Shopping for good inline skates and other types of rollerblades has always been a little confusing. But when it comes to choosing the best rollerblades for wide feet, the process tends to get even more challenging. For some reason, skate companies don’t indicate the width of their boots. They leave it all to you to figure out how roomy the skate is and whether it’ll fit you.
Here’s the truth — the most reliable way to choose wide-fitting inline skates is to measure your feet or get fitted at a skate shop. But not everyone can walk into a skate shop for professional boot fitting advice. Plus, we all know there’s always a good deal to be had online if you know where to look.
If you suspect your wide, flat feet are the result of a health-related issue, please talk to your doctor. But if your feet are wide than most due to other reasons, stay with me.
Because in this post, you’ll meet 5 inline skates that offer a wide fit so that you can pack your wide feet in there and roll around without getting pain and blisters each time.
- 5 Wide-Fitting Inline Skates
- 1. FR FRX 80 Freeride & Slalom Skates (Top Pick, Good for Slalom)
- 2.Rollerblade RB Cruiser Adult Fitness Unisex Skates (for Casual Urban Skating)
- 3. Rollerblade RB 80 Pro Unisex Urban Skates (Also Good)
- 4. Rollerblade Macroblade 100 3WD Fitness Skates (Best for Women)
- 5. Seba CJ Wellsmore Carbon Pro (Best for Aggressive Skating)
- How to Choose Wide-Feet Rollerblades
- Flintstone Feet Are Becoming More Common
- It’s OK to Have Wide Feet, But It Can Also Be Painful
- Sizing Inline Skates Gets Even More Challenging
- Measuring Your Feet is the Most Accurate Approach
- How to Measure Foot Length and Width for Sizing Inline Skates
- “Choose Your Regular Shoe Size” Doesn’t Always Work
- How Do You Know You Have Wide Feet?
- How Should Inline Skates Fit?
- What If You’re In Between Sizes?
- Women’s vs. Men’s Skate Sizing
- What Brands Offer Wide-Fitting Inline Skates?
- What’s Your Skating Style?
- How to Size Inline Hockey Skates When Your Feet Are Wide
- 3 Different Inline Hockey Skate Fits
- Soft Boot or Hard-boot Skates?
- Frame Length and Number of Wheels
- What About Price?
- Final Thoughts on Choose Wide Rollerblades
5 Wide-Fitting Inline Skates
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A quick overview of my top pick, the FR FRX 80.
The FRX is a wide-fit pick with a solid hard-boot construction. It features a short, highly-maneuverable, swappable lightweight aluminum frame. It beats its contenders in the race hands down in the ankle support department. And its versatility increases its attractiveness even further. The best part? It runs wide, and it won’t depress your credit card/bank balance. Plus, it lasts. Read a more detailed review below to know the one thing to not like about this FR series skate.
Last update on 2021-10-09 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API
Last update on 2021-10-09 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API
1. FR FRX 80 Freeride & Slalom Skates (Top Pick, Good for Slalom)
When it comes to skating found street obstacles, bobbing and weaving in and out of city traffic, or swiftly skating slalom courses full of cones, the FRX 80 is a dependable companion. What’s more, this inline skate from Seba offers enough room at the toe box so you can pack your hefty feet in there. Just so you know, FRX Skates used to be Seba Skates pre-2016.
A Solid Hard-boot Construction
Even though the FRX 80 features 80mm wheels just like its soft-boot counterparts the RB 80 Pro and RB Cruiser, it boasts a more solid construction.
The cuffs are high and seriously supportive, and the hard outer shell provides lots of lateral support. Together, these components add up to lots of ankle support. You get the kind of reliable ankle support that enables you to make swift, twisty maneuvers at speed.
A Short, Agile Aluminum Frame
The frame measures 243mm in length, which means it’s very short and makes for competition-level agility and maneuverability. The 45-degree middle power strap keeps your heel nicely and securely locked in, and there’s zero heel lift. And the traditional lacing lets you customize the fit however you want.
Don’t Tighten the Top Strap Too Much
But while the buckle-equipped top strap works, it could use some design improvement. When my husband strapped on these and tapped the heel onto the concrete, he got a pretty tight fit.
