I had