So: you’re ready to buy your very first pair of roller skates. You’re dying to get out of those rink rentals and have bookmarked a million skate reviews. You’ve researched yourself silly and it feels like the more you read, the less you know.
Where do you even begin?
A question we get all the time is what are the best roller skates for beginners? Rest assured, this isn’t an easy question. To help you with your first skate purchase, Planet Roller Skate has put together the most comprehensive skate guide of 2019. Indy has aggregated *tons* of information from skater’s comments and feedback to steer you towards the best skate for your style and budget. Whether you’re looking for derby skates or just want to cruise the boardwalk in some classic high-tops (or don’t even know what kind of skate you’re looking for!) we’re here to get you rolling.
These are our favorite recommendations from new and experienced skaters alike so that you can make the most informed purchase :-D
(Look for the "" symbol for our favorite *vegan* skates!)
Starting off with our most popular quad skate, we’ve got the Moxi Lolly. Not only is the Lolly a fan favorite, this is the OG recreational skate that repopularized outdoor roller skating. Offered in a delicious assortment of colors like Honeydew, Clementine, and Pineapple, the Lollies are super cute, super comfy, and a GREAT first roller skate. The stock Lolly package comes equipped with the Moxi Classic (a.k.a. “Gummy”) wheels which are perfect for outdoor cruising. Bonus points for being made in the USA!
Price: $299 USD
Sizes: US Men’s 4-10 (available in half sizes for a small upgrade fee.)
Colors: Strawberry (pink), Floss (mint), Pool Blue (blue), Poppy (red), Taffy (purple), Pineapple (yellow), Fuchsia, Clementine (orange), and Honeydew (pale green).
Wheels: Soft/ outdoor 78a hardness/durometer
Pro Tip: The Lollies are one of the most sought after boots on the market! You’ll need to join a waitlist to insure the availability of your preferred color/size. Watch Indy’s Lolly review to learn why these babies are worth the wait : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WatJg035f3c
The Moxi Beach Bunny offers new skaters that signature Moxi flare without breaking the bank. Its firm vinyl boot provides extra ankle support makes this skate the #1 choice for new park, street, and rec skaters alike. Finished with a custom printed moisture-wicking Dri-Lex™ interior and contrasting sparkle laces, there’s no doubt that this Moxi boot holds its own in the Moxi line.
Price: $149 USD
Sizes: US Men’s 1-10
Material: Drum-Dyed Vinyl / VEGAN!
Colors: Blue Sky, Peach Blanket, and Periwinkle Sunset
Wheels: Soft/outdoor 78A hardness/durometer
Pro Tip: Add on Moxi Classic wheels to your order--the hubless BB wheels have been known to slow your roll!
Check out Indy’s Beach Bunny Unboxing video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0ewQQ5R9ik
The Impalas are the perfect combination of aesthetic, quality, and affordability and are by far the coolest skate on a budget! We love that this package comes ready to roll with an aluminum plate and soft outdoor wheels. While the stock wheels are decent they’re definitely worth upgrading after you get more comfortable on your skates.
Check in with your local retailer about the sizes/colors that are available--these skates are so hot they don’t stay on the shelves for long.
Price: $95-$100 USD
Sizes: US Women’s 1-14 (depending on colorway)
Materials: Vinyl / VEGAN!
Colors: Black, Aqua, White, Purple, Holographic, Leopard Print, and Pink!
Wheels: Soft/outdoor 82A
Pro Tip: The Impalas are a narrow boot! While they’ll break in after some skate time they’re not ideal for super wide feet.
Without a doubt the most photogenic skate on this list. These skates were designed with aesthetic as the main attraction but for what you’re sacrificing in comfort you’re making up in sparkle!
Price: $169 USD
Sizes: Blue, Pink, Gold 3-9. Black US Men’s 4-11
Material: Glitter vinyl
Colors: Pink sparkle, blue sparkle, gold sparkle, and black sparkle.
Pigeon’s choice for a wide-foot skate! A lot of entry level skates can be uncomfortably narrow but The Sure-Grip Fame skates are *super* comfy for anyone needing a wider boot. The Sure-Grip Fame boot offers a rolled collar (+100 comfy points), padded tongue, and overall solid support without being too stiff. The best thing about this package? This skate is almost always in stock and Sure-Grip is super quick to ship. AND they’re Vegan!
Sizes: Jr 9 - US Men’s 14
Material: Vinyl / VEGAN
Colors: Black and white
Pro Tip: The Fame package has a short wheel base. What does that mean? This is a great plate for dance skating! The shorter wheelbase is extremely responsive which may feel a little squirrely if you’re trying to skate ramps or plan on long-distance skating.
Wanna know more? Check out Pigeon and Indy’s Sure-Grip review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4ieCcip_9c
Our most popular kids skate! The Crazy Skates Disco will make you feel fabulous with glitter wheels, glitter rainbow laces and glitter toe stops. Probably the most epic part of this skate is the colorful LED star inlaid into the boot. And for those adults who want to roll with a little more flash and glamor, the Disco Skate is available up to a US Men’s 8.5/ Women’s 9.5!
Price: $99 USD
Sizes: US Men’s 2-8.5
Material: Vinyl / VEGAN
Wheels: Soft/outdoor 58x32mm Glitter Urethane Wheels
Looking for a colorful suede boot but don’t have the $$ for a big brand name? Roll out with a Sure-Grip Boardwalk skate. This all suede boot is cute, comfortable, and reliable for anyone just beginning their roller skating adventures.
Price: $179 USD
Sizes: US Men’s 4-10
Colors: Red, purple, pink, and teal
Wheels: Soft/Outdoor 78A
The Chaya Melrose is one of our most underrated skate options. They are super accessible to both international and US based skaters, come in a wide variety of colors, and are crazy comfortable. And to top it off: fast shipping!
Sizes: US Women’s 5-11
Material: Vinyl / VEGAN
Colors: Black, turquoise, purple, peach, sea foam, lavender, and white.
For $99 dollars it doesn’t get much better than this! The quality of the Candi Girl’s stock parts makes this one of the best roller skates for newbies. The Candi Girl has a fast, reactive metal plate, actual urethane wheels, and a quality leather boot. The boot is firm yet comfortable but if you’ve got a wider foot you’re definitely going to need some break in time with these.
Price: $99 USD
Sizes: US Women’s 3-11
Colors: Periwinkle, sea foam, and pink berry.
Pro Tip: The toe stop will work but definitely worth an upgrade!
Check out Indy’s Candi Girl review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-O28NTvjSjc&t=495s