Makers and manufacturies
As mentioned in "The Origin of the Skate" it is almost certain that skating originated in the Low Countries meaning, the first skates were made and further developed here. Over time, ice skating became commonplace in other countries as well, often following the Netherlands’ lead. Gradually, different European countries developed their own traditions both in their style of skating and the construction of their skates. Eventually skating in other European and North American countries began to have a reciprocal influence on the development of Dutch skates.