Roller Skates we LOVE and Recommend
Are you ready for a new pair of roller skates?
Whether you are just starting out on your roller skating journey, or you are a seasoned skater looking for a pair of recreational skates, we understand that is easy to become overwhelmed by all the options available! Unless you know what to look for, it is easy to fall into the trap of buying a pair of skates that aren’t suited to your purpose or skate style, and as you develop your knowledge and skating style, before long you might end up wanting another pair that are a better fit for you. We see it all the time!
While the cost and aesthetic appeal of your new skates will definitely play a part in your decision-making, these factors aren’t as important as functionality, quality and durability!
To help you on your way we have put together a handy guide that outlines what you should be looking for in a pair of recreational roller skates, along with some of the features of our favourite products, so you can be rolling into a RollerFit class or along your local esplanade with comfort and style in no time.
What to look for when buying roller skates?
The most important thing to look for when buying your new roller skates is quality! Chances are you will be using your skates a lot, and you need a pair that are going to last. For maximum comfort and performance, when you try on skates make sure you can’t lift your heel inside the boot, or slide your foot around inside the skate. You want a nice and snug fit.
In terms of hardware, you should look for skates that have:
- an adjustable toe stop (not the bolt in type that comes on the cheapest skates on the market). However if bolt on is all you can afford right now we recommend checking out the Chaya Melrose Range
- good bearings (give the wheels a spin and see how long they keep spinning for. The longer the better!)
- quality wheels (look for a good urethane compound over hard plastic)
When it comes to roller skates, the brand name counts! Certain brands work extremely hard to design and manufacture products specifically suited to the various roller skating disciplines. Usually this is reflected in the price tag of the skates, and while they aren’t the cheapest, they will last longer than the lowest priced options on the market.
The best companies are run by those with a passion for skating, and have the best interest of the roller skating community at heart. We understand that in some sports, brand names are less important, but when it comes to skating, the brands that are most prevalent have earned their reputation based on high quality products and services. Up and coming brands that really care about skaters and skating are able to gain traction in the market by building a good reputation.
With this in mind, here are a few of the skates that we love and recommend for recreational roller skating and RollerFit classes in Australia: We would like to note that this is not an extensive list and only what we have available down under.
Moxi roller skates are a leader in the roller skating market and are designed by roller skaters for roller skaters. Moxi skates are made in the USA, and are the brainchild of the vibrant skating veteran Estro Jen. You can read more about the Moxi ethos here. We love Moxi roller skates for their durability, comfort and colourful look! We have a range of Moxi skates in stock to try on, so that you can feel their unique features first hand.
The Rainbow Rider is Moxi’s newest entry level roller skate that is made with beginners in mind. It is an excellent skate to learn in with an adjustable toe stop and aluminium alloy plate (but Moxi have advised that it isn’t suitable for skateparks). This skate has a much wider toe box than other Moxi offerings which is great for those with wide feet. This is one of the funkiest and most colourful options available and comes in a base colour of black, pink, or yellow with rainbow design. Sizing wise is 1-2 sizes down from your shoe size.
RRP: $275 AUD
The Moxi Beach Bunny and Jungle skates are another great beginner vinyl skate that come in a variety of colours. They also have an adjustable toe-stop, and an intermediate level plate that will grow with you as you improve your skating skills. These skates are a bit narrower than the Rainbow Rider for those who don’t need as much width or space in the toe box. We recommend skating 1 size down from your regular shoe size.
Somewhere between the Jungle and the Lolly the Moxi Panther is a great skate for beginners that would prefer a upper suede boot. It is rumoured to be a cousin of the Jungle Leopard / Beach Bunny as it carries some similarities. Unlike the lolly the panther has a more supportive boot, however is not made in the USA like the Lolly. Specs include Moxi Black Suede, Leopard Print Moxi Dri-Lex™ lining, Marvel aluminum plate , 58mm 78A, wheels, adjustable toe stop. We recommend skating 1 size down from your regular shoe size.
The Moxi Lolly skate is made in the USA and each skate is individually hand stitched. These high quality skates are long lasting, and are made for comfort. We have seen many skaters that are still wearing the Lolly’s they purchased when Moxi was established. These premium skates come ready to roll with a superior flexible boot, a quality plate, as well as great outdoor wheels and bearings. This is an excellent skate but as it is soft, it doesn’t offer a great deal of ankle support, making the Jack a preferred Moxi skate if you plan to park skate in addition to your RollerFit skating.
The Moxi Jack boot is extremely popular due to its unique fit, high durability, and extreme versatility. For the more serious skater, the Jack is a harder, more supportive boot with a very heavy duty toe, and is great for recreational skating, dance and ramp skating. You can order custom colour which takes extra time usually between 12-14 weeks to Australia. Also hand stitched in the USA, it can be paired with a plate of your choice for a premium setup.
RRP: Varies depending on plate and hardware. send Stacey@rollerfit.com.au for all custom orders.
Chuffed Skates are the new kids on the roller skating block and launched in 2020 with much excitement from the local skate community. This is another skater owned company, founded by Oz skater Sam Trayhurn (aka Marmalade Slam). The company aims to deliver high quality skates to rival US based companies, while keeping prices affordable for the Australian market.
Chuffed offer two skate options: the Wanderer and the Crew Collection. The boot and hardware are the same on both options, but the Crew Collection skates are designed alongside members of the Chuffed Crew. The Crew member gets paid a royalty and chooses a not-for-profit to receive $10 for each set sold. Chuffed Skates are made from a suede upper, have an aluminium alloy plate, high quality toe stop, 82a hybrid polyurethane wheels and a padded lining. They are more supportive than the Moxi Lolly but not quite as firm as the Moxi Jack, and are very comfortable. They are a great beginner to intermediate skate suitable for all styles. We recommend sizing 1-2 sizes down from your regular shoe size.
Suregrip are another USA based company with a long history of supporting the roller skating industry and providing exceptional quality and service across their range.
The Suregrip FAME is a perfect skate for beginners. It is more affordable then suede options, comes with very comfortable padding, an adjustable toe-stop and has a low profile that is great for learning. We use this model for our rental roller skates, and some sets are still going strong after 7 years of use!
Some other options
While we most often recommend the above to our skaters, there are a couple of other options with notable features and a good price tag that you might like to consider.
The Riedell R3 is an entry level outdoor skate that is best suited to those who like a low ankle boot, similar to many roller derby boots, and is best for skating outdoors or for beginner derby. These are very comfortable, and durable, however are not as responsive for dance or RollerFit as some of the other choices.
The Edea Opera skates are made in Italy and are a great alternative to the Moxi or Suregrip Fame for those who would prefer a harder Artistic style boot to focus on RollerFit, or dance in their recreational skating.
Our team at RollerFit love to share the joy of roller skating, and as we are all skaters ourselves, we have the knowledge to talk you through the options and make sure you get the right skate for you.
Whatever skates you choose, we hope to see you rolling at one of our RollerFit classes or out and about soon!