My mum hates Cabbage Patch Kids. I mean really hates them. I don’t know why, some strange aversion. Unfortunately, this aversion meant that I was never allowed a Cabbage Patch Kid when I was a kid, which only made me want one all the more. I begged and pleaded, I wrote to Santa, and I think I even tried the good old public tantrum once. No dice.
Maybe it was my desperate desire for a Cabbage Patch Kid, I’m not sure, but when I spotted the yellow-striped, slightly warn, Cabbage Patch Kids branded skates at a garage sale for six dollars I knew I needed them. I snatched them up, praying desperately that they’d be roughly my size—if they’d been too small I’m sure I would have crammed my toes into them anyway. The fit perfectly, as if they’d been moulded especially for my feet, and I took them home filled with joy.
Those skates, to my mother’s chagrin, were worn to death skating around the shelving in the machinery and parts store my father managed. I adored them almost as much as I adored skating.
While holidaying in Canada the year after I finished high school, my then-boyfriend and his brother talked me into buying a pair of roller blades. Not any blades though—‘the best blades in the world’, according to them—a pair of Bauer Roller Blades, which set me back almost two hundred dollars. I felt sooo cool…for about the first five minutes I had them on. Then I fell over. I’ve tried many times since then to love my ‘best blades in the world’, but there’s something less fun about them. Something less me. And I think it’s simply that the wheels are in the wrong configuration.
I love the clunkiness and support of roller skates. I love that the wheels don’t require you to do all the balancing work—important for someone with little-to-know coordination and balance. I love that, no matter how funky you try to make them, they still look like they belong to a by-gone era. And I love that they remind me of my childhood.
Pining for a pair of skates to call my own, I had a bit of a search on the good ol’ www, and squealed with joy when I found Moxi. Moxi is an American skate store, dedicated to (surprisingly enough) roller skates. They make a huge range of really cool Derby gear, but also have a small collection of the most delightful Lifestyle Roller Skates, for us non-hardcore kids.
I’m in love. And once you’ve seen their stuff, I reckon you will be too.
Store Locations: Long Beach, California, and online
International Shipping: Unsure. But I’ve emailed them to find out, so watch this space!
Best Bits: Great selection of lifestyle and Derby skate for kids and adults, as well as a small range of accessories. Their skates come in great colours, and with a selection of pretty coloured wheels. Great images of each product, so you know exactly what you’re getting, and some good sizing advice, so you’re guaranteed the right size.
(Clockwise from left, all in US Dollars)
– Moxi Lolly Floss Skates: $299.00
– Rebel Derby Skate: $170.00
– Antik MG2: $429.00
– Moxi Ivy Jungle Skates: $179.00