Do you want to take up roller skating, but you don't know where to start? We got you! 

Roller skating is so fun, it keeps you healthy, and can be an inexpensive way to get around and explore your community. Here are a few things to keep in mind before you start roller skating:

  • What type of skating do you want to do? There are many different types of roller skating, such as recreational skating, artistic skating, speed skating, and roller derby. Each type of skating has its own unique skills and equipment requirements.

  • What is your budget? Roller skates can range in price from around £50 to £800, so it's important to find a pair that fits your needs and budget

  • Where will you be skating? If you'll be skating outdoors, you'll need a pair of skates that have outdoor wheels (soft wheel) on for a more comfortable ride. If you'll be skating indoors, you can get away with a pair that have a hybrid wheel on, so in between soft and hard

  • What is your skill level? If you're a beginner, you'll want to start with a pair of skates that are easy to control. As you become more experienced, you can move on to more challenging skates

Once you've considered these factors, you're ready to start shopping for roller skates! Here are a few tips for finding the perfect pair:

  • Try on several different pairs of skates to find a pair that fits well and is comfortable to wear

  • Decide whether you prefer boots with a heel or flat - one thing to bear in mind is that boots with a heel bring your weight forward which can prevent you from putting your weight into your heels and falling backwards

  • Make sure the skates are the right size for you. You should be able to brush the front of the boot with your big toe, and your heel should not slip out of the back of the boot

  • They shouldn’t feel loose like trainers, they should feel nice and snug

  • Choose a pair of skates that are made from durable materials.

  • Look for a pair of skates that have good ankle/heel support

Once you've found the perfect pair of skates, it's time to hit the road/rink! Here are a few tips for safe roller skating:

  • We recommend wearing a helmet and other protective gear, such as knee pads, elbow pads, and wrist guards when starting out. 

  • Once your competent you can make a decision on how much protective equipment you need based on your skating level

  • Start slowly and gradually increase your speed as you become more comfortable

  • Be aware of your surroundings and avoid obstacles

  • Use caution when skating on uneven surfaces

  • Stop and rest if you feel tired or dizzy

Now go and have fun on roller skates - we highly recommend it! If you have any questions after reading our blog hit us up at or visit us in our Manchester store and we’d be more than happy to chat to you about your options.