17 juillet 2005 à 14 h 02 min #232719
I mean, what is the story of those big socks above quad skates ?
Is there an english skater to answer ?18 juillet 2005 à 8 h 08 min #235880
Yeah, I was also wondering about that…
Its very common.. I would almost feel left out not wearing big socks over my quads..18 juillet 2005 à 8 h 58 min #235881
Is there a complete mystery about thoses puffas ?
How did it come ? Who started to wear it ? Why ?
Strange, isn’t it ?19 juillet 2005 à 11 h 39 min #235882
Ah, the mysterious puffas? Who?, when?, why?
Is it only in the UK that these things exist?19 juillet 2005 à 11 h 48 min #235883
I think so !
Only english skaters wear those puffas.
Do you any idea about it ? I mean : why ?19 juillet 2005 à 12 h 21 min #235884
pictures ?19 juillet 2005 à 21 h 40 min #235885
Picture on the frontpage or « paffas » link
In fact, it is big sock you put on each quad skate. It looks fat. But what for ?24 juillet 2005 à 9 h 32 min #235886
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.25 juillet 2005 à 9 h 20 min #235887
@Hot Steppin’ Granny wrote:
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.
Hi Hot Steppin´Granny!
I´m french but live now in Germany, and here it´s the same: roller skates are here considered as « out of mode » and reserved to children or beginners. Most skaters just practice fitness with inliners and are not able to slide, jump, dance, or make slalom, but laugh at you when you´re on roller skates. That´s really hard when you´re beginner: you´re not encouraged to improve your level. Just among real skaters (dancers or slalomers for example) are quad skates estimated. You need a really good level to convince other inline-riders or non-riders that you´re a real skater. 😕25 juillet 2005 à 9 h 55 min #235888
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.27 juillet 2005 à 9 h 37 min #235889
Hi Hot Steppin´Granny!
I´m french but live now in Germany, and here it´s the same: roller skates are here considered as « out of mode » and reserved to children or beginners. Most skaters just practice fitness with inliners and are not able to slide, jump, dance, or make slalom, but laugh at you when you´re on roller skates. That´s really hard when you´re beginner: you´re not encouraged to improve your level. Just among real skaters (dancers or slalomers for example) are quad skates estimated. You need a really good level to convince other inline-riders or non-riders that you´re a real skater. 😕
Exactly! So I hide between the woodpushers. But this year I notice an upcoming interrest. I think especially the girls got an idea that you can wire some stylish (and comfortable) shoes on these devices instead of far-eastern plastic. Also funny wheels.1 août 2005 à 11 h 02 min #235890
There’s another item of rollerskate fashion: pom poms
Lisa Suggitt sells them: https://www.rollergirl.ca/usdcart/product_info.php/cPath/31/products_id/74
The mentioned puffas I saw at some rollerskate dancers in Rotterdam/NL but I can’t find a pic right now.15 août 2005 à 15 h 04 min #235891
Puffas: as seen at the WNS in Rotterdam/NL:
(btw: the orange devices and not… :lol:)16 août 2005 à 12 h 08 min #235892
Nice ones !
I hace to do a trnaslation about your comments and post a news about it on our website.11 octobre 2005 à 22 h 56 min #235893
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 😉
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