|Jay said most what I could say. I assume you want to get into ramp/bowl skating? The ideal vert skate doesnt work well in a rink, but for starters any decent recreational speed skate will do. Think roller derby skate. I would start with that and get the suregrip trucks so you can put wide trucks later if you dont want to invest much money into it yet or are unsure of this. For rollerskating wheels, I liked the aerobics the best. You want speed wheels for indoors if you go to the rink. Eventually you will want to get skateboard wheels and trucks. But if you have narrow feet, the carerras are good. Ankle support isnt needed with rollerskates but some people prefer higher cut boots. High heeled boots dont work well though but the Europeans seem to prefer the hockey type of boot. Besides that, the MOST important thing is to get protective gear. This IS dangerous! And we want to keep any future rollerskaters here and healthy. ;-D!
And ask any question no matter how trivial. Dont worry, I started not that long ago and started not being able to do anything. But please get pads, knees, elbows, wrist (not protec type!) and helmet. Welcome to the forum!!!!
: : Hi, I've just rediscovered roller skating (something I hadn't done since I was twelve!) and want to buy myself a pair of quad skates but I have no idea what to look for in a skate. For instance, are skates that look like shoes instead of boots (meaning, they don't go up the ankles) harder on the ankles? If I buy outdoor skates, will I be able to use them once in a while in a roller rink too? Are there any cheaper brands that people recommend (I really can't afford to get fancy)? I would hugely appreciate any input about buying skates that anyone wants to share.
: : thank you thank you thank you!
: Hey Loofa.
: Welcome to the Forum AND Vertical Rollerskating. :) Where do you live?
: If you're totally new to park skating & don't have skates I'd suggest you just get decent skates that are comfortable for you. Skates.com has alot. If you want REAL Vert Skates, check out Gambin in the archives, he makes killer custom vert skates. As to high or low cut boots, that's really just a matter of preference. I was an old speed skater before skating pools, so I like ankle speed boots. But that doesn't make them better. If you skate awhile & find your skates lacking you can always upgrade. I skated stock speed skates in the parks for over a decade before finally getting "real" Vert skates just this year!
: Most important thing to have is PADS!! Knee Pads, Wrist Guards & Helmet are a Neccessity.
: Hope you find the Forum (& all of us) a useful resource. All kinds of Great videos & pictures in the Archives from EVERYBODY, avail yourself of them.
: PEACE & Keep Rollin on 8.