When you’re new to skating, you might feel the wheels are slippery. There is no need to worry. You are not alone. 

It is common for beginners to have trouble balancing the grip on their wheels at first. 

However, if you have difficulties balancing your skates because their wheels are too hard for you, then the skates may be the problem, not your skills. 

Here’s what to do. 

When it comes to roller skates, buying the right pair of skating wheels is crucial to avoid slipping. 

Next, you may feel uncomfortable or slippery inside the skates if the shoes are too big or too small. 

If you want to provide a softer grip, wheel bearings can be changed for more comfortable ones. 

Additionally, slippery floors should be avoided when skating. Rain not only makes skating slippery, but it is also dangerous.

Lastly, If your skating shoes feel too slippery for you, consider changing the wheel size. Also, try different skating surfaces to see which one helps you get a better grip.

How Can You Tell If Your Roller Skates Are Too Slippery?

If the roller skates always slip backward or forward, then something is wrong with them. 

You should check the nuts under your skate wheels. Roller skates will be slippery if they are too loose.

In the beginning, roller skates might seem a little slippery. It might be a concern if they remain too slippery after a few days of practice.

1. Check The Nuts And Screws

In order to find out if your roller skates are too slippery, check the screws and nuts under your shoes.

When you’re just beginning to skate, you might even be wrong if you think your skate shoes are too slippery. 

It is therefore recommended that you practice for a few days. If it is still slippery, ensure the nuts are adjusted as needed.

2. Check The Bearings

You can get a better idea of how your skate wheels will perform initially by checking the bearings of your skating shoes. 

Examine the nuts and spin each wheel to see if anything is wrong with the bearings.

If you have plastic roller skate wheels, you might get faulty bearings. In this case, check your roller skating bearings to see if they are causing your roller skate wheels to be too slippery.

Why Should You Avoid Slippery Roller Skate Wheels?

Various situations can lead to slippery skating. It can either be the roller skates themselves or the slippery surface.

Firstly, skating with the wrong roller skates is not a good idea.

Additionally, skating on wet or slippery surfaces can also be dangerous because you risk injuring yourself or others.

Both slippery roller skates and slippery surfaces are bad for rollerblading. The reasons are explained below.

Slippery Skates

First of all, do not skate while wearing the wrong-sized skating shoes. There are times, however, when you must wear a particularly slippery pair. 

Make sure you don’t make a habit of it since it might damage your toes in the long run. 

Moreover, learning to skate properly would be extremely challenging for you.

Oversized or undersized wheels, too small or too large skate shoes, or uneven-fitting skates will make roller skating uncomfortable. 

Also, slippery skates with wheels of not-so-good quality would make roller skating slippery.

Slippery Surface

When it rains, the surface is usually slippery. For your own safety, avoid skating in the rain at all costs. 

If you want to take on a little thrill, make sure you do not frequently skate or for a long time.

Skating in the rain is like driving a car in the rain, and that too, at high speed. 

In the rain, the grip is worse, and there’s little you can do about the speed or when it stops. 

It is therefore advisable to refrain from skating in the rain.

Why Do Roller Skates Get Slippery?

Incorrect wheel size, diameter, or bearings can cause roller skates to feel slippery. Wheels themselves can also cause them to feel slippery.

The following are the reasons why your skating shoes feel slippery.

1. Roller Skate Size

Buying the right roller skate size is essential. Make sure you don’t buy an oversized or too loose shoe. This might cause your feet to slip inside your shoes.

In addition, you should purchase roller skates that don’t fit too tightly. If your roller skates are too stuffy, you might feel uncomfortable. 

Therefore, make sure the shoes you buy are the right size for your feet.

2. Wheel Size

Skating wheels come in different sizes in roller skates. Most athletes prefer smaller skating wheels for ease of performance. 

If you’re just starting out, smaller wheels can be slippery.

It is wise to avoid choosing wheels that are too small or too large. Choose the right one for your skating shoes. 

Generally, 57-millimeter or 55-millimeter wheels are appropriate for skating and freestyling.

3. Wheel Roughness

The roughness of a wheel varies depending on its material. 

Wheels made of plastic are measured on a ‘D’ scale, whereas wheels made of urethane are measured on an ‘A’ scale. 

Generally, softer wheels provide more grip, while harder wheels provide less grip.

Hence, observing the wheel’s hardness will reveal why it is slippery.

4. Bearings

If your skating wheels feel too slippery, you might want to replace the bearings. 

Your skating wheels have circular hubs called skate bearings. Your roller skates’ comfort is determined by them.

For freestyle, 8mm 608 bearings are the most common. The higher the 8mm bearings, the faster your roller skates will roll.

What can you do to make roller skate wheels grip?

Changing the wheel size or diameter would help control slippery roller skates. 

A slippery skating surface such as a wooden floor or tiled surface might make roller skates too slippery. 

You can prevent roller skating from becoming slippery by replacing wheels and bearings, practicing grip balancing, and avoiding wet surfaces.

The following are a few things to keep in mind if the wheels on your skates are too slippery.

1. Replacing Wheels

To determine if the roller wheels suit you, check their size and diameter. 

If your wheel nuts are too tight or loose, loosen or tighten them accordingly. 

In general, 84A to 85A scaled wheels are perfect for non-slippery skating.

Your skating shoes will perform differently depending on the size of the wheels. Therefore, if you’re just beginning, choose the right wheel size. 

Also, make sure both feet are worn evenly. When one shoe is loose, and another is tight, it can be difficult to balance.

2. Practicing Grip Balancing

It’s normal to feel a little lost when you first start skating. Keep practicing slowly. In time, you will be able to control your roller skating wheel much better.

Practicing harder is the key to acing slippery skating. Balancing your grip is something you need to practice. 

The right skating wheels will allow you to skate on asphalt outdoors and on a normal floor indoors.

The more you practice, the faster you will become familiar with your skating wheels. Therefore, keep up the hard work; you’ll get there!

3. Trying Out Different Surfaces

Skaters often begin skating outdoors on asphalt surfaces. While it is a good choice, it is also easier. 

But, When you practice on a slippery surface, you pick up the real pace of roller skating.

Therefore, challenge yourself. You may want to try different skating surfaces, such as wooden or asphalt. You can do it anywhere. 


As long as you do not cause yourself any serious injuries, roller skating is a fun activity.

While having a few injuries when learning a new sport is normal, your slippery roller skates should not contribute to them.

If your roller skates get too slippery, I hope the instructions in this article will be helpful.

Before going out, adjust your roller skates according to your preference and check them periodically.

Lastly, Be sure to wear protective gear, too! 


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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