Before you make it to the track it's important to make sure you have the correct gear. Safety first! It’s incredibly important to have a full set of protective equipment in good condition. Skaters fall A LOT, and it’s crucial that we be able to do it safely. Don't worry, we will teach you how to fall!
Buy quad skates with adjustable & rubber toe stops. Measure your skater's feet and compare them to the appropriate sizing chart(s). Each brand has their own sizing chart so be sure to refer to it for the correct size. Devaskation has a really great comprehensive page to help with this.
Skates should be snug but not cut off your circulation. Your should be able to wiggle your toes but your feet should not slide. Sliding = friction which causes blisters - Ouch!
If you have the correct size but are noticing some discomfort, try a different lace technique.
Riedell (R3, Dart) Jackson (Rave, VIP), Bont and Atom (Luigino Q4)