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post #1 of 18
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What are your opinions on Heeley's? Are they really dangerous? My daughter wants a pair so bad. She's 6 1/2 and has been ice skating and inline skating for quite sometime now. I *think* she could control them. Do any of your kids have them and are they worth the $$. Do they sell knock offs? The only pair I've seen was at a sporting goods store for $79!
post #2 of 18
I hate them but I think it depends on how the parents educate their kids. My biggest fear is them sliding into a moving car. When we were at Petsmart a few weeks ago, this kid darted out, fell and almost went under DH's car. It happened all too fast.
post #3 of 18
what are they? Some sort of rollerblade?
post #4 of 18
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Originally Posted by Crazyforinfo View Post
I hate them but I think it depends on how the parents educate their kids. My biggest fear is them sliding into a moving car. When we were at Petsmart a few weeks ago, this kid darted out, fell and almost went under DH's car. It happened all too fast.
Oh, wow, that must have been pretty scary. It's hard for Amber to forget that she wants a pair when you see them on just about every kid around here.
post #5 of 18
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what are they? Some sort of rollerblade?

They are basically tennis shoes that have a wheel in the heel portion of the shoe that is retractable. Isn't that right?
post #6 of 18
<<They are basically tennis shoes that have a wheel in the heel portion of the shoe that is retractable. Isn't that right?>>

Yep. Actually I think in the newer ones the wheels can come in and out. We went to a friend's house yesterday, and her 2 oldest kids had them.

My youngest would love a pair. She also wanted an iPod for Christmas (which she got). I can't see spending $50+ for a PAIR OF SHOES that will last 1 season. So, I said they could get it with their own money, and that wasn't quite as much fun

As far as being dangerous, they're only as dangerous as the parents let them. The kids can't wear the wheels to school. There was a note sent home at the beginning of the year saying that. There's a couple of stores that don't allow them either.
post #7 of 18
Heeley's have been banned in some of the schools here. They are dangerous on some surfaces like the shiny floors in school hallways. The kids feet go out from under them and they wack their head.
I have a problem with them because I figure they lead to bad posture, not picking up your feet and I might be vendictive in my 29 years on this earth but if your can't get your lazy arse to walk without wheels, natural selection has not worked.
post #8 of 18
Bizarre. Sort of like discreet roller skates.
post #9 of 18
I don't have a problem with them - my cousins have them and they aren't that dangerous. The only thing I don't like is when I see kids using them in shopping malls, darting in and out of people in the crowd. My cousins use them only in areas that are okay- and safe.
post #10 of 18
mine wanted the heeleys aswell , but i wasnt willing to spend that amount of money for them , they have rollerskates , inline skates ,bikes and scooters. so i told them they could have the ones that go on to the shoes with 2 weels , one either side? much cheeper and the weels lights up. we had a few mishaps when they first got them , but there really good on them now.
post #11 of 18
I hate hate hate them! I was in Lowe's sunday trying to pick out some doors and these stupid little kids were running around skating in and out of isles and peaple and it drives me crazy. Parents don't care but I don't want to be dodging kids while I am shopping.
post #12 of 18
My mom (age 81) and I (age 51) both would looooove to have them.
post #13 of 18
Oh dear i've seen them here. Little boys and young teens love to scare the crap out of people going from walking to sliding into everyone *sighs*
post #14 of 18
My 7 yr old wants them. I refuse to buy them but the hubby wants to get him a pair. There are 2 reasons I will not buy them:

1: My kids are clumsy. They can not walk or play without falling and hurting themselves. There fore those heely's are just an accident waiting to happen.

2: I won't buy things like that because all the other kids have them. Which is the main reason he wants them is because he sees other kids wearing them. I can not afford to buy 70 dollar shoes for my kids that they will grow out of in less than a year.
post #15 of 18
I hate them! Even the nicest kids seem to turn into obnoxious little devils when they wear those things. Maybe it is just because so many kids around here have them and the parents would not control them. They are banned in most places here. Stores around here won't allow them in or around the building, as well as the mall. I saw a boy about 8 years old flying around on them in a beauty salon of all places and knock down an elderly client.
post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by Sibohan2005 View Post
I might be vendictive in my 29 years on this earth but if your can't get your lazy arse to walk without wheels, natural selection has not worked.
Amen!

Personally, I can't stand them. I've yet to see a child use them responsibly and I've seen a lot of near-misses. Besides that, most people don't seem to be able to pay attention to where they're going when they're walking -- how much more dangerous is it for them not to pay attention when they're zipping around on these things?
post #17 of 18
There was an article about them on the news here in the UK.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/6290085.stm
post #18 of 18
Alot of the malls around here have banned them.
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