Your skates are your most important piece of equipment in hockey.
Without a good pair of hockey skates, you won’t be able to keep up with the game.
However, our feet come in all shapes and sizes.
And, sometimes—it isn’t easy finding a pair that fits well.
This is especially true for people with high arches.
If you have a high instep—you’ll need to find hockey skates for high arches.
If you’ve been searching and wondering how to make your skates more comfortable because of your high arch problem, then look no further.
In this article, we’ll show you the 3 best hockey skates for high arches… Plus—we’ll show you one accessory you must use if you have high arches.
Let’s dive in.
Best Overall: CCM Jetspeed FT4 Pro
The CCM Jetspeed FT4 Pro skates are our favorite hockey skates for high arches in 2023.
If you have high arches, and you’re able to spend a bit on your skates, then these are for you.
- Best overall skate for high arches
- An incredible one piece boot
- A nice Tapered fit
- Provides great strides
- Super comfortable OrthoMove footbed
- No ankle (lace) bite
- Not the best for wide foot skaters
- Very expensive
|Skate Features||CCM Jetspeed FT4 Ratings|
|Time to Break-In||9/10|
While I’d argue Bauer has done a great job to just edge out CCM as the leading hockey equipment provider in the world, when it comes to the best skates for high arches—CCM wins.
CCM does not disappoint with their Jetspeed FT4 Pro Skates.
Besides being our top pick for high arches, these skates are just some of the best on the market.
These elite skates feature a single piece boot which allows for a ton of energy transfer. This means you’ll easily be able to move in these skates—allowing you to generate a ton of speed with great strides.
Plus, the boot on the FT4s is thin and tapered which is great if your feet are a bit more narrow and you have high arches.
These top of the line skates are super comfortable. The natural arch support gives you maximum power with each push without giving you any foot pain.
They feel really good right out of the box with little break-in time necessary.
The Metatomic tongue also prevents ankle (lace) bite, while still providing you with impressive mobility on the ice.
Plus, the TotalDri Liner keeps your feet nice and dry during games.
The biggest downside is that these skates aren’t the best for wide feet. So, if you have high arches and pretty wide feet, then you’ll want to check out the Bauer Supreme Ultrasonics (Fit 3) paired with Superfeet Carbon Pro Hockey Insoles (Read on in this article for more detail about both of those).
Plus, these skates aren’t cheap by any means. They’re a top-tier skate coming in at about a grand. But, if you’ve got high arches (and narrow-mid feet), then these are the best options available.
Runner Up: Bauer Supreme Ultrasonic (Fit 3)
Bauer’s Supreme lineup is crafted with maximum power transfer and straight line speed in mind. They’re great for players who have a mid to high arch.
In time’s past, the Nexus line was the best possible choice for players with high arches. However, the Nexus line is being phased out.
Now, you can get a Nexus-like feel of a skate in the Supremes as a Fit 3 sizing option.
The Supreme Ultrasonics in Fit 3 are our top choice for players with high arches and wide feet.
- Best high arch skate for wide feet
- Extremely comfortable skate
- Very lightweight
- Not super affordable
- Some concerns about durability
|Skate Features||Bauer Supreme Ultrasonic Ratings|
|Time to Break-In||8/10|
If you have high arches and wide feet, then you may have just found your match.
The Bauer Supreme UltraSonic skates are both agile and dynamic.
They’re super comfortable and powerful—perfect for any competitive hockey.
The Ultrasonic boot is nice and stiff in the lower portion, providing you a ton of energy transfer in each stride. Plus, they offer impressive acceleration—perfect for stopping and starting.
They also boast incredible mobility and flexibility. Despite being very stiff in the lower part of the boot to provide a ton of power, they allow you to be very mobile on the ice. They feature a Reflex Tendon Guard, Reflex Pro Tongue, and Flex Facing tech that optimize your mobility.
The biggest downside to these skates is that they’re very expensive. As a top-tier skate, they’ll cost you about a grand.
The truth is, hockey skates are the single biggest cost when you’re buying equipment. It’s the one item that I wouldn’t skimp on when it comes to picking the right gear.
However, if you just can’t afford dropping a ton of money, then thankfully there are other options that are still really good.
If you love the Bauer series, and you have high arches and wide feet overall, then the Supreme Ultrasonics (with Fit 3) are a solid choice.
Maybe you don’t want to drop a thousand dollars on skates. That’s totally okay. The Bauer Supreme series skates will all come in a similar size and shape (despite ranging in entry level, mid, and top-tier skates).
Just pick any Supreme skate (whether entry level or mid-tier) with a Fit 3. That will allow you to get a skate for high arches while still being affordable.
Best Budget: CCM Jetspeed FT475
The CCM Jetspeed FT475s are our favorite budget pick for high-arch skates.
If you have high arches but aren’t willing to fork out $500-$1000 on skates, then these might be your best pick.
- High Performance skate despite being entry-mid level
- Very comfortable
- Great for high arches
- Quick release XS Runners
- Not the most durable skates (but still decent for the price-point)
|Skate Features||CCM Jetspeed FT475 Ratings|
|Time to Break-In||7.5/10|
CCM has crafted an excellent skate in their CCM Jetspeed FT475.
From the core, this entry-mid tier Jetspeed model comes with an impressive Metaframe One piece boot.
This Metaframe boot is amazing for the price you pay for the skates.
The Jetspeed’s one piece boot is made from less materials than other similarly priced skates. This means two things: it’s much lighter allowing you to be quicker on the ice. And—the one piece allows for a more connected feel between your foot and the ice.
The tongue is a nice XS 7mm tongue for extra protection from pucks and slashes. This is a replaceable tongue so you can upgrade it to customize the skate even more (additional price).
While the CCM Jetspeed FT475s aren’t among the best skates on the market—they’re top of their class as an entry-mid range skate.
They’re one of the best affordable hockey skate choices if you have high arches.
Best Hockey Skate Insoles for High Arches
High arches are no joke—and picking skates that don’t accommodate higher arches can be a real pain in the butt… and the feet.
However, one of the biggest misconceptions about solving the problem that high arches causes in hockey is that the right skate is the ultimate solution.
But, this isn’t 100% true.
While a really good skate will help your high arches out a lot—there’s something else you should use if you really want to remove the pain and discomfort from playing with high arches.
The solution is the right insole.
Time and time again, hockey players with high arches who have tried Superfeet insoles in their skates have come out with very little (or even no) pain.
Here are two Superfeet insole choices (best overall and best budget).
I would highly recommend picking up one of these (whichever you can afford) no matter what skates you buy. Using a great insole like the Superfeet is arguably just as important as picking a good pair of skates:
Best Overall: Superfeet Carbon Pro Hockey Insole
Runner Up: Superfeet Hockey Comfort Skate Insole
Here’s a quick video overview of the Superfeet Hockey Comfort Skate Insoles:
Wondering what the most comfortable hockey skates for beginners are in 2023? Then you’ll definitely want to check out this article I wrote here.