However, after strolling around town for like 30 minutes, he got cut up real bad. It seems like FX skates should tweak the strap design of this product a bit.
Fortunately, loosening up the buckle-operated top strap while tightening the traditional laces and middle strap solved the problem. If you like this skate enough and decide to shell out for it, I suggest that you skate with the top strap loose and the other closure systems nice and snug.
In terms of fit, measure your feet, get the length in centimeters, and use the model’s official size chart to calculate your size. That said, the skate fits true to size. And if you’re not into slalom inline skating where a performance fit would be more desirable, ordering a half-size bigger would be OK.
Performance-wise, the FRX skate wins hands down compared to the options below due to its super-solid boot design. Also, hard boots last. And I also like that it comes in at a reasonable price point.
2.Rollerblade RB Cruiser Adult Fitness Unisex Skates (for Casual Urban Skating)
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The unisex Rollerblade RB Cruiser is what to choose if you intend to mostly skate casually out on the town. It’s an urban-style skate with a molded-shell construction that makes for decent ankle support. Most importantly, this skate fits wide feet better than most.
By the way, unisex basically means they’re in men’s sizes. Buy a size smaller if you’re a woman.
The inner liner is removable, too, and it breathes well. It’s pretty much a fitness skate, which means it’s quite comfortable. More comfortable than your typical hard-shell urban-profile inline skate.
Being an urban skate, this boot offers rubber-based shock-absorption capabilities so that you can jump over and off stuff out on the town without killing your feet.
The 80A 80mm wheels have a classic urban profile. They’re bullet-profile wheels with a strong nylon core. Combine that with the skate’s 243mm frame, and you have rollerblades that maneuver around cars, people, and objects fast and sharply.
Also, the skate features a rubber heel brake which comes in handy if your stops are somewhat rusty. Oh, and don’t grind that brake past that little wear limit line. And here’s how to replace inline skate brakes.
Isn’t that 243mm Extruded Aluminum Frame too Short?
Perhaps you think that the 243mm extruded aluminum frame with a 4 x 80mm wheel setup would be too short for you. Maybe that’s because you, like my husband, are tall and are size 28cm/280mm mondo size in skates. Amazon didn’t have his size, so he ordered directly from Rollerblade.
Well, the skates felt somewhat squirrely during the first few sessions. But after getting used to them, he found that he could turn on a dime and literally avoid death.
The frame is really sturdy, and it didn’t flex too much at speed. Also, you can swap out the frame down the road and put in a longer frame with bigger wheels for even better performance.
Don’t Fly Down Hills On These Urban Skates
Don’t use these skates for skating downhill at 50mph. They’re 80mm wheels, after all, and smaller wheels tend to get quite unstable at speed. But you’ll love how fast and reactive these skates are thanks to the SG7 bearings. They’re durable, too.
That said, they’re not like the finest of the finest urban-style fitness skates that can be had. But they’re worth the money if you ask me.
3. Rollerblade RB 80 Pro Unisex Urban Skates (Also Good)
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Admittedly, the RB80 Pro and the Cruiser model are pretty much the same skate as far as specs go. In both skates, the wheels are 80mm 85A with a bullet profile. The so-called SG7 bearings in both options are good and roll smoothly. And the 243mm extruded aluminum frames are firm and sit low enough for stability.
Being short makes this sturdy frame agile and maneuverable, but at speed, you might notice speed wobbles which isn’t surprising with 80mm wheels. And I’ve heard a few tall skaters saying a 243mm frame with a 4x80mm wheelset feels somewhat unstable.
Me? That wasn’t my experience, but I’m not very tall. Plus, I know quite a few people who’re 6 feet tall or taller who use 243mm frames quite comfortably. Maybe height has nothing to do with it. I suspect the skating technique of those who said their skate felt unstable could use some work.
Also, the skates absorb shocks and vibrations well, but that’s expected of any decent urban skate. You can ride stairs out on the town, jump over obstacles, and perform tricks. Also, this skate comes with a heel brake for safety, which helps if you’ve not perfected your stops.
And the best part, the RB80 Pro accommodates beefy feet comfortably well. My foot measures 26cm/260mm in length and slightly wider than 4 inches, which means I have wide feet. And these skates fit like a glove.
