CHOOSING YOUR SKATES
How you choose your skates will depend on what you'll be using them for. There are four overarching categories within the quad skating family: recreational skating, skatepark skating, dance skating and Derby skating, bearing in mind that these can all be combined and fused: dancing AND skatepark skating, dancing AND recreation skating.
Skating: inside or outdoors?
Derby skating is often practiced indoors, as is dance quad skating. For dancing, all the skates available on Nomadeshop are sold with outdoor wheels, but there's nothing stopping you from buying indoor wheels too. Note that on dancing skates, the inside wheels are generally smaller and harder.
Recreational quad skates
For those of you interested in recreational quad skating, where you'll be hitting the streets and squares every now and then, go for an entry-level skate (€69 to €99) that will offer easy gliding and a comfortable experience.
When it comes to recreational skating, go for a trainer or sneaker style: this is comfier than dancing skates that have a heel similar to figure-skating skates. Brands Rio Roller , Fila and Rookie offer excellent value for money. You can expect a good fairly solid frame, good quality wheels and ABEC 7 bearings (ABEC is the precision ball bearing tolerance grade). The important thing is that the shoe feels right. The best thing to do is try things out, but if you can't make it in to see us, you can order on the nomadeshop.com website and return your item(s) if necessary. In the range just above recreational skates is Chaya Derby Jump or skates customised using your own trainers (make sure not to pick a pair with air cushions in the sole so the screws don't damage them when it comes to assembly).
On dance quad skates you'll find an artistic boot and a slightly raised little heel. This means less comfort as the shoe will be tighter, but much more responsiveness, sensitivity and precision.
In terms of affordable dance skates, Rookie Classique skates tick all the right boxes. They feature aluminium frames, quality wheels and ABEC 7 bearings. In the same range albeit a notch above come the Rio Roller Figure skates. These skates are similar to recreational skates, with a slightly tweaked boot shape for extra comfort and hold. In the high-end category is Chaya Lifistyle Elite with its designs that have different names depending on their colours: Peach & Cream, Grape Soda Violet, Sea Foam Dream. These feature the same basic essentials as with Chaya Derby Jump: fairly large urethane wheels, a composite frame, a fairly chunky Chaya stopper.
Derby skating is a sport in its own right, in which two teams go head to head on an oval-shaped track. Each team is made up of a jammer (with a star on their helmet) and four blockers. To score points, the jammer needs to get past the other team's blockers without falling to the ground or skidding off the track.
If you're interested in roller derby, you'll need skates with inside wheels. Sometimes you'll find 'hybrid' wheels in the Derby skates category: these work both indoors and outdoors. Derby skates are characterised by relatively low-cut boots with short frames. Semi-high boots are best suited to experienced riders.
In terms of derby skates, we have items from the Riedell brand: R2 with outdoor wheels and R4 with indoor wheels, bearing in mind that the premium version comes with protective parts at the toes and a tool. Safe choices in Derby skates include models such as Chaya Ruby, Chaya Sapphyre and JR1200 VANTAGE from Jackson. The advantage of the Jackson Derby skates is that they are suitable for intermediates and beginners alike, because they come pre-assembled, but without the wheels. That means you can buy replacement wheels that are best suited to your level, bearing in mind that these skates cost €129.90.
Quad skating at skateparks
Aggressive skating is generally associated with inline skate styles. But quad skaters often take to skateparks, bowls and ramps, too.
Among the best models for spinning tricks is the full skatepark quad skate AGRESSIVE PRO 4 from Roces, featuring a plastic aggressive skate boot, a frame with a groove (a piece of plastic between the two wheels that allows you to slide, and get grip on rails). You can also hit the skatepark with dancing skates from Chaya: you can even add a groove!
For skaters who already know how to quad skate at a solid level, you're best bet is to go with pre-assembled skates with high quality frames, wheels and shoes (Chaya Derby Jump), or to assemble your own pair. To create a pair of customised quad skates, you'll need to drop into our store and choose your parts (frame, wheels, bearings, screws, brake). You'll need to bring suitable footwear with a smooth, fairly thick sole that's as stiff as possible.
A basic set-up will cost around €130 (shoe not included), with this price rising to up to €400: in some designs, the frames alone will set you back €200.
You'll find all our quad skates and tips online, and at our Paris store: just ask the team. Head over to!