In pursuit of skates: Brooklyn

After my unsuccessful trip to Virginia Beach, a few friends and I planned a day trip to Brooklyn in the middle of the week to go to a derby skate shop there. Five hours after we left, we arrived at 11am.

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Five Stride Skate Shop. Brooklyn, NY.

The shop is owned by two derby skaters who skate for Gotham: Bonnie Thunders and OMG WTF. Uh, awesomeness.

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The shop was super small, as expected, but filled with all of the goodness you could imagine of an only-derby shop.

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I began the (long) process of getting fitted for my skates, without knowing that my feet were abnormal, and therefore, causing the long fitting. Bonnie had me try on 4-5 different pairs of skates, in different sizes. She carefully laced them, sometimes re-lacing the same skate a different way so it would fit differently. She asked me tons of questions so she could understand how it fit and how I was feeling. She was extremely attentive – and considering we were there for about 3 hours from start to finish, I was impressed. I really can’t say enough good things about my experience here – it made me feel EXTREMELY comfortable, considering the big wad of cash I was about to drop on some leather boots with wheels.

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So, the thought of actually having skates that fit me, that weren’t two sizes two big, gave me the motivation to purchase them. I had to custom order them – as one foot was a half size bigger than the other. So off we went, with the promise that I would receive my skates in 5-7 weeks.

We headed to (what is apparently) a famous pizza shop in Brooklyn, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria. It wasn’t bad, but then again, I’m a more Jersey style pizza girl. Good friends and root beer to top dinner off.

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By the time we left Brooklyn it was around 5, and we had a 5 hour trip to get back home. A long day is an understatement. But, two months later when they finally arrived, it was worth it.

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Bonnie and OMG told me it would be a solid 2 months before I really had them broken in… they were definitely not kidding. My feet have had better days. But, it’s worth it. The pain always is.

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Remy Roller

In pursuit of skates: Beach

Back in January, we took a day trip to Virginia Beach to check out a local skate shop (I wanted to upgrade from my current starter skates). After a few hours there, we rushed to the sand and got some final glimpses of the sea before the sun dipped below the horizon. It was an unusually warm January day.

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They didn’t have a lot of different types of skates to try on at this shop, but I did learn my first important piece of information when it comes to my feet and skates: The skates I had on were 2 sizes too big. TWO! Bummer.

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That was the first time my feet stepped on the sand since – since I don’t know when. I miss the beach. It’s where I belong.

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Since I didn’t have many choices of skates to try on, we made plans to take another day trip to another skate shop.

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Next stop: BROOKLYN!