I suggest that you use the Mondopoint size guide below and order accordingly. The skate fits true to size, just its sibling the RB urban cruiser above. If you’re a woman (I like to think I’m a girl) like yours truly, remember to choose your skates 1 size smaller because these are unisex skates which actually means they’re men’s skates.
At that price, you’re getting a decent urban skate that performs really well. The skate in the picture above is mondo size 220 which translates to US women size 5.
4. Rollerblade Macroblade 100 3WD Fitness Skates (Best for Women)
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Comfort and performance-wise, the Rollerblade Macroblade 100 3WD wins out compared to the RB 80 Pro and Cruiser models. Also, the Macroblade 100 uses speed laces instead of traditional laces, saving you seconds when strapping on these guys.
Small wonder this fitness skate comes in at a higher price point. But don’t worry, it’s still within affordable limits for most folks.
The boot looks like a mesh-y athletic shoe that breathes really well. If you have wide feet, you’ll find that this boot fits better than you imagined.
Being a soft boot, you can expect it to stretch quite a bit, providing a bit of extra room for your ample feet. If you have wide feet like me, you’ll want to give this skate a chance. If it doesn’t squeeze my 4″+ wide feet, it should work for most skaters.
Super-fast 100mm Round-profile Wheels with SG9
With 100mm wheels that have a round/elliptical profile and a lightweight 274mm 3WD aluminum performance frame, you can’t ask for a faster or more stable skate. There’s a huge performance difference between 80mm and 100mm wheels. And when the 100mm wheels in the equation are Rolerblade’s Supreme wheels with SG9 bearings with a smooth, long roll, what you get is an extremely fast skate.
These thin, elliptical wheels face little roll resistance. And the edges couldn’t be smoother and more precise than that.
A Longer Frame for More Stability
This 10.8″/274mm big-wheel frame is considerably longer compared to the 243mm frames we saw on the models on the Cruiser and RB 80 Pro skates. But the frame isn’t too long that you can’t turn quickly to dodge a car or a pedestrian.
Take care when doing crossovers, though. It’s easy to trip on the heel of the riding skate. The front wheel sticks out a bit because the frame is reasonably long.
The frame sits quite high off the ground, though. Your rides might feel unstable before you get used to riding at that lofty position. But the frame is quite sturdy. And long.
It’s the kind of frame you want under your feet when bombing down slopes at speed. It doesn’t flex at speed. You can stride as hard as you like without worrying about losing stability and possibly crashing.
Spoked Wheel Hub
The spoked wheel hub may not be the best option for heavier riders, but there’s nothing weak about these synthetic spokes. For the money, you’re getting a high-performance tri skate that announces to everyone that you’re a serious skater.
New skaters should probably stay away from this skate, though. Unless the noob is super confident and possesses lots of innate balance and skating ability.
5. Seba CJ Wellsmore Carbon Pro (Best for Aggressive Skating)
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Do you like skating ledges, jumping off objects at parks and out on the street, grinding on rails, and performing amazing bowl stunts but have wide feet? I encourage you to check out the Seba CJ Wellsmore Carbon Pro. Because it’s one of the widest aggressive skates out there. It’s a unisex skate, meaning it comes in men’s sizing. Definitely go down 1 size if you’re a woman.
These carbon rollerblades are well-made, and the boot itself looks pretty much like a regular inline skate boot. That means it’s not rock-hard as other aggressive skating boots are. But that doesn’t mean it’s not supportive. Just a little less so, but the upside is the increased comfort you get thanks to the breathable Seba liner.
A Versatile Aggressive Inline Skate
Its boot design makes the skate versatile. You can use it at skate parks and feel completely at home. And when it comes to skating found obstacles out on the streets, you can use this skate without everyone thinking, “those skates look weird.” Even though it’s partly a soft boot, it offers decent ankle support while allowing for enough ankle articulation so you push your skating to the limits.
It combines the foot-comforting reputation of a soft boot and the performance-focused attitude of an aggressive skate. The result is a hybrid skate that lets you mesmerize beginners at local parks and blinking strangers out on the streets.
A 260mm Reinforced Polypropylene Composite Fiberglass Frame
At 260mm, the composite/fiberglass frame is short enough for maneuverability while not sacrificing too much stability. My husband did test these aggressive skates, and they were as solid a performer as he’d hoped.
