We’ve had a lot of questions lately about where to buy skates, and how to choose from the many options available. If you’re finding yourself suddenly obsessed with skating, it can be an important decision! The skates you pick are going to spend a lot of time on your feet so you want to get something that you love without breaking the bank.
I’m going to start off with what not to do, and then give some better options. First off, don’t impulse buy a pair of skates that you saw on instagram that you just knowwwww you’re going to love. If you don’t know a lot about what kind of skating you’re going to be doing, and what your preferences are, you might end up spending money on something that isn’t actually a good fit for you. Not to mention that sizing can vary quite a bit from brand to brand, so it can be difficult to get the right fit without trying something on.
The second common mistake in buying new skates is finding what seems to be an amazing deal at a big box store like Walmart or Dick’s Sporting Goods. There are several brands of “introductory” skates that sell for $40-60 and look like a great way to get wheels on your feet ASAP. Unfortunately, these skates are a perfect example of getting what you pay for, and they can be sketchy if not outright dangerous.
Check out this video from our friend Indy Jamma Jones to see some of the problems with super low end skates. While they might get you through a couple of weeks, it would be a bummer to have a bad experience that sours you on skating, and you’re going to be much better off spending just a few more dollars on a better quality pair of skates. Click here to see a great breakdown of some inexpensive and quality options.
So all that being said—you don’t have to break the bank to get a darn good pair of skates any more, and we are SO fortunate in Colorado to have a few awesome shops that will let you try on different brands and help you decide what the best option for YOU is! You can read reviews online all day, but none of those reviewers have your foot so you’re going to put yourself miles ahead by actually going to a physical skate shop. They can almost always order in colors or sizes if you have your heart set on something that isn’t in stock.
Our recommendations for skate shops are:
Skate Ratz Skate Shop
343 E 4th St, Loveland, CO 80537
Mile Hi Quad Supply
5777 E Evans Ave Suite #101, Denver, CO 80222
Both of these shops are skater owned and operated, so they know what they’re talking about and they’ll pull out all the stops to make sure that you’re happy.
Some things to think about as you shop are:
Do I want a high top or low top style skate? Heel or no heel? What is my price range? What kind of surfaces am I mostly going to be skating on, so I can make sure to get some appropriate wheels? What kind of boot is suitable for the type of foot that I have?
When you get your skates picked out, spend a little bit of time getting familiar with the different pieces of the skate: the boot, plate, trucks, axles, bearings, wheels, and other various moving parts. Another great reason to buy your skates in person: the shop is a great resource to help you learn how to adjust and maintain your new purchase! Out of the box skates often have very tight trucks that can feel unresponsive and make it hard to turn, so be sure to check and make sure that you have the tools and knowledge to adjust those before you roll out.