As with bicycles, above-ground pools, and washing machines, demand for roller skates has skyrocketed during the past year. Price and availability continues to fluctuate, making shopping a potentially frustrating experience. You may be able to find a pair of cheap skates at your local skate shop — and we always love to shop small — but online is where you’ll find the most selection. Here’s a brief rundown of what you can expect to find:
Amazon: Pages and pages of roller skates (and inline skates) from cheap no-name kids’ roller skates to pricey adult models for roller derby, jam skating, and more. Prices range from about $35 for beginner youth skates to about $300 for Moxi brand adult roller skates.
Walmart: Fewer options than Amazon, but still plenty to choose from (more if you include third-party sellers on the Walmart site). Prices range from about $25 for a pair of Roller Derby brand adjustable kiddie skates to $200 for a pair of low-cut Riedell adult skates.
Target: Less selection than Walmart, but the same basic selection of roller skates for kids and adults from brands including Chicago Skates, Roller Derby, and Circle Society. Prices range from $30 to $100. Inline skates can cost as much as $200.
Dick’s Sporting Goods: Dick’s carries around a couple dozen models (most of them for traditional indoor/outdoor skating) for kids and adults from brands such as Epic, Roller Derby, Roces, and Chicago Skates. Prices run from $35 for kids’ skates to $120 for a pair of classic adult skates. Their inline skate selection is decent, too.
Academy Sports & Outdoors: Like Target, this retailer carries only a couple dozen roller skate models from brands including Roller Derby, Airwalk, and Chicago Skates. Prices range from $30 for a pair of youth skates to $90 for an adult pair.
Ebay: Here, you can find new-in-the-box roller skates for kids and adults as well as gently (and not-so-gently) used and vintage models. Price and selection are all over the map, but are in line with big-box retailers when it comes to new, name-brand roller skates and inline skates.
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