These are an old pair of roller skates that I had as a child. I call them crazy skates because although I loved them, they also terrified me. They have no brakes! I learned to skate by keeping one hand on a wall while carefully rolling one foot in front of the other. Eventually I was skating up and down the sidewalk, with no disastrous mishaps. When my kids were ready to learn to roller skate they had the whole ensemble: roller blades with brakes, wrist and knee protectors as well as helmets. A different world!