Choosing the proper skate size is different than choosing shoes. Hockey skates need to be tight for stability and to eliminate abrasion when skating. Concerned about your child’s growth? Do not buy a skate more than a ½ size larger than the proper fit. By compensating for growth and buying larger skates, you will inevitably hinder your child’s development and run the risk of injury. You are better off buying a mid-priced skate that fits now instead of a high end skate that will fit next year. Plan on buying skates for one season. It’s unrealistic to think that your growing child will benefit by getting a large skate that lasts two seasons. A proper fit for hockey skates should fit 1.5-2 sizes smaller than your street shoes. Your toes should barely touch the toe cap when the skate is tightly laced. When sizing for children, follow the same method while allowing no more than 1/2 size extra for growing room. Some athletes skate barefoot. But that means excess sweat soaking into the boot and quicker deterioration of the skate. Whether you prefer thick or thin sports socks, make sure you bring a pair to Stateline and wear them for your fitting. Every foot is different, so try several pairs to get a feel for which skate provides the best combination of comfort and stability. Don’t buy into the hype and peer pressure. Get the proper fitting skate for you. Each brand is fighting for you business and will tell you how much better they are compared to their competitor. The fact is you are getting the same quality if you purchase a skate by CCM, Reebok, Bauer, Graf or Easton. It’s all about the fit!