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Old October 21st, 2017, 04:15 PM   #1
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Default Slightly adjusting skate size for smaller foot?

Hi everyone!

I moved to a city with a fantastic urban and trail skating group, and I figured it was time to make the switch from quads to inlines. I was having trouble, especially getting over tactile paving, which was holding up the group.

Based on my budget, I bought some FILA Houdinis (Women) in a Euro 38; my normal shoe size is a 38/39 and my feet are about 23.5cm long. I checked all the FILA sizing charts, and this seemed to be the right size on length - I had also tried on someone else's size 38 FILA, but in a different model. The length does seem to be right, as when I remove the inner boots and just put my feet in them, my toes go right to the ends. If there had been a 37.5 option, I may have gone with that, but my left foot is bigger than my right and my gut told me that a 37 would be too small for it, especially given the published info on length.

However, a problem developed in that my feet are very flat (not just flat arches, but also just not very "tall" in the sense that they are like, say, a minute-steak rather than a thick slab) and narrow. As a result, there was a lot of vertical space in the skates, and also width, especially in the toe box.

I put some innersoles in them, fairly bulky anti-pronation ones that I also have in my hiking boots. For the left foot, this has worked a charm - the arch support eats up all of that vertical space, and the toes are snug. The anti-pronation also makes my ankle even straighter, though this was not a significant issue even without it.

However, in the right foot, which is less than a half-size smaller, the toes still feel like they have too much space. I am pretty sure that this is partially psychological - as I am used to the really tight toe areas of figure ice skates and artistic inline boots. But I am curling up my toes unconsciously, and I don't realise until I get little twangs of pain.

Both skates are 100% snug at the ankle level, and I have the top buckle part even slightly looser than the tightest I can get it because I feel well-supported in the ankles. My feet do not move in them.

Is there any way I could occupy some more of the vertical/width space in the toe box to make my smaller right foot feel snugger, without it being assymmetrical? I was thinking of maybe putting in one of those sort of partial innersoles that people put under the balls of their feet in high heeled shoes?

Thanks for any advice!
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Old October 24th, 2017, 07:00 PM   #2
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Update! And great news. Despite feeling discouraged, I went skating again today and everything seemed to go a lot better. I felt more comfortable on the inlines, I went for a longer skate and I practised braking. I could feel my toes on both feet touching something which I guess is the front of the skate, but it wasn't either uncomfortably tight or loose, and my heels felt secure.

Now comfortable enough with braking that I can skate on bike trails even if I have to cross roads (though I still make sure to begin braking a long way before the crossing) - means I can skate further and also to/from my house rather than carrying my skates 3km to the outdoor rink. So I think I will progress a lot faster now!
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