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Retro quad-style skates are gliding back into fashion

The retro revival, which has gained serious momentum in the last couple of years, looks set to race onwards into 2019 as well.

The retro revival, which has gained serious momentum in the last couple of years, looks set to race onwards into 2019 as well – if we trust the trendsetters at Hermes, that is. Its Holiday 2018 collection includes this pair of sneaker skates, the statement footwear that refuses to be put to bed. (Saint Laurent launched a sky-high stiletto version last year.)

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A nod to popular culture and the growing popularity of the makers of quad-style roller skates (as opposed to single-row inline skates) like LA-based Moxi or Paris’ Flaneurz, the Hermes version features a leather Poker sneaker designed by Pierre Hardy that’s detachable from a leather-and-printed maple veneer skate. It’s a fun, kitschy gift for those embracing the current taste for throwbacks from simpler eras – whether they are first-time adopters of these retro wheels, were roller-disco fans back in the day, or lie somewhere in between. And, even if a recipient is – for whatever reason – unable to roll with it, hey, they’ve still got themselves a pair of cool sneakers.

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