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You’ll be on a roll with a pair of roller skates purchased from this category! Our fantastic selection of great skates has something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a pair of beginner roller skates, roller skates for kids or classic quad skates to go roller discoing, you’ll find them here!Read more about Roller Skates >
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About Roller Skates
Roller skates were first invented all the way back in 1735, but it would be over one hundred years before their popularity truly surged. During the ‘rinkomania’ craze of the 1850s and 1860s, roller skating became a huge pastime, exercise routine and opportunity for dating. While rinkomania met its end by the turn of the century, thanks to the roller disco craze in the 1970s and 1980s, this kind of iconic wheeled footwear was resurrected.
The design of roller skates (also called quad skates) hasn’t changed much since the 19th Century. They may be old fashioned, but they’re still just as fun to ride on. A classic quad skate has four wheels for you to balance on, giving them a lot of side to side stability. As many people find them easy to balance on, quads are a popular choice of roller skates for kids and absolute beginners.
Roller skate boot design
In this category you’ll need to pick between soft boots and hard boots. This isn’t just an aesthetic choice, as it affects how the skate feels on your feet. Hard boots are the best for beginners. These roller skates look like large walking boots or work boots, with an adjustable plastic support keeping your feet steady. Because you strap into these boots they offer much more ankle support than soft booted skates. If you’re looking for roller skates for kids, picking up a pair of hard boot roller skates is your best bet.
On the other hand, if you’re an experienced skater and confident that you can avoid twisting your ankle, soft boot skates are generally more comfortable than hard booted ones, and certainly more stylish, with lots of colours and designs to choose from - some are even designed to resemble regular wheeless shoes.
Hard wheels or soft
Another big divide within the roller skating world is whether hard wheels or soft wheels are superior. The hardness of skates wheels are determined by the durometer rating, which is measured from 0-100A. The higher the number the harder the wheel.
In terms of ease, wheels are the reverse of boots in that soft wheels are usually the best choice for beginners. This is because they’re much better at gripping surfaces than hard wheels, and they will absorb shocks from pedals and bumpy roads. Without a doubt these are the best wheels for outdoor roller skates.
Hard skate wheels are for skaters who want to go as fast as possible. You can reach greater top speeds with hard wheels than you can with soft wheels, and the acceleration is faster too. Experience is recommended to use this kind of roller skate though, and they’re best for indoor skating - you shouldn’t use them for outdoor roller skates.