Zach has wanted a pair of Heelys since they came out. Every time they’re on TV, or he sees them on another kid, or he sees them in a shoe store, he’s reminded he wants a pair. It’s been years. The mean ol’ mom I am, I have refused. I just could not justify the cost considering that Zach could only use the wheel part at home. I have been converted. Zach I think has been disenchanted.
As a parent and consumer, Heelys are really well constructed for every day wear. I wouldn’t recommend them for gym class since the sole isn’t very flexible, but otherwise a very well made shoe. Huge bonus points to Heelys because they don’t slip on Zach’s heels. His feet are like mine, and we both have narrow heels with a wider toe box to try and fit. It’s not easy for us to find shoes, but Zach finds the Heelys comfortable. To a mom who often has to sit while her son tries on every pair a store will have in his size, and still walk out empty handed, that alone is worth the price of the shoes.
Some parents may have some reservations about the safety of Heelys. Honestly, I make my son treat them like a pair of roller skates. To me, that’s what they are – a cool, newer version of a skate. This means that the same safety precautions should be taken. Given how things went the first several times out, I wouldn’t be beyond suggesting knee, wrist, and elbow pads as well as a skate helmet (I’ve been asked to not show the video by my son).
If you have a child who gets frustrated easily, you may want to reconsider a Heelys purchase. Zach, being an Aspie, is very black and white in his thinking. He thought that he should be able to go right out there and be a pro. He didn’t care about the Skate 101 Guide either. When he wasn’t, he was extremely angry. He decided that after one time of not being able to skate in the Heelys meant he’d never ever ever be able to do it. I also think in Zach’s case the Heelys provided him with a new sensory experience that he thought he was ready for until he was actually out there with the shoes on his feet. In cases like this, I would suggest to parents to know their child. Just because you think it will be fun for your child, take into consideration their tolerance level for learning new things, and maybe even sensory needs. If you’re just looking for a well constructed shoe for your child to wear, I would say that Heelys without putting the wheels in will provide this.
*A pair of Heelys was provided to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.