If there’s one thing that every beginner has in common, it’s a fast learning curve and this is especially true for beginners on roller skates. The first month on speed skates will either make you or break you but you will learn more during this time than in the near future. Beginner skaters are like sponges and the first couple months are when newbies soak up all the fundamentals that lay the foundation. From balance, confidence, stopping to starting and everything in between learning to speed skate starts with choosing the right pair of roller skates!
Let’s first define what a speed skate is, shall we?
Speed skates are among one of the most popular design styles of roller skates and they are meant to go fast. Speed skates feature low cut boots that fit your feet similar to tennis shoes and this low cut design helps you cut corners and maintain agility. As a result of the freedom they provide, these skates are very popular for jam (dance) skating and of course, speed skating. They also feature speed style wheels and bearing which enable skaters to skate faster and longer.
Ask yourself these 5 questions and you will be well prepared to make a decision about which speed skates are best for you!
1. Do you like using velcro straps?
Let’s lay out the pros and cons of velcro straps:
+ Help you achieve a custom snug fit
+ Very simple to use!
+ Velcro straps can quickly be adjusted on the go
+ Prevent laces from untying
- Velcro straps collect dirt and debris
- May stretch over time and prohibit you from keeping a snug fit
- The comfort of your skates will be affected if the velcro strap were to break off
If you are buying beginner speed skates for someone who uses velcro straps on their tennis shoes, we reckon they will easily adapt to this style. The pros of velcro straps outweigh the cons and it really comes down to personal taste.
2. Will you be using your speed skates for roller derby?
Search for a pair of speed skates that match your derby team colors. You also want to be sure you buy speed skates with adjustable toe stops to become accustomed to the distance between the toe stop and the track. Roller derby is most often played indoor so look for skates with indoor wheels.