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17 best roller skates of 2021 for women, men and kids - TODAY

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Roller skating became an unexpected trend to gain popularity in 2020.

The old-school activity made a comeback thanks to its growing presence on TikTok,reminding everyone just how fun it can be to glide around the neighborhood on a different set of four wheels.

While Google Trends shows a spike in the search term "roller skates" in May 2020, it looks like the term is slowly gaining traction again. And many top-rated bestselling styles across retailers are currently sold out or low on stock.

Whether it's due to holiday shopping, New Year's resolutions to get out of one's comfort zone or eager anticipation for the return of warm weather, it's clear roller skates are not just a thing of the past.

If you're looking for your first set of wheels or looking to upgrade, we rounded up some of the best roller skates to buy online now. From adults to kids, below are our picks for the best roller skates you can shop. Hurry before they're all gone.

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Roller skates for women

1. Gets Faux Leather Roller Skates

These sleek skates are Amazon's No. 1 bestseller in outdoor roller skates. They come in various wheel colors, including the flashy ones seen here. For a chic look, go with the all-black style. For something a little edgier, a pop of pink will help with that.

2. Roller Derby Candi Girl Quad Roller Skate

Meant for any level of skater, these suede lace-up skates come in various unconventional color schemes.

3. Moxi Rainbow Riders

Feel like you're gliding on a rainbow with these multicolor skates that also come in black and yellow. They're equipped with high rebound outdoor wheels to help give you a smooth ride on many surfaces.

4. C7skates Premium Quad Roller Skate

These faux leather skates have a padded build and pastel colors for those who want to roll in comfort and style.

5. Chicago Skates Women's Classic Roller Skates

These are one of the most popular roller skates for women on the market. They have more than 1,000 verified reviews on Amazon and over 200 positive reviews at Walmart. Many people enjoy these Chicago Skates for the comfortable fit, ability to be worn both indoors and outside and providing a smooth ride.

6. Pacer Stratos Traditional Quad Roller Skates

These are in Amazon's top 10 bestsellers in their Roller Hockey Skates category. The style is available in a classic boot style with aluminum construction that won't mark up any surfaces and sturdy bearings for a fast and smooth roll.

7. Roller Derby Women's Star 600 Roller Skates

This pair by Roller Derby has an impressive 4.4-star rating on the Dick's Sporting Goods website. The women's style is designed to give you a total freestyle comfort thanks to a comfortable foam inside and high ankle support.

8. Moxi Beach Bunny Roller Skates

If you're looking for a set of high-quality wheels, we recommend splurging on the popular vintage-inspired Moxi Beach Bunny roller skates. They're great for beginners, extremely durable, supportive and have been well-loved by roller skaters for years.

Reviewers on Urban Outfitters' website love these skates because they're "incredibly sturdy" and have "amazing control."

Roller skates for kids

1. Roller Derby FireStar Youth Girl's Roller Skates

These roller skates for girls are have a 4.5-star rating on Amazon They come with secure laces, a strap to fasten your child's feet and a padded collar for comfort. The Roller Derby FireStar skates are available in four different colors including black and purple, and green and white.

2. Roller Derby Fun Roll

For a pink emoji-donning skates are great for beginners because they're easy to stand up and roll in. This pair is also adjustable up to four different sizes so your little one can skate around in these for well beyond this year.

3. Roller Derby Boy's Trac Star Adjustable Roller Skates

The top-rated Roller Derby roller skates are great for growing kids since they can also adjust up to four sizes with the push of a button and offer support without laces.

4. Crazy Skates Adjustable Roller Skates for Girls and Boys

For an option that works for both boys and girls, look no further. The 4.5-star rated style is available in various solid shades and sizing is adjustable so it's easy for siblings to share.

5. Chicago Skates Adjustable Quad Roller Skates

This pair of skates is designed just for toddlers and also features adjustable sizing. With hundreds of verified reviews, the Chicago Skates are "Amazon's Choice" for roller skates for toddlers. They come with micro ratchet buckles for a secure and comfortable fit.

Roller skates for men

1. Roller Derby Star 600 Men's Quad Skates

These high-tops have a padded lining to help with comfort. And the brand says its lightweight chassis helps with more control when turning, cruising, and dancing.

2. Chicago Skates Men's Classic Roller Skates

These men's roller skates have more than 1,700 reviews on Amazon and are popular thanks to a durable design and large wheels made for easy gliding.

3. Chicago Skates Bullet Men's Speed Roller Skates

These men's speed roller skates made by Chicago Skates and are great for experienced skaters who enjoy racing. The low cut boot gives greater freedom of movement and the high-quality laces make for a comfortable and secure fit.

4. Pacer Stratos Traditional Quad Roller Skates

This pair of Pacer Stratos Traditional quad roller skates are an Amazon bestselling style in the Roller Hockey Skates category. The unisex skates are made for indoor skating rinks but can handle outdoor surfaces thanks to the grip on the wheels.

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This article was originally published May 27, 2020.