Two small hard wheels on either side of the grinding block/groove guide his grinds super smoothly. This anti-rocker frame fits small wheels in the 60mm-64mm size range. But the wheels it comes with are 60mm in diameter at 88A. They’re nice and hard, and with ABEC 9 bearings driving them, they’re incredibly nimble.
And while the wheels have a rounder rather than a square-lipped profile, they have a wide enough contact patch so you can keep your balance after every big jump.
We’ve skated wheels that required tons of trick-landing precision, but these 88A Wellsmore wheels aren’t that demanding. The wheel profile allows you a bit of margin for error when landing tricky tricks (pun intended).
It’s a UFS CJ Frame
There’s nothing praiseworthy about this skate’s frame being UFS. All aggressive skates come with a UFS frame (Universal Frame System). That means you can swap this frame out and mount any other kind of aggressive skate frame.
You can put in smaller or bigger wheels up to 64mm. And if you ever want to skate really tall wheels such as 80mm wheels, all you’d have to do is put in a big-wheel aggressive inline frame. With the many opportunities to spice up your ride experience, you’ll keep boredom at bay…forever.
Well, there’s nothing special about the soleplate. But this soleplate is tough enough and held up pretty well after the roughest, most demanding skating over the testing period.
It’s been months now since my hubby started squeezing fun out of these skates. But the soleplate refuses to be broken by even the mightiest impacts.
Then there’s the Seba H-block. This removable component is designed to let you effortlessly lock onto waiting ledges and rails while performing gnarly bowl stunts. It’s made to take abuse, and it didn’t disappoint.
How to Choose Wide-Feet Rollerblades
Choosing wide-fitting rollerblades can be extremely confusing because skate makers don’t tell the end user how wide their boots are. And contacting them isn’t always a productive use of one’s time. In the end, the only way to know which inline skates and brands provide a wide fit.
In this wide inline skate buying guide, you’ll learn what to look for when shopping. You’ll learn how to measure your feet, calculate your mondo point size, and determine whether indeed you have wide feet. You’ll fully understand (hopefully) how to select a skate that would work for your high-volume feet.
But first things first…
Flintstone Feet Are Becoming More Common
According to Dr. Jeffrey S. Hurless, a podiatrist at Healthyfeetstore.com, flat (usually wider) feet are becoming more common. This foot expert believes these Fred Flintstone feet are happening mostly because many folks are spending an awful lot of time indoors barefoot or in flip-flops.
But you don’t need to be a work-from-home peep to have wide, flat feet. Some people are born with wide feet. Also, gaining weight or getting older can lead to fallen arches.
Also, a condition such as edema can lead to high-volume feet. Pregnancy is another known situation that leads to swollen feet. But do you really want to skate when pregnant?
And, did you know that wearing tight-fitting shoes can cause your feet to widen aside from giving you nasty bunions and corns? You’d think tighter shoes would lead to smaller feet, but what happens is the exact opposite of what you’d expect.
The wide-fit inline skate recommendations given in this post are for inline skaters who naturally have wide feet.
It’s OK to Have Wide Feet, But It Can Also Be Painful
Having wide feet is OK, and there’s nothing to worry about in most cases. Unless there’s something to worry about, in which case you should stop reading this post and talk to someone who can give you proper advice.
But having a pair of Fred Flinstone-like feet can be a real pain when it comes to shopping for inline skates. With regular shoes, measuring your feet and using the manufacturer’s model-specific size chart often works. That said, many people with high-volume feet have ended up with shoes or skates that squeezed every trace of comfort out of the skating session. All they got was pain, discomfort, and regrets.
Sizing regular sneakers isn’t always an easy process if you have fatter, wider feet, but…
Sizing Inline Skates Gets Even More Challenging
However, things aren’t as easy when it comes to buying inline skates for urban skating, aggressive skating, slalom, fitness skating, or whatever. That’s because makers of these boots usually don’t label their skates as having a specific width measurement. If you’re a size E or EE, 4E wide, or even wider, chances are that you won’t find 4E rollerblades or whatever width you are.
