Monday, September 12, 2011

Heelys Review


! I’ve seen them, heard about them, but never tried them. Heelys aren’t just for kids. Their sizes go from kid all the way to adult. I can get Heelys for myself. (I would, but I was afraid I’d break an ankle. And that would be very bad!)

Heelys are the original skating shoe. There are other knock-off brands, but Heelys are the real thing. They are made with regular sneakers that have a place to insert wheels. You can use them for regular walking when needed, and when you want to have fun just pop the wheels in place to go go go!

Like I said above, I was afraid I’d hurt myself with Heelys. (They do have some that are cute for women though.) Instead I ordered a pair for my son.

First you must know that my son is a bit reserved. He tends to be pretty cautious and not always like to try new things. He will barely get on his bicycle (with training wheels). He has a scooter, but he wants head to toe protection before he uses it. And when he does, he’s very careful and gentle with it.

I’ve been trying to find more ways for him to try things like this over the summer. I know once he realizes how much fun they are, he’ll be fine. It just takes him a while to get used to some things. So we got him the Heelys and gave them a try.

Here are the different types of Heelys available and a little about them:

HEELYS: MSRP: $47 and up
Heelys wheeled footwear allows the user to seamlessly transition from walking or running to rolling by simply shifting weight to the heel. Users can also transform Heelys wheeled footwear into street shoes by removing the wheel and replacing the heel cavities (adaptors) with heel plugs. Heelys wheeled footwear provides users with a unique combination of fun and style that differentiates it from other footwear and wheeled sports products. Heelysare sold in sporting goods and specialty stores nationwide and in more than 70 countries around the world. An instructional video on how to get started can be found at

HEELYS Hx2 – MSRP: $60
Heelys Hx2 has two removable wheels in each shoe, making it ideal for younger wearers. Not only is it easier to maintain balance, but also wearers of the Hx2 do not require as much leg strength to lift up their toes to skate. As they get the hang of skating, though, the Hx2 can be converted into a regular pair of Heelys for a more challenging ride simply by removing one of the wheels. Pop out both wheels and the Hx2 becomes a regular street shoe. To view the Hx2 2010 holiday commercial, go to:

The all new Nano was designed in house at Heelys and works by simply removing the wheel from one of the skate shoes and snapping the patented wheel bracket into the Sole-LinkT, like a ski or snowboard binding. For use on a single foot, the innovative board thrills the user with the same sensations and freedoms felt while slalom skiing and wakeboarding. The Nano lets skaters move farther, faster and longer than ever before. To view the Nano 2010 holiday commercial, go to:

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Heelys, Inc. is a company founded on innovation. It designs, markets and distributes its action sports-oriented products to the youth market under the Heelys® brand. The company's primary product, Heelys wheeled footwear, is a patented dual-purpose skate shoe that incorporates a stealth removable wheel in the heel. Its new product, Heelys Hx2, uses two wheels for better balance and control, making it ideal for younger users. Heelys' third offering, Nano, ramps up the Heelys experience by giving skaters a board that links into the patented Heelysshoe bracket. This allows them to skate farther, faster and longer than ever before. Instructional videos on how to get started can be found at


There’s my little guy, Zachariah, in his new HX2 Stingray Heelys. They carry them in his size, so that was part of my deciding which ones to get. Plus these have velcro straps for my 5 year old to easier get them on and off. The shoes themselves (sans wheels) are very sturdy and well-made. My son wants to wear them around on their own, simply because he loves the shoes. I think that proves that the style of the shoes is boy-approved. He had a hard time standing up and making the shoes “go”, but this was his first time on any sort of skate. The double wheels in these shoes are better for younger kids or people learning to skate. They do provide a little more stability.

I was impressed with the HX2 Heelys. I think it’s great that they carry a wide selection of shoes and sizes. You can get your whole family Heelys and have a fun evening rolling around your neighborhood. These shoes will last quite a while, and that’s great for a piece of athletic equipment. And when you don’t want the wheels in, you can easily pop them out and use the covers to use the shoes like normal. This makes them very versatile to take anywhere. You don’t even have to worry about changing shoes! I love that feature!

HeelysYou can get these Heelys and more at There are videos about the shoes and how to use them at I’m sure when you give your kids a pair of Heelys, they won’t have too many problems figuring them out. It’s use “old” people that need the tips! What a great way to get in shape. Go pick out your favorite pair of Heelys now.

*Disclosure: I received a pair of these shoes from Heelys through All opinions are my own.*