While roller-skating has long been a beloved pastime, it has exploded over the last two years, with stir-crazy people of all ages adopting the hobby as a safer way to spend time outdoors during the pandemic. Inspired by the teens on TikTok, I also decided that spring of 2020 was finally the time to strap on a pair of roller skates, but figuring out which skates to buy was almost as difficult as figuring out how to stop without crashing into a fence.

Whether you’re an adult newbie like I was looking to join in on the fun or just want to upgrade roller skates you already own, there are now lots of brands out there — both new and old — making the Technicolor, four-wheeled footwear for all experience levels and budgets. But if you’re thinking about investing in a new pair of skates, there are of course things to look out for aside from rad colorways.

Read the list on NY Mag