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.