I can provide a general guide for shoe sizes when choosing skateboards, but deck width should be based around your riding style, size, and personal preference: (dimension is the width of the deck)
So, first with the style:
7.5"-8"___standard deck for adult riders skating streets or doing more technical tricks
8.0"-8.25"___skating pools, ramps, and parks
8.25" and larger___vert, pools, cruising or 'old school' riding
Next by size:
Age 13 & older, taller than 5'3", shoe size 09.0 and bigger__use a Full Size deck, 7.5" & larger
Age 9-12yrs old, between 4'5"-5'2" tall, shoe size 7-8__use a Mid Size deck, 7.3"
Age 6-8 yrs old, between 3'5"-4'4", shoe size 4-6__use a Mini deck, 7.0"
Age 5yrs & younger, under 3'4", shoe size 3 and smaller__use a Micro deck, 6.5" to 4.75"
Personal preference: Concave
There are three types of concave, or 'dip', 'bowl', however you see it, to the deck___
Mellow....offers a more flat deck for flat-footed style skating (Baker, Flip, Zero)
Medium...a bit deeper 'bowl' than the mellow, yet not as deep as a steep concave (Girl, Chocolate, Alien Workshop, Almost)
Steep...edges of deck are turned up quite a bit so feet can really grip deck (Black Label, Element, Anti-Hero)
Please keep in mind I just threw some brands out there that seem to generalize in one concave, yet there are always exceptions.
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