Best of Boston

BEST Skate Shop

2011 BEST Skate Shop
Photograph by Jared Leeds



In the epicenter of Boston’s skateboard scene, this Allston hangout takes things way beyond your typical shoes and decks purveyor. The profusion of brands (hats and tees from Somerville-bred Raw sit alongside national names like Nixon) is reason enough to… read more»

2001 BEST Skate Shop

Blades Board and Skate


What impressed us most about this place was that the friendly sales assistant had personally tried on 50 of the skates on display. Even better, she seemed genuinely interested in helping us find the right pair. The stock here also… read more»

2000 BEST Skate Shop

Blades Board and Skate


Next time you’re strolling the Esplanade, don’t let that cute rollerblader pass you by—strap on some skates of your own and pull up alongside. How to make a good impression when you finally catch up? Stop at Blades first, the… read more»

1999 BEST Skate Shop

Blades Board & Skate


Dozens of in-line styles, skateboards, hockey equipment, and cool streetwear make this the shop to glide into. And the hip young staff knows its stuff. read more»