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Rollerskates aka Retro Roller Skates

Many consider roller skates to be the original skates. They are characterised by the 2 wheels in the front and 2 wheels in the back, mounted like the wheels on a skateboard. Furthermore, there is a breaking pad on the front of the roller skate. The rollerskates were very popular before the breakthrough of inline skates. Then came a period where inline skates dominated the market. But lately, rollerskates have gained increased popularity, likely because of their vintage design. That very design is also the reason why they are known as retro roller skates.

Many parents and grandparents will remember the old retro roller skates that could be buckled on a pair of shoes. These retro roller skates can be dated back to the late 1700's. Since, attempts to reinvent the traditional rollerskates have been made. The results include the "Blade-and-walk" rollerskate by Powerslide. It looks like a normal inline skate, but consists of a normal shoe in a shell.

Why choose rollerskates?

There is a nostalgic feel to quad skates. Many people have used them in their childhood and therefore, they also prefer them as adults. Both because of the well-known skating technique, but also because some of the models have retro patterns and colors.

Because of the position of the wheels, the rollerskates provide high stability at low speeds and when you stand still. On the other hand, they are not guite as fast as inline skates. Some roller skates are suitable for work-out while others are apt for shorter trips. Choose the roller skates suitable for the purpose you need.

Some roller skates look like classic ice skates with a high lace-up boot while others have a sneakers-like design. Many retro roller skates have a low boot, some even have a shoe-design, which provides far more flexibility than what you get with most inline skates. In turn you don’t get the same ankle support.

If you are looking for rollerskates for Derby, you should take a look at that category.

Which size should I choose?

When choosing the size of the roller skates, it is important that the skates fit your feet. You should be able to move your feet a bit inside the boot. There should always be about 0.5-1cm extra room for your toes. The boot should be snug all-around your foot, from heel to the sides and across the instep without compromising the comfort.

If in doubt whether you should choose roller skates or inline skates, read our guide: Buying inline skates. Here you will find answers to most common asked questions. If still in doubt, please feel free to contact our customer service who will answer your questions about roller skates.