Before the creation of roller blades and heelys, roller skates were the norm. We had metal braces with wheels that we strapped to our sneakers (and the length could be adjusted as your feet grew.) Then we had skates that looked like boots. If you were really into skating and had the money, you would use the rubber wheels that came with the skates outdoors, but changed to white wheels made of a material called vanathane when indoors. These wheels were smaller and harder and made it easier to dance on hardwood floors. The top brands were by All-American and Chicago. We decorated our skates with rabbits’ feet, feathers attached with roach clips and stickers with our initials on them.