Inline & Roller Skates
Inline & Roller Skates
Choosing the Right Skates & Roller Blades
Skate in style with inline skates and roller blades designed to give you speed while keeping you safe. Choose from a wide selection from the top brands and find adult and girlsí roller skates for your lifestyle.
If youíre thinking of purchasing a new pair of inline skates, itís easy to be overwhelmed by the available choices. Understanding the different types of inline skates can help you choose which pair is best for you:
- Recreational Inline Skates - Also referred to as "fitness skates", recreational skates are for beginning skaters or those that want a greater amount of control or maneuverability. Offering more support with a reinforced cuff, Recreational skates are often the most popular with those interested in casual use for routine enjoyment or exercise.
- Inline Roller Hockey Skates - Similar to the style and construction of ice hockey skates, inline hockey skates are designed for roller hockey. Frequently with leather uppers and lace-up closure systems, these skates have smaller wheels for control and no breaking system.
- Women's Inline Skates - Similar in every way to the menís version, women's inline skates vary in the foot shape and sizing specific to women. While some women may be able to wear menís inline skates, generally skates specifically designed for women should be their first choice.
- Aggressive Inline Skates - Designed to be more maneuverable, stronger and more durable than normal inline skates, aggressive inline skates are used in skating that focuses on stunts and tricks. Featuring reinforced boots, wider bottoms and smaller wheel sizes, aggressive skates are ideal for those interested in street, park or vert skating.
While there are many different tips that can be used when buying inline skates, here are several that you may find helpful:
- Rotate wheels every week to avoid excessive wear & more often for aggressive inline skaters
- Budget safety equipment into your purchase: Kneepads, wrist guards, elbow pads and helmets
- Brands of inline skates have differing size tendencies
The sizing process for any new pair of inline skates can require some research, but it can be easily done. Understand your actual skate size, versus your shoe size (Skates run 1 to 1.5 sizes smaller than your shoe size). Fit should be snug (and support the ankle); this is particularly important for inline hockey skates.
When trying on inline skates:
- Wear the type of socks that you expect to use
- Ensure that your heel is deeply seated in the back of the boot
- Make sure that your toes can wiggle within the toe box