The blades of goalie skates are flatter than those of skater skates, which allows goalies to move laterally more effectively. This is important, as goalies must move side to side quickly to set up to make a save.
If someone is trying out the position of goalie to see if they like it, they do not need to get goalie skates. However, if they are committed to playing the position, it is important to buy a pair. Goalies that use regular skates are at a big disadvantage.
Hockey goalie skates come in different brands, including Bauer, CCM, Reebok, Vapor, and Warrior. Senior hockey goalie skates cost between $120-$800, whereas junior and intermediate goalie skates cost approximately $100-$600.