Advice by Sport
Everyone can learn to skate – you just need the right gear. I often noticed that some of my students were failing to make any progress and kept falling over. I eventually realised that this was because the parents did not know how to choose roller skates for kids. Therefore they were wearing poor quality skates that were too loose around the legs or had wheels which didn’t turn properly. As a result, some of them lost interest and stopped coming to classes.
Must be sturdy, impact-resistant, comfortable and not susceptible to damage.
Should be made from a thick, breathable and flexible material. Usually either integrated or removable.
Most important is that the skates are in contact with your feet! Common fastening methods include a buckle, hook-and-loop fasteners and laces.
Runs along the bottom of the shoe, usually made from plastic or aluminium alloy. Plastic is more lightweight but less sturdy than aluminium.
Made from polyurethane, vary in terms of hardness, size and elasticity.
Available in different standards from ABEC 1 to ABEC7. Bearings with a higher standard spin faster.