Are you getting started roller skating for the first time? Maybe you’ve caught on to the skating trends on TikTok or YouTube and thought to yourself that you’d like to give it a go! Maybe you’re coming back to roller skating again after decades away from a rink, or helping your child learn how to skate and want to skate along with them. You could just want to get some extra exercise while avoiding the gym!
Reasons to Start Skating
No matter what category you fall into, you’re going to need a good pair of skates to get started roller skating. Yet, how do you know where to start? There’s so much information on the web, but how do you decipher all of it? At Rainbow Rink, we’re on a mission to get more people out on the rink! This blog post will help you find the best roller skates for beginners.
Beginner Skate Basics
A good beginner skate is comfortable, doesn’t leave you dealing with blisters, and has plenty of ankle support to keep you stable while you learn the basics. Look for a boot with plenty of padding and laces that go to the top of the boot for extra ankle stability. And don’t go for the most complicated, high-maintenance skates on the market for your first pair. Starting simple and choosing a skate that is ready-to-roll will help you stay motivated to keep practicing and not give up when the going gets tough!
Another major consideration when choosing your first pair of skates is location, location, location! Indoor rinks require different wheel hardness than outdoor surfaces like pavement or asphalt. Think about where you’re going to be doing most of your skating, and remember that most rinks won’t allow outdoor skates to be used on their indoor rink in order to avoid bringing in rocks and debris on the wheels that can damage the floor.
Your skate size is usually the same as your shoe size – snug but not pinching, and not so big that you’re tripping over your own feet. Balancing on skates can be a challenge at the beginning, so don’t complicate the process with the wrong size boot!
We hope this helps you get started on your roller skating journey! We can’t wait to see you out skating at Rainbow Rink!