Disco rollers

DiscoDisco rollers … what are disco rollers again? Disco roller were an especially colourful style of roller skates that was especially popular in the 70s. Like the name suggests, disco rollers are closely related to … roller discos. Roller discos basically means roller rinks that are turned into makeshift discos with dance music playing, coloured and strobe lights, fog machines, disco balls and pretty much everything else you can think of when it comes to discos.

History

The roller discos, and with them the disco rollers first started appearing in the 70s in the US. Especially in the early and mid 80s the trend also spread to Europe. They became especially popular in Great Britain and to a lesser extend in some areas of Germany. Roller discos stayed popular until the mid 90s when disco music started to disappear from the charts and inline skates started to gain popularity. Then a slow decline set in and more and more roller rinks closed down. The inline skates  and general trends had moved the activity from skating away from specialized venues and out onto the open road. There are however still numerous roller rinks still in existence – especially in larger cities. And many of them still offer regular roller disco nights.

Trends

Of course disco rollers aren’t confined to roller rinks. For a few year now, they have become increasingly trendy. Many people are getting tired of the all-consuming, clunky, black plastic skates that completely dominated the late 90s. Instead colourful disco rollers and softer materials are showing up more and more as manufacturers respond and offer more roller skates in this retro style.  You can expect to see more and more of them on the streets over the next few year as colour makes a much needed comeback. They are also often seen at public events like the London Skate or the London Friday Night Skate.

Models

Which disco rollers are currently out there? And which ones are actually worth buying? Of course we had a look at a number disco rollers – a list of reviews of disco roller can be found there: