Back to the Future
In case you haven’t heard, roller skating (and, to a lesser degree, inline skating) is back. Roller skates aren’t new — they’ve been around since the 1860s. But every decade or so, a new generation discovers how much fun it can be to scoot around on eight wheels, whether it’s the roller derby craze of the early 2000s, the roller discos of the 1970s, or the speed-skating tournaments of the 1910s.
Inline skates, often called Rollerblades after the company that popularized them, were hot in the 1980s and '90s, then fell out of favor with athletes and consumers. But GenZ has rectified that, rediscovering the joy of four (or three) wheels. Although you can spend hundreds of bucks on a pair of roller or inline skates — and if you’re serious about the sport, you probably will — there’s no reason to pay more than $100 if you’re new to skating and just want to give it a try.
Prices and availability are subject to change.
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