Best roller skates for beginners and experienced skaters
If you haven’t yet seen rollerblading star and viral sensation Oumi Janta effortlessly make their way through a Berlin skatepark, well, to be honest, you’re missing out.
Janta walks on the moon, pirouettes and dances with an elegance and ease that will make anyone want to add a pair of stylish skates to the basket and head straight to the nearest park.
While this might not be as transparent as it looks, it’s no surprise that alongside a whole slew of other Tik Tokers and Instagrammers there has been a huge increase in roller skating.
Although the sport dates back to 1735, it was not until the 1970s that it gained widespread attention, associating with disco. Discos and roller skating rinks have become the place to go out, especially in the United States.
During the lockdown, we saw a return to healthier activities: puzzles and baking banana bread. The same goes for roller skating. Part of this could be due to the demand for alternative modes of transportation where we looked for bicycles, scooters or other wheeled modes in order to maintain social distancing and avoid crowds.
Roller skating is also an awesome aerobic workout that uses just about every muscle in the body, especially the heart. It puts less strain on the body than running but still works your glutes, quads, abs, calves, and arms, burning around 600 calories per hour.
There are some similarities to skiing in terms of the plow position, but the key is to bend your knees to maintain your balance and keep you in control. Beginners can opt for knee and elbow pads.
Grab your headband and retro printed lycra and get ready to hit the sidewalks, Venice Beach style.
Impala Sidewalk Skates Quad Roller Skates
With a retro-inspired design, these skates will stand out on the sidewalk. They have a four wheel construction each measuring 58mm and a growing leopard print pattern. Made of PVC, they are vegan. There is also a psychedelic pastel fade pattern as well as an aqua and white shade.
Quad Roller Derby Firestar V2 roller skates
For all the thrill of the 70s, look no further than Roller Derby and those white and teal skates. The quad model has 54 x 28mm wheels as well as a heel stabilizer, ankle strap and comfortable padding. They are embellished with a glittery pattern.
SFR Figure Quad Roller Skates
These professional looking skates give a figure skating vibe, but instead of a blade there are four wheels. The sleek and sophisticated aesthetic is due to the classic white hue which receives a feminine and fun touch with touches of pastel pink. They are ideal for beginners and come with foam padding for added comfort.
Impala Rollerskates Inline Skates
With a nostalgia-inducing design, these skates take us back to our childhood. Instead of a quad design like the ones above, the wheels are inline and therefore may not offer the same level of balance for beginners. For added security, there is a lace-up closure as well as a buckle.
SFR Vision Canvas quad roller skates
These skates might not have the stripes, but the stars give off a classic roller skating aesthetic from our pals across the pond. The American-inspired design is based on a denim-like canvas upper that is both comfortable and subtly assertive.
Quad Rookie Rosa Roller Skates – White
Some of the prettiest skates we’ve seen, this model is adorned with pink embroidery which gives the otherwise minimalist design a touch of intrigue. The quad skates are made from nylon but have been given a padded boot and fleece lined construction for extra comfort.
Stateside Spectra Roller Skates, Red
Designed for beginners, these are some of the most adaptable skates we’ve seen, making them ideal for kids and growing feet. There is the option to adjust the length and width of the skate for a model that will stretch next to them.
Moxi Rainbow Quad Roller Skates – Black
Ready for the Roller Derby, this rainbow embellished skate set found its way onto our gift list. Not only are they bright and fun, but they’re super practical with a tough PVC outsole and adjustable strap.
No Fear Inline Skates
For a no-frills, no-frills pair, this iteration of No Fear might not be as pretty as the others on this list, but it will serve you well throughout your skating exploits. Putting support at the forefront, they are equipped with a trio of quick-lock buckles and an inner liner.
Fit 3 Kids Fitness Skates – Gray / Yellow
Designed for kids and in a range of colourways, these are skates you can count on to alleviate your safety concerns. The boots are equipped with a secure triple binding system, rubber wheels for better grip and brakes. They are also adjustable and will widen as your children’s feet grow.
Quad Rio Roller Milkshake Skates – Mint Berry
We couldn’t resist these lovely pastel options. The mint green, white and berry colourway takes us back to the 70s. While it was the aesthetics that attracted us, the skates also offer superior comfort and support.