When shopping for roller skates, there a few important factors to consider. The material of the boot, size and feel of the wheels and the hardware used all determine a pair’s durability and maneuverability. Style made of leather are typically more comfortable and last longer than those made with synthetic materials. Low-cut styles are better for gaining speed, while high-top boots offer ankle support. Concerning wheels, smaller ones are better for tricks while bigger ones are ideal for longer rides. Additionally, softer wheels are preferred for outdoor skating, as they provide enhanced grip and shock-absorption, while harder ones are great if you’re hitting the rink. Finally, most plates underneath are made of nylon, which makes the skates lighter on your feet, and often come with sturdy aluminum trucks to carry most weight. Ahead, we rounded up some of the best roller skates for adults of all levels.
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1. Crazy Women's Evoke Roller Skates
The upper of this style's boot is crafted from soft suede leather. They feature a lightweight fiber-reinforced nylon plate and high-rebound 65-millimeter urethane wheels.
Pros: A contoured fit and a breathable neoprene-lined tongue offer a second-skin feel. Black glitter laces and a striking laser-cut, mirror-finished heel plate are bound to turn heads. They're available in three colors and come in a sleek leather suitcase.
2. BTFL Unisex Pro Roller Skates
This pair is also has a soft, flexible suede leather boot with a cushioned ankle collar and rear pull tabs, a lightweight nylon plate and aluminum trucks.
Pros: They're offered in both men's and women's sizes and come in two colorways, power blue and light brown with royal blue laces. The high rebound 61-millimeter wheels are also suitable for outdoor use.
Cons: Some may find you need to loosen the wheels a little.
3. Chicago Men's Bullet Speed Roller Skates
These skates feature an athletic low-cut profile for greater freedom of movement, padded ankle collars, rear pull tabs, sturdy double adjustable aluminum trucks and a lightweight nylon chassis.
Pros: They're made of tough, durable vinyl. 62-millimeter urethane wheels with precision bearings and premium fixed axels deliver ultimate control and stability. An adjustable power strap closure on top of the laces offers a secure fit.
Cons: They may be too narrow for some.
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