In this article, we will be discussing how to turn vans into roller skates.

Making a van roller skates is a relatively easy process and can be done with a few simple tools and supplies.

The most important part of the process is ensuring that the van is properly secured to the ground so it does not move during skating.

If it sounds difficult for you, dont worry, we will provide a step-by-step guide on how to do this later in this article.

The item you need before start making your vans roller skates:

  1. Vans shoe
  2. Scissors
  3. Weldable steel-16 gauge
  4. Flat head philips bolts
  5. Nylon lock nuts
  6. Bag of tooth washers
  7. Cordless drills
  8. Bolts cutters
  9. Cardboard

Why make your own vans roller skates?

There are a couple reasons why you might want to make your own vans roller skates.

Maybe you’re on a budget and can’t afford to buy a new pair, maybe you just want to be able to customize your skates exactly the way you want them, or you like the comfort of the vans shoes.

Either way, making your own skates is relatively easy, and there are many benefits.

Steps on how to make your own vans roller skates

There’s no need to go out and buy a brand new pair of roller skates if you’re just starting out. 

In fact, you can make your own roller skates using a pair of Vans shoes that you probably already have. 

Here are the steps you need to take:

Step 1: Take out the vans shoe insole

Step 2: Trace the insole out on the cardboard

Step 3: Trace it again about 0.25 inches inside

Trace it again about 0.25 inches inside so that the metal insole will fit the bottom of the shoe.

Step 4: Cut out the cardboard

Step 5: Mock up and test fit.

Step 6: Be ready with your weldable steel-16 gauge after tracing it

Step 7: Cut off the weldable steel-16 gauge

Step 8: Marking on bottom of the vans shoes

Step 9: Drill 4 holes at the bottom of the vans shoes and weldable steel-16 gauge

Step 10: Put on the screws and roller skates plates and tighten them up

Step 11: Use bolts cutters to cut the excessive screws

Step 12: Put on roller skates trucks

Step 13: Put on roller skate wheels

Step 14: You are done!


In conclusion, by following the simple steps outlined in this article, you can turn your vans shoes into roller skates in just a few minutes.

So what are you waiting for?

Get out there and start skating!


My name is Patricia Toh. I was born in the southen of China but I live in Hawaii. I work as a translator. I love skating. But in the future, I’d like to try yoga too."

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