translation of " des patins à parquet" into English

AdrienneC1Kwiziq community member

translation of " des patins à parquet" into English

"Par exemple, aussitôt que nos parents nous avaient déposés chez elle, elle nous faisait troquer nos baskets flambant neuves pour des patins à parquet qui empestaient le dépoussiérant et la cire."  


My translating tool says that "des patins à parquet" are "floor gliders."  Anyone have any idea what kind of shoes they might be?

Asked 5 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Adrienne, 

Just to add to Maarten's excellent answer, the word 'patins'  made me smile too as I had a very houseproud aunty who insisted that we wore these felt overshoes when visiting.  I am not sure if these actually exist in Britain where wall-to-wall carpets ruled the day or in the USA. Whereas in France, wooden floors were more the norm.

If you need a picture, take a look at one I found at random -

https://www.quincaillerie-demortain.com/patins_d-appartement__p267226.html

Hope these help!

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Adrienne, the discussion on wordreference will help, and some internet photos of traditional flat patins à parquet, and more ‘modern’ patins . 

Apart from looking on the net, I can ask my wife about items like this. The question brought a reminiscing smile to her face, childhood memories. They were routinely used indoors, when keeping shoes on and especially if visiting someone - and mostly just referred to as ‘patins’. I am sure French children would never have used them to have fun sliding on the floors with, but I sure would have ! (Actually, I know at least one French ‘former child’ who did)

https://forum.wordreference.com/threads/patins-parquet.3633173/

 https://www.cookina.fr/brosserie-produits-menagers/524-2-patins-pour-parquet.html 

https://www.cdiscount.com/bricolage/r-patin+pour+parquet.html#_his_

translation of " des patins à parquet" into English

"Par exemple, aussitôt que nos parents nous avaient déposés chez elle, elle nous faisait troquer nos baskets flambant neuves pour des patins à parquet qui empestaient le dépoussiérant et la cire."  


My translating tool says that "des patins à parquet" are "floor gliders."  Anyone have any idea what kind of shoes they might be?

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