During the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Rollerblade-branded skates became so successful that they inspired many other companies to create similar inline skates, and the inline design became more popular than the traditional quads. The Rollerblade skates became synonymous in the minds of many with "inline skates" and skating, so much so that many people came to call any form of skating "Rollerblading," thus making it a .
For much of the 1980s and into the 1990s, inline skate models typically sold for general public use employed a hard plastic boot, similar to . In or about 1995, "soft boot" designs were introduced to the market, primarily by the firm , and promoted for use as fitness skates. Other companies quickly followed, and by the early 2000s the development of hard shell skates and skeletons became primarily limited to the discipline and other specialized designs.
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