But that doesn’t mean all inline skates on the market are the same size lengthwise or widthwise. Skate designers don’t meet and agree on what sizing system to use for their products. That’s why skate sizing varies from brand to brand. In fact, size also varies from model to model even within the same skate brand.
Measuring Your Feet is the Most Accurate Approach
While many people can just order their regular shoe size and get skates that fit like a glove, that’s not true for everyone. Many skaters have had to return skates that fit way off than they’d hoped.
For that reason, the best and most dependable way for deciding what skate size would work for you is to measure your feet. So, how do you measure your feet correctly for sizing inline skates?
How to Measure Foot Length and Width for Sizing Inline Skates
It’s a simple and easy process, one that shouldn’t take more than 1 minute.
So, find a piece of blank white paper and a sharpened pencil. Then, walk to a solid surface such as a wood floor or a concrete surface.
Don’t stand on your carpet or any kind of surface that moves when measuring your feet. Why? Because you’ll end up with inaccurate foot measurements. Please remember that.
Place the piece of paper horizontal to a wall with the one edge touching the base of the wall. Then, stand on the paper with one foot with the heel touching the wall. Then, take a pencil and trace out the outline of your foot. As you trace out the outline, be sure to keep the pencil perpendicular to the paper.
The reason you should hold the pencil perfectly upright is that it’s the only way to avoid tracing underneath the foot.
Now, take a ruler or a dressmaker’s tape and measure the distance between the edge of the paper to the longest toe. That’s your foot length. Next, measure the distance across the paper at the widest area. That should be around the forefoot. That’s your foot width. Finally, repeat the process for the other foot and record the numbers somewhere.
What Measurement Should You Use, Right or Left Foot Measurement?
You now have two sets of numbers, one for the right foot and the other for the left one. Now, find a universal size chart and see what size your numbers calculate into. In most cases, choosing the recommended size should work across skate brands.
But you have right foot measurements and left-foot measurements. So, what measurements should you rely on when calculating the right skate size for your feet? Take the larger width measurement as your width number and the larger length measurement as your true foot length.
Usually, the difference in size between the right and left foot isn’t significant. But if the longer foot surpasses the other by 1.5″ or longer or if the width difference seems too big, talk to your doctor. You probably need custom skates/shoes, one larger than the other.
“Choose Your Regular Shoe Size” Doesn’t Always Work
While gathering research for this post, I came across lots of dissatisfied folks who felt the traditional advice “order your inline skates in your usual sneaker size” wasn’t very reliable.
OK, most of the skates I’ve worn were in my regular shoe size, US size 9 or 8 in some skates. But this skate fit advice hasn’t always worked for my husband.
So, what works for him and most inline skaters? Using a ski size chart to choose rollerblades, that’s what works for almost everyone nearly all the time. Typically, ski makers use the Mondopoint fit system.
The Mondo fit system lets you use your longer foot’s centimeter measurements to calculate the right skate size. What’s more, the mondo ski boot size chart enables you to easily do size conversions.
For example, if your foot measures 28cm long, the mondo size chart recommends that you choose size 10 inline skates. And if you want a performance fit (are you a speed skater?), the chart suggests sizing down to size 9. And that makes complete sense because the performance fit typically is a full size smaller than the comfort fit in most ski boots and skates.
Below is a Mondopoint size chart for sizing ski boots as well as inline skates.
Mondopoint Size and Conversion Chart
Do you remember me suggesting that you should use a universal size chart when sizing your inline skates? The Mondopoint chart below should do the job. Remember, it’s best to follow the specific manufacturer’s model-specific size chart where it’s been established their charts are accurate. But where confusion reigns or where you don’t completely trust a certain skate maker’s size chart, you’ll find the resource below useful.
|Mondopoint Comfort Fit||Mondopoint Performance Fit||US Men Size/Unisex||US Women Size||UK Size|
How Do You Know You Have Wide Feet?
If your actual foot width measurement is wider than what’s considered standard width for your regular shoe size, you have wide feet. For example, if you’re a size 9 US men and your foot width is over 3 5/16″, you’re officially in the wide-width territory. And if you’re a size 9 US women and your foot width exceeds 3 11/16″, you have wider-than-normal feet. In other words, your foot width is supposed to be proportionate to your foot length. If there’s too much width for each unit length, your feet are wider than most.
