give you a general observation as to the entire foot placement within the boot and it can aid you in verifying your boot length.

In adult skaters, you may accomplish this task by feel and verbal description of the boot (after being prepared properly for fit) and the boot is laced firmly on the skater’s foot. On most “normal” and “average” feet, if the ball of the foot is in the proper boot placement, toe room will be adequate and a snug fit in width will result. In some extreme cases, individuals with extra long toes and/or very short arches, custom built boots may be required.

Identifying Indicators of Misfit Boots

With proper understanding of boot fitting, it is relatively easy to determine if a boot is misfit. Such determination can be made when a boot is new, but as the boot is worn, such indicators usually become much more evident. The following indicators may assist with determining proper boot fit.

Ball area and throat of the boot
An extremely critical area to watch is the throat and ball area of the boots.

  1. If the lacing pattern is drawing too close together or buckling of the eyestay area occurs when the boot is laced firmly on the skater, two possibilities exist:
    a. The boot is too long for the skater.
    b. The boot is too wide for the skater.
  2. If the lacing pattern is extremely wide, or the ball and throat area is too wide apart, the reverse situation may exist.
    a. The boot length is too short.
    b. The boot width is too narrow.
    In this situation, usually, the skater will complain of pinching or discomfort. Proper lacing in the throat area should be no closer together when the boot is laced snugly on the skater than the normal width of the throat of the unlaced boot.
  3. If the lacing pattern is too close when laces are pulled snugly, the following may result:
    a. The skater will not obtain a snug fit, particularly after the boot is used, as the boot stretches to a certain degree when broken in.
    b. The skater will experience a lack of boot support.
    c. Foot slippage will occur resulting in possible blisters and/or discomfort.
    d. Poor skating performance.
    e. Premature skate breakdown.

Heel or ankle area
The second primary area of concern is the heel and/or ankle area. Remember that the majority of a boot’s support is obtained from the counters and back quarters of the boot. If those areas are not fit snugly, heel slippage may result causing:

  1. Blisters and/or foot irritations.
  2. Loss of structured support affecting performance.
  3. Premature skate breakdown.

As with the throat area, the lacing pattern of the entire boot should be uniform. If the lacing pattern of the instep and ankle area is too close together, the boot may be too wide or too long. An excellent indicator is excessive heel slippage. If that results, all of the above listed problems will occur. If the lacing pattern is excessively wide, the boot may be too narrow or too short, once again, the skater will usually complain of discomfort.

The majority of misfit boots is usually caused by selecting a boot that is too wide for the skater rather than too narrow for the skater. It is suggested that the boot be fit as snug as possible in width without pinching. Remember, it is always better to adapt any particular spot on a boot, with the aid of a boot press or a ball and ring device than to go wider over the entire boot just to accommodate a particular area of the foot.

When determining proper or improper fit of a used boot, the examination of the laces and the footbed can provide valuable information on the boot fit. Usually the laces will stain or mark, which will indicate where they were pulled snug. In this way, you can re-lace the boot without the skater and determine the lacing pattern of the boot.

The footbed will also stain in use and show you exactly how the foot is fit in the skate. Indication of foot slippage can be found by the staining or imprint of the toes on the footbed. The darker or more dominate stain is caused by the weight of the foot and fit in length can be easily determined. The light edge stains on the footbed will indicate foot slippage, and the total impression of the little toe on the footbed is an excellent indication of the boot being too wide.

Again, the vast majority of misfit boots is caused by oversizing. If undersizing occurs, adjustment can be made with the use of a boot press or a ball and ring device. Unless it is the skater’s preference, undersizing seldom occurs due to the skater’s immediate discomfort or pinching. However as with oversizing, the same indicators of laces and footbeds can be used to make the determination on undersizing a boot.

The Right Fit Enhances Performance

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.

Support and Service
It is of ultimate importance that all Riedell customers are provided with the best fit possible. To help insure that need, Riedell Shoes, Inc. is committed to providing all authorized dealers and their staff with information and training in the fitting of their products. In return, it will be the responsibility of the authorized dealer and their staff to insure such service is provided to each customer.

Warranty on misfit boots will become the responsibility of the fitting dealer and his/her staff. If additional information, training, or review is desired and/or needed, contact your regional sales agent and/or Riedell Shoes, Inc. for resolution of needs.

Sole or Foundation
Skating boots must have a firm sole. With no blades attached it should be very difficult to flex the boot with your hands. The sole is made rigid by a steel shank placed between the insole and outsole.

Constructed with a good firm leather or moisture resistant fiberboard.

In top quality boots the outsole will be constructed of high grade firm leather to securely hold mounting screws and resist moisture penetration.

Constructed with leather or water-repellent fiberboard attached with 6 to 10 nails driven up through the heel, outsole and insole.

Counter or Arch Support
Proper arch support is one of the key factors in obtaining the correct skating form. The counter or arch support should be of moisture proof leather or moisture resistant fiberboard, securely cemented to the lining and upper and be attached to the insole. The counter must be long enough to support the inner longitudinal arch of the foot just short of the ball joint.

Many people believe the support of skating boots comes from how firm the upper is. This is not entirely correct. As mentioned earlier, support is derived by a good firm insole, outsole and counter. The basic function of the upper is to hold the foot in place and give protection. Due to its strength, durability and comfort, leather is the preferred material.