Heelie Sneakers

United States
March 26, 2007 3:58pm CST
Do your kids have a pair of those Heelie Sneakers? You know, the sneakers with the little wheels on them? How do you feel about these, do you think they are dangerous? I was at the supermarket this morning and saw a sign on the door that prohibits Heelies in the store.
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14 responses
@fpd1955 (2075)
• United States
26 Mar 07
I agree they shouldn't be allowed in stores. They can be dangerous to the kids and the people they run in to while going too fast. Imagine a kid wheeling toward the end of an aisle as someone is turning in to that aisle with their shopping cart. Because the kid is going faster than walking, it could be a serious accident. Kids can walk while they are in a store or mall. It is good exercise.
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@fpd1955 (2075)
• United States
4 Aug 07
TY for best response. I have been noticing alot of these sneakers on kids in busy public places lately. Thankfully, all of the kids have been well behaved with them and stick close to their slower moving parents. PEACE
@KrisNY (7591)
• United States
26 Mar 07
Oh they are all the Rage-- My daughter has a pair-- she is out growing them and is in need of a new pair. She loves them.. Most of her friends have them- I honestly see nothing wrong with them-- When the kids are being careful-- Careful kids? lol.. I can see how some stores would ban them-- Kids can fall easily with them and I guess they could go against the stores insurance. I have seen some security guards at the malls stopping kids from going so fast! My daughter is careful.. At least when I'm with her!
@kurtbiewald (2627)
• United States
26 Mar 07
those are cool I have seen them, I was wishing they had them when I was a kid.
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• United States
26 Mar 07
They do look like fun, but I also think they can be very dangerous.
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• United States
27 Mar 07
Heelie's are dangerous, and they are a orthopedic doctors dream. Heelies are posing a lot of growth problems in the kids that are wearing them all the time. The heel,foot, and leg bones are not growing properly. The way the foot is angled with the wheels in place are placing a lot of undue forces on the bones. I work in a pediatric dental office, and there are soooo many kids that come in and "roll" around the office. I hate them. And when your in the stores (that still allow them), the zoom by you, and I am just waiting for the day that all stores ban them. You can't rollerskate or skateboard, or use you bike in a store.... So, why should you be able to "heelie" through the store. Get your kids a nice pair of sneakers that will help their feet develop normally, and let them get some real excercise....
@breepeace (3022)
• Canada
26 Mar 07
Hate them. I see kids in the malls on those silly things, colliding with people or falling all the time and I think it's ridiculous that they're so commonplace. They have rules against rollerblades in most malls/shops for a reason, and I think those silly shoes fall directly under that. And I totally agree with the comments about obesity -- isn't it enough of an epidemic?
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@MakDomMom (1474)
• United States
26 Mar 07
My children do not have these (oldest is 5), but my sister-in-law has a pair. I cannot stand them!!! I think they are yet another way for the kids to get less excercise.
@breezie (1247)
• Canada
28 Mar 07
Quite a few kids here have them and my 8 year old desperately wants a pair. I can't see me buying them for her though. She goes through shoes like crazy and they are $129 here. More than I want to spend on shoes she will only wear for a few months. I would be afraid that she would hurt herself or someone else.
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• United States
28 Mar 07
Ouch! I didn't realize they were that expensive.
@jchampany (1131)
• United States
26 Mar 07
I don't know that they are any more dangerous than kids wearing skates or roller blades, scooters or bikes, etc. I do however find them annoying. I can't stand it when kids go rolling around everywhere they are. Most of them I see are in stores or malls and these kids are not paying attention to where they are going.
@flowerchilde (12533)
• United States
11 Aug 07
My grand daughter has a pair of them, but they are already old hat anymore.. I think she got tired of putting the wheels in and out, and her favorite places like the supermarket, as you say seem to be frowning upon it.. I think they bar their use, just in case.. So they won't be liable if someone gets knocked over and injured..
• United States
7 Aug 07
My kids are "too old" for them at 15 and 18 but they had similar things when they were younger. I don't think they're any more dangerous than other "toys" as long as the child is careful.
@irishmist (3818)
• United States
7 Aug 07
None of my 3 grandkids have a pair of Heelie Sneakers, and they never will have them. I saw a show on TV about them. I really didn't care for them, and thank god my grandkids have no intrest in them. Nowadays it's anything to make a buck.
@mgmagana (3621)
• United States
4 Aug 07
well i think they're like skates, so i do think they're dangerous if u don't know how to ride them, we bought my 2 boys some b/c they wanted some, and they fell way too much then didn't even want them, so we took them back to the store, i won't buy them again!
@PunkyMcPunk (1477)
• Canada
4 Aug 07
I hate these things. Thank god my son is still too little and this fad will have gone before he is old enough to want them. A lot fo stores are banning them because as many people on here have pointed out, they are dangerous, kids then don't have full control of themselves and they can bump into shelves and hurt themselves or bump someone else back into the shelves. The stores also don't like these little wheelie shoes because they leave marks and scuff up the floors this means they have to have the cleaner people work harder meaning it costs more money to clean the floors after the wheeled shoes. A lot of people have pointed out that they do add to laziness. Walking is healthy and can be fun! Also I would be concerned about the warping of the foot or the bones. Because although the wheelie part is the the rubber I'm sure if you put your foot solidly on the ground it would be "humpy". If you do this enough then I know it could warp your foot which in turn would affect how you walk.
@bowtieguy (5917)
• United States
22 Jul 07
I do not like them as they seem to encourage kind to wear sneakers.