Use the foot size chart below to determine if you have wide feet. The size chart is in US shoe size. I’m sorry if that inconveniences you in some way.
US Men Shoe Size vs. Foot Width Size Guide
|US Men Size||Narrow/C||D/Average Width||Wide/E|
|6||3 5/16″||3 1/2″||3 11/16″|
|6.5||3 5/16″||3 5/8″||3 3/4″|
|7||3 3/8″||3 5/8″||3 3/4″|
|7.5||3 3/8″||3 11/16″||3 15/16″|
|8||3 1/2″||3 3/4″||3 15/16″|
|8.5||3 5/8″||3 3/4″||4″|
|9||3 5/8″||3 15/16″||4 1/8″|
|9.5||3 11/16″||3 15/16″||4 1/8″|
|10||3 3/4″||4″||4 3/16″|
|10.5||3 3/4″||4 1/8″||4 5/16″|
|11||3 3/4||4 1/8″||4 5/16″|
|11.5||3 15/16″||4 3/16″||4 3/8″|
|12||4″||4 5/16″||4 3/8″|
|12.5||4 1/8″||4 5/16″||4 1/2″|
|13||4 1/8″||4 5/16″||4 5/8″|
|13.5||4 3/16″||4 3/8″||4 3/4″|
US Women Shoe Size vs. Foot Width Size Guide
|US Women Size||Narrow/AA||B/Average Width||C/D/Wide||E/EE/Extra Wide|
|5||2 13/16″||3 3/16″||3 9/16″||3 15/16″|
|5.5||2 7/8″||3 1/4″||3 5/8″||4 “|
|6||2 15/16″||3 5/16″||3 11/16″||4 1/16″|
|6.5||3″||3 3/8″||3 3/4″||4 1/8″|
|7||3 1/16″||3 7/16″||3 13/16″||4 3/16″|
|7.5||3 1/8″||3 1/2″||3 7/8″||4 1/4″|
|8||3 3/16″||3 9/16″||3 15/16″||4 5/16″|
|8.5||3 1/4″||3 5/8″||4″||4 3/8″|
|9||3 3/8″||3 11/16″||4 1/16″||4 7/16″|
|9.5||3 3/8″||3 3/4″||4 3/16″||4 1/2″|
|10||3 7/16″||3 3/4″||4 3/16″||4 9/16″|
|10.5||3 1/2″||3 7/8″||4 1/4″||4 5/8″|
|11||3 9/16″||3 5/16″||4 5/16″||4 11/16″|
|12||3 11/16″||4 1/16″||4 7/16″||4 13/16″|
How Should Inline Skates Fit?
Inline skates are supposed to fit pretty much like regular sneakers. Too often, skaters think they need bigger skates when what they have is actually the right size. That said, recreational inline skates are designed to fit quite snugly while fitness and other performance-oriented skates should have an even tighter fit (a performance fit).
How do you know you have the right size inline skates? When in the usual skating position with your knees slightly bent, there shouldn’t be too much wiggle room in front of your toes. And when you’re standing normally, your toes should barely touch the front of your skates. If your toes are pushing against the front of the skate or stay curled when you’re standing, get bigger skates. And if the boot is too roomy when you’re in the naturally skating position, definitely get smaller rollerblades. Also, you shouldn’t experience any pressure points or hot spots during skating. Additionally, your heels shouldn’t lift at all after you’ve laced up your skates securely. Instead, your heels should stay locked in comfortably in the heel pocket.
What If You’re In Between Sizes?
If you’re in between inline skate sizes, size down. Far too many skaters size up when they should be sizing down. Inline skates are designed to give you a tighter fit than regular shoes. If it feels like they’re somewhat tighter than your regular shoes feel, don’t return them. Instead, skate them hard and break them in, and they’ll get slightly roomier and comfier with use. Most shoes stretch a little and become more spacious after repeated use, and the same goes for inline skates, especially soft boot skates.
That said, it makes sense to read product reviews before purchasing just in case the skate manufacturer got the sizing all wrong. I’ve bought skates whose size chart was way off to the extent I had to send the poorly fitting skates back and order two sizes bigger. Well, that sucks if you have to pay shipping fees.
