These be my new skates! They're pretty basic, good beginner skates. They were recommended to me by my buddies, Rhiannon who's also just starting out has the same pair. They're Riedell R3s, nice n' comfy and snug, with Radar Flat Our wheels which are good and wide/grippy, good for balance and for like not slipping, haha. I have yet to get the chance to actually skate on them, it's the dead of winter so going outside is a big NOPE, and because of recent snow storms here driving to the roller rink is also a NOPE. So I've kinda been hobbling around in them to get my feet used to them and stuff. I'm so excited to actually get to use them. Don't worry, I also got all the padding I'll need (safety first, people!) as well as some pretty purple outdoor wheels for when I find some good open lots to practice in! There's lots of those on this island.
They're super soft and "sticky" so I can skate on freakin' boulders with these wheels. I'm watching a ton of youtube videos and reading a lot of articles on derby gear, what kind of wheels are for what, how to maintain skates, and all that kind of stuff. The Gotham Girls in NYC have a bootcamp training, but I missed sign up by a DAY. So I signed up for their mailing list so I'll know right away when the next one is. For now I can practice on my own and watch lots of videos on skating. In the meantime, I wasn't lying when I said I really am just wearing them around the house. I couldn't help but do some GPOY skate shots.
It looks so funny wearing skates in my usual backdrop, on a carpet. Picture that, me hobbling back and forth in my room to a tripod in skates, haha. I love to accessorize, I can't help it, and to me, roller skates are the coolest accessory a girl can own. While learning to play derby and joining a league and making derby friends and being a part of a team is the main goal here, I can't help but drool about all the cool stuff I can buy to make my skates all pretty and all the sweet hot pants and knee socks I'll get to wear. Soon I wanna buy these pretty mint green toe stops, too! I have barely starting and I'm already having fun just thinking and learning about my new hobby here. I'm pumped!