I'm just now getting into playing goalie in roller hockey. I just got my own equipment pretty cheap but my only concern is my feet. I don't want to shell out $350 for a pair of inline goalie skates, so I will just play on my feet. However, last time I played, I got a slapshot right in the toe and it's hurt ever since (about 10 days since).
Is there anything special I can get to protect my feet or any specific type of sneaker anyone wears while playing goalie in roller hockey?
you can pick up a cheap set of steel toe boots for about 40 bucks. Cut them open and remove the toe cap. Get a pair of sneakers one size large. Glue the toe cap into the sneaker and your set. you always have the toe caps for the next set of sneakers. You might want to consider buying just the goal chassi and mounting it on a player boot if thats a lower cost option for you. However, in sneakers your flirting with broken bones in the foot with out wearing a rigid boot.
Most leagues will not allow aggressive skate in their games. I believe USA hockey has a specific rule against them but how your league enforces is a whole other story
At some point you may want to learn to play on skates because a future league you might join with a team will not allow the goalie to play on foot....
I do want to learn to play on skates, but didn't want to drop $350 (only price I could find for skates before you posted that link) when I only play once or twice a week for fun. That price is much better though. Luckily, I'm a very good skater, so the transition should be smooth.
For the record, I ended up getting getting these. They're not perfect, but they at least prevent me from limping around for a week when I get nailed with a slapshot.
Baseball pitchers utilize a device called a pitcher's toe. It's hard plastic cap that covers the front of the shoe that protects their it from coming apart since they're constantly toeing the rubber. Pitchers only need one, but they make them in left and right versions - get one of each.