Women’s vs. Men’s Skate Sizing
Women and men were created equal, and they’re equal in pretty much all senses, but not when it comes to foot size. Women’s feet have different anatomy than men’s feet, and that’s something to keep in mind when shopping around for rollerblades. Naturally, women’s feet are smaller and narrower than men’s. A men’s skate size 7 US or whichever sizing system would be larger and wider than a women’s US size 7. Conclusion: it’s best to go for women’s inline skates if you’re a woman or are buying for a young girl.
Can Women Rollerblade in Men’s Inline Skates?
Yes, a female inline skater whose feet are wider than standard women’s sizes can definitely ride in men’s inline skates. However, one thing to remember is that you should choose a skate that is 1-1.5 sizes smaller than your regular size. For example, if you’re a US women size 9 and are interested in a men’s skate, buy them in size 8 or 7.5 depending on how the specific skate model fits. If the skate you’re eyeing runs small, go 1 size up. And if it runs a little bigger, go down 1 and a half sizes.
What Brands Offer Wide-Fitting Inline Skates?
Are there brands that offer some of their inline skates in wide sizes? Yes, companies such as Rollerblade, Seba, USD VII, and THEM have a reputation for fitting wide feet. And while K2 skates tend to have a narrow-ish fit, the K2 Unnatural aggressive inline skates run wide.
If you’ve not already read my wide-fitting rollerblade reviews above, I suggest that you visit that section after you’re done devouring the information in this buying guide. In the end, though, the best way to determine if a pair of skates will work for your flat, wide feet is to order an option that runs wide and try it on for fit.
Be sure to buy from someone (Amazon?) with a generous return policy. Of course, you want to stay away from shady skate brands whose customer service sucks. I’m talking about all those unknown brands Amazon and other online platforms are choking on, those who make you jump through all kinds of hoops if you decide a skate.
What’s Your Skating Style?
How do you skate? Do mostly skate aggro? Maybe you’re a beginner looking for a low-cost recreational inline skate? Or you’re a speed skater or freestyle slalom skater who carries more about performance than comfort. Perhaps you’re a decent inline hockey skater who needs agile rollerblades that are also supportive?
Generally, if you skate casually, you can choose skates that provide a little extra room. But if you’re all about speed, jumps, and tricks, go for skates that offer you a performance fit. A performance fit is one that’s noticeably tighter. Many brands these days offer their skates in both comfort fit and performance fit.
Here’s one thing to keep in mind: inline hockey skates fit a bit differently than other rollerblades. For that reason, I decided to dedicate an entire section to how to size inline hockey skates, especially if you have wide feet.
How to Size Inline Hockey Skates When Your Feet Are Wide
Unlike other skates, inline hockey skates are supposed to fit like ice skates. When shopping for other rollerblades, you can order in your regular sneaker size. But when it comes to sizing inline hockey skates, you should generally choose 1-1.5 sizes smaller than your regular size. Since this post is about choosing wide-fitting rollerblades, I’ll now focus on what you need to know before purchasing hockey skates.
3 Different Inline Hockey Skate Fits
When choosing inline hockey skates, you’re choosing between three kinds of fit namely:
- Low-volume fit
- Medium-volume fit
Let’s now look at each fit. It’s time to refer to the foot width measurements we obtained above. Before y0u learn what each skate fit is like, let’s do a bit of basic math here.
Let’s assume your length measurement for the longer foot was 28cm (yes, measuring your length in cm is what skate fit experts recommended). Let’s also pretend that the foot’s width was 11cm. At this point, you need to calculate your foot’s length-to-width ratio.
Now, take the length of each foot and divide it by that foot’s measured width. In our example, the ratio would be 28/11 = 2.54 or 2.5. If that’s you, you’re in the medium-volume/wide-feet category as per the width chart below.
|Width Ratio||Corresponding Skate Fit|
|Less than 2.5||High-volume: Wide forefoot, deep heel|
|2.5-3.0||Medium-volume: standard heel & forefoot|
|Greater than 3.0||Low-volume: Shallow heel & narrow forefoot|
High-Volume/Wide-feet Skate Fit
So your width ratio came to 2.5 from our little width ratio calculation above. That places you in the medium-volume, standard heel, standard forefoot fit category.
