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Have you ever purchased something online only to find out that it doesn’t fit? There’s a reason many companies offer free return shipping – it’s hard to find the right fit. For instance, a pair of skinny jeans may fit tighter than a pair of loose fitting jeans. The same could be said for roller skates, shoes and any other item that you plan to wear.

When you’re buying roller skates, take the time to visit your local roller skating center. You can browse different styles, try on different skates and learn how to properly maintain and service them. Roller skating is their specialty, which means their goal is to ensure that you have a product that fits and looks well while also operating safely and effectively. And if they don’t have it in stock, they can often order it for you.

Your local skating center operators and staff can advise you on the best equipment for your price range and capabilities. They are independently owned and operated businesses, which means it benefits their livelihood to provide you with the best product and service available. They know the minor differences in details that one skate might have from the next, which means they’ll help you and your child find the right skate for your needs and budget.

  • Do they fit your feet to avoid blisters and sores?
  • Do they function properly?
  • What materials are used in the skates?
  • Is the material durable?
  • What features are you supposed to be looking for when buying skates?
  • Who can you go to when you need items replaced or fixed on your skates?

These are just a few questions that you should be asking when purchasing roller skates. Thankfully, your local skating center can help you. In most instances, skates or products purchased at your local roller skating center can be replaced or repaired – their livelihoods depend upon your business. We understand that most families are on a budget and your first instinct might be to just head to a chain store and grab a cheap $50 pair to use.

STOP!

Yes, these skates might be cheap in cost, but they are most likely going to be cheap in materials. Bearings might be stiff, boot material might be poorly made, seams might be stitched incorrectly, bolts might be loose. If you’re putting you or your child on something that rolls, don’t you want to make sure that they’re getting the best and safest available to them? If you don’t know what to look for when shopping, do you really know what you are getting?

Spending money on a new pair of skates that are poorly designed could mean:

  • Money wasted because you’re purchasing them more frequently when parts break.
  • Safety concerns that could lead to you or your child being hurt if the product fails.
  • The skates may be uncomfortable due to a poor design.
  • Skate failures including: toe stops falling out or breaking, cheap laces snapping, boots and soles ripping at the seam, loose bolts, screws or rivets, poor action and lock nuts, wheel nuts too tight, bearings that don’t roll properly.

The bottom line: be smart when purchasing skates. You get what you pay for when buying roller skates. Purchasing from your local skating center means that you have someone who is invested in you and your child’s experience (and bottom line). If you are considering purchasing a pair of roller skates, please visit your local roller skating center. You may be surprised what a great deal you can get (some offer package deals or free roller skating lessons or sessions with your purchase), plus you’ll always have someone specialized in making sure that your skates function, fit and are adjusted properly. Trust your local roller skating center for your roller skating purchases – your business is their business.

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