If you love to skate, it just makes sense to buy your own skates at some point. But with so many options these days, deciding what type of skate to buy can be a bit challenging! Fortunately you’ve come to the right place. Learn which type of roller skate is best for you from our friendly pro shop at Rainbow Roller Rink in North Tonawanda, NY.
Quads or Inlines?
The first question you need to answer for yourself is whether you want quad (classic skate style with 4 wheels set 2 side-by-side in the front and back) or inline skates (aka “rollerblades”) in which 4 wheels are set in a line, making them more similar to an ice skate. If you’re new to skating, you may find quads easier to learn on, but if your heart is set on inlines, don’t be afraid to choose those! Ultimately, whether to choose quad or inline skates is up to you and you’re sure to have fun with your new skates no matter what.
What type of skating are you planning to do?
Another important factor when choosing roller skates is how you’ll be using them. If you plan to mostly skate outdoors or want to participate in roller hockey or speed skating, you might want to go with inline skates. If you want to participate in roller derby or jam skating, you should choose quad skates.
What style of boot is right for you?
If you decide to go with quad skates, your next decision will be whether to opt for a high top or low top boot. A high top gives more ankle stability, which is especially important if you’re interested in artistic skating. However, the most popular skates right now seem to be low top skates. These skates provide more maneuverability and many people like that they feel more like a sneaker. They are also the standard if you plan to jam skate or play roller derby.
No matter what type of skates you choose, we hope you’ll come visit us at Rainbow Roller Rink for good times, good music, and good skating! Check out our skate catalogs – Riedell and Southeast Skate – and give us a call at 716-693-1100 to place your order.