What if the width was 11.5cm instead of 11cm? In this case, the width ratio would be 2.43. And that number would now place you in the high-volume, wide forefoot, deep heel fit category. But since 2.43 is only slightly smaller than 2.5, you may want to order a medium-volume skate in EE width. That’d give you a wide, comfy skate in a performance fit.
Medium-Volume Fit/Medium-width Skate Fit
If your width ratio came to anywhere between 2.5 and 3, you’d be in the medium-volume category. This is the fit category where most inline hockey players belong. That’s because the vast majority of players and everyone else has standard-width feet. By the way, only 25 percent of the population has wide feet. But wait, that’s about 83,000,000 Americans. That is, 1 in every 4 inline hockey players and everyone has wide feet.
What if your width ratio is slightly less than 3.0? In this situation, choosing a pair of rollerblades with a low-volume fit in EE width would be a smart idea. And if your width ratio was slightly above 2.5, it would make sense to pick up medium-volume skates in extra-width width/EE width. Alternatively, go with high-volume rollerblades in standard width (D width).
Low-Volume/Narrow-Feet Skate Fit
If your width ratio calculation worked out to 3.0 or greater, that would mean you have a narrow forefoot and a shallow, narrow heel. What if the number came to 3.1? In this case, you would have two options. Either choose a medium-volume skate in D width or opt for an extra-wide, low-volume inline skate.
Soft Boot or Hard-boot Skates?
If you’re planning on doing mostly recreational skating, go with a soft boot. Generally, soft boots offer more comfort than hard boots. Also, soft boots stretch more than hard boots, and that makes them a viable option for skaters with wider feet.
The downside to soft boots is that many are made out of basic components. Expect a plastic frame, poor plasticky wheels, crappy bearings, and whatnot. But your checkbook will love how good you’re at spending money. Also, ankle support isn’t particularly great.
Hard-boot inline skates, on the other hand, provide great support and the cuff tends to be higher than in soft-boot skates. And while some hard boots have 80mm wheels, many have 90mm-125mm wheels compared to 80mm wheels for most entry-level soft boots. If you want a faster skate that offers great ankle support, something tough enough to take all kinds of jumps and tricks, choose a hard boot.
Frame Length and Number of Wheels
I believe I’ve exhaustively covered how to choose frames for inline skates elsewhere on this site. I’ve also written a solid guide on how to choose good inline wheels. So, there’s no need to repeat myself here; I’ll just summarize everything.
If you’ll be doing lots of street skating or twisty, turny stuff like slalom, go for a short-framed skate. Also, if you’ll do mostly rough-surface skating, go for a moderately short frame, one that’ll enable you to turn easier. But if you’re into fitness, performance, or speed skating, you’d be best served by picking up wide-fitting frames with a considerably long frame.
Shorter frames give you more maneuverability while longer ones give more stability. And, higher frames are less stable compared to lower frames.
You can have 2-5 or even 6 wheels on your rollerblades. For slalom, recreational, and fitness inline skating, four-wheel configurations are pretty common. For urban skating/freestyle/street skating, 3-wheeled skates/tri skates are quite common. As for speed skating/marathons, 4-5x 110mm wheel setups are typical.
Bigger wheels accelerate slower than smaller wheels but keep rolling longer. But bigger wheels increase your center of gravity, reducing overall stability.
What About Price?
Of course, the best wide-fit rollerblades you can buy are what your budget can accommodate. But understand this: with inline skates, you get your money’s worth in most cases. Some wide-fitting options can cost you as little as under $150 while some top-end choices can set you back over $500. That said, you should be able to get decent wide skates for between $200-$500.
Final Thoughts on Choose Wide Rollerblades
Skate manufacturers rarely state what width their skates come in, and that causes quite a bit of confusion for skaters of all skating abilities. That said, reading reviews written by other skaters like us can point you in the right direction.
All of the options reviewed above have a wider forefoot/wider toe box than most. While all 5 recommendations above are decent choices, the FR FRX 80 came out on top.
Still, the only way to know if they’ll fit you is to pull the trigger and order one of them. And if it doesn’t fit, order a smaller or bigger size and let’s go skating.