Heelys Review

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Bottom of left Heely shoe

Gabe Rentfrow, MVC writer

Heelys have been the world’s top wheeled shoe since 1999, when inventor Roger Adams decided to design a shoe with a wheel on the bottom
In the early 2000s, Heelys launched just before Christmas, creating a 30 second commercial that aired on MTV. After that, Heelys became the new trend. People could skate around, then turn their Heelys into a regular tennis shoe. However, after 2009, sales began to go down due to schools and parents, worried about safety problems, banning Heelys.
Heelys are still being produced today, with new designs and styles coming out consistently. The main styles for Heelys today are tennis shoes, clogs, and high tops. However, the Heelys company also has many new designs coming out. Some include Spongebob, the Simpsons, Beavis and Buthead, Rugrats, Barbie, Tommy Hilfiger, and Paul Frank.
I feel that Heelys are a great shoe to have; Heelys allow people to ride anywhere they want, and are like having a skateboard on their shoes. Heelys allow people to do some cool tricks. So far I have managed to learn simple tricks like flips, 180 turns, and riding backwards.
I do, however, think that Heelys have lost some of their original charm, as once people started saying that Heelys are dangerous, their sales went down. The problem with this is the fact the Heelys’ safety guide says to wear a helmet and knee/elbow pads, yet most kids ignored that, leading to sprains and broken bones.
I think that If people were to start using Heelys again, they would see how much better they really are. There is extra padding in the shoes so people can ride comfortably, and the wheels stick out less so people can walk in them better, which would cause less injuries.

Bottom of left Heely shoe
Showing off the American flag Heelys
Shoes with wheels get a lot of attention