Digital image of an ice skate, which is simply a boot with a blade attached to its bottom. Ice skates are used for skating, or gliding, across ice surfaces. These ice skates have sharp blades so they will slide easily.
Unlike traditional roller skates, inline skates have four or five wheels arranged in one straight line and a heel stop for braking. A French inventor patented the first inline skate in 1819.
A young boy wears a helmet and full pads as he takes a stride forward in his inline skates. Lacing up a pair of inline skates gives you a sense of freedom and speed that other activities don't.