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Well, being a lady who doesn’t break her promises, I submit below some links for your delectation. You’ll also see the difference. Real puffers have foam rubber inside them like cushions – making them ‘puffy’. Anything else is considered a pale imitation and can only be classified as skate or boot covers.
These are boot covers. They are mainly for night clubbing /raving and can also be classified as boot warmers, boppitz or fluffies:
This is the real McCoy – puffers (which is an acronym for ankle puffs):
Yes, there is a skate underneath them.
Real difficult to skate in though as the pile is a bit long, so I’m gonna modify the design.
As our roller disco is a night club, we often get camera crews and photographers in there. We also get club promoters there too. Many of our best skaters are getting paid to dance in night clubs. This has meant that the skate fashions amongst our ‘roller elite’ has become a bit more avant garde. Each of us has a distinctive dress style: for exaxmple: Paul and Delicia, red and black, Selvyn and Scary Mary, black and white and then there’s me!!!! 😆 🙄 😉
As a general rule of thumb we don’t dress better than we can skate. That’s why our best skaters are so distinctively dressed.
Hah – they aren’t puffers – they are fluffy boot covers. Many ravers (club goers) are wearing them over here. I’ve made a fabulous flamingo pink pair and shall post a photo shortly. Am also planning to make a matching brassiere and in a set in orange too, to match my marshal’s uniform for the roller disco. I couldn’t help but smile this week-end in the park, on an autumn day in my huge bright pink furry skates. Jean Paul Gaultier would love them 😆
Ah – pom-poms – so 70’s. They wear them in the states with figure skates but they’re not popular over here in the U.K. I have recently purchased a pair of figure skates and am planning to attach some smaller pom-poms so they don’t get in the way of my dancing. Gotta change the wheels to match though. Well, I’m a girlie, we love fashion 😉
I must be getting old – even Converse were before my time 😳 I’m talking vulcanised rubber soles, noir et blanc et fabrique en Chine
What is the injury rate amongst your skaters or is there none?
I use Sims Streetsnakes and Krypto Impulse – I have put some links for you below – these prices are cheaper than Bardy Bardy’s.
Krypto Cruisers are not too bad but wear out quickly. Other English skaters also use Hyper Rollos which last quite well.
It is my opinion that Sims are the best – they wear down evenly and last a long time.
Anyway, what would you guys recommed?
That you visit a good Psychiatrist 🙄
Sorry Chris, couldn’t resist it. If all else fails ask Brian Cornelewes or Andy Critchlow. I am not sure how to contact the latter – Norman Silver may know. Andy builds vert ramps and courses which he skates sidesurf on his quads with skateboard trucks. Rollerskater Dave is also supremely knowledgeable on skate construction.
I’ve noticed that Xavier. I have several theories:
1) Skating is an excellent way of compensating for the unfit practise of spending so much time on one’s derriere staring at a computer screen.
2) Street skating with music sharpens one’s senses making the skater’s brain function at a higher level therefore making them smarter – hence the need for I.T.
3) We are all control freaks – skating is a form of control – over self and surrounding – but with an element of danger – which the skater controls – a person also has total control over their computer.
I do find in England though that the in-liners seem to use I.T. way more than the quad skaters. I am one of a very few quad skaters who uses the Serpentine Road forum as a means of communication with other skaters – my friends tend to use e-mail or telephone or text messages.
I’m quite surprised to find that Personne as I do know that the Germans are into fitness in a big way. They do say though that everything comes back into fashion every 20 years or so. Just keep skating on your quads. If you skate with music – turn it up so you cannot hear people’s comments – this works for me 😀 You will get so much enjoyment from skating and much fitter as a result. Sooner or later your friends and family will notice the change in you and want to know what brought about the difference. Other people will also notice you skating about and start to ask questions – it’s great when you skate past children because they ask their parents for roller skates too – pretty soon – you will find that you will see more quad skaters about. Just keep at it and ignore other’s narrow attitudes – it only takes one to start a revoloution 😉 I have tried in-line skates – people do look at you differently when you wear them but I didn’t enjoy it much – they made me want to skate fast all the time and it was difficult to dance on them smoothly because I was limited to slalom and heel and toe moves only. My spell on in-lines improved my quad skating but I skate quad because I like it – it keeps me fit and makes me feel good. I believe a person should do what they enjoy. As long as you are not breaking the law, hurting yourself or others – nothing gives another person the right to laugh at another person because they are having a good time on their quad skates.
No life – when I’m not skating – I’m messing around my my computer – our British weather is rubbish – so I get to use my computer a lot.
Thank you Xavier – I understand the origin of the practise now. I must admit, that I haven’t seen anyone skating on basketball boots but then I’m at least 10 years older than you and associate canvas and rubber type sneakers (real old school shoes) with basket ball boots. Mind you, I think basket ball boots for the modern skater would probably equate to high top leather sneakers.
I concede they must be really comfortable to skate in but do they provide sufficient protection for your ankles and feet when you land?
I’m Hot Steppin’ Granny because I have 2 grandchildren and I roller dance.
I have been skating since I was 4 on and off – I will be 44 this September. I have seriously skated for the last 15 years and am still one of Britain’s best female dancers – the other being SkateLisa – my best friend
http://www.photobox.co.uk/shared/photo.html?c_album=1607710&photo=28215703&page=1&group= – pictured on the left.
I have a figure skating background and taught skating as a young teen. I worked at Roller City London (formerly Roller Express) until 1997 when it closed. I wrote the roller disco column for Skater Magazine, until it became Inline Skater Magazine and have appeared several times skating on British television. I am currently the moderator of the Roller Disco Forum at Canvas, our only U.K. roller skating nightclub. Where I dance every week.http://www.rollerdisco.info Our Roller Disco forum will be up and running shortly.
I am currently on a ‘Granny Mission’ to raise public awareness of English Roller Disco Dance and to encourage more people to take up the sport. I am an exceptionally well, known skater here in England.
Of course, you could always use the tried and trusty cut, copy and flip method of reproduction – works for me 😉
Sorry Guys, those things on the Bardy Bardy website are NOT puffas – they are faux hockey socks.
Real puffers look like this:
This is a photograph of me wearing a pair. They are attached to my skates, which naturally, are attached to me!!!
I did send an e-mail to Bardy Bardy asking them to correct their mistake. Here is an excerpt from the e-mail which I sent to them:
‘The items which you have advertised as ‘puffas’ are actually ‘faux hockey socks’ – despite similar articles being sold as same in Argos – late 1990’s.
For your information, I have attached a picture of my skates (Bauer Newport Cruisers) around which you will see a genuine pair of Zebra Faux Fur Puffers (Ankle Puffs – circa 1992/to present day – worn at every self-respecting roller rink in the U.K. Predominantly an ‘Old School Rink Skater’ fashion accessory, favoured by the higher echelon of the roller hierarchy, of which I still remain the U.K.’s primary female member. Also known as Boot Cushions – these 1″ foam skins with fabric covering, and consequently washable, serve as protection from accidental wheel clippage whilst skating round a packed roller rink and as protection for the wearer’s skates whilst executing complicated low floor, breakdance/jamskate type moves. It being cheaper to make another pair than to replace a pair of Bauer boots!!! Whilst dancing, Ankle Puffs also accentuate the foot moves and skater’s aesthetic bodyline, focusing attention to the Puffers rather than to the movement of the feet, thereby lessening the skater’s chances of having their dance moves being blatantly pirated – the cardinal sin of rollerdance).’
In the 80’s – traditional leather disco skates were really expensive. Many of our best skaters were black or mixed race and more athletic than their white, English counterparts. Many of our skaters also played hockey. Many of them on the street and consequently, adapted Ice hockey boots by attaching quad plates to them – these skates are still used today by us and are way cheaper than leather skates to buy. Ice hockey players wear hockey socks and matching shirts and this fashion was adopted by many of our street and rink skaters.
We wear our hockey socks rolled down over our skates to keep our skates in place (many skaters like to skate with their skates loose – not tight) and to prevent the laces from trailing on the floor. When one is skating at a rink, hockey socks make the perfect place to put cigarette packets, locker keys and money purses – so that one can skate hands free.
I prefer not to skate without puffers or hockey socks around my skates.
I do appreciate wearing such garments might look odd to the unenlightened – but we English quad skaters are very serious about such things. We endure much teasing from in-line skaters and many others who cannot understand our mentality, dress code and way of life. Which, beleive me, is very different – but we do not care, because we are well established in our own right. We have many more years skating experience and way more dance skill. So we laugh at people who make fun of us – dance and skate better than they do and continue to wear our stripey hockey socks – this is what differentiates us from our in-line skating counterparts – who, to us, all look the same, wear the same skates, skate the same way and dress the same too 😀 Why be a clone, when you can express yourself as an individual. This is why, I assume you have a 100% quad forum.
It is only in America the SkateGrrl forum being a prime example, where all genres of skater are encouraged to express their individuality and have forums of their own but where all genres of skater peacefully co-exist.
In England, despite being the most skillful dancers, we are laughed at and looked down upon by the English public who have the attitude that roller skates are for children. I have skated in Paris many times, where I get applauded for my dance skills – what a difference.
In France, you have better slalom skaters, better high jump and long jump skaters too. I personally beleive this is because you are encouraged by the general public and your peers rather than being sneered at like they do in the U.K. where it seems we are despised by our public and hated by drivers, in-line skaters and pedestrians alike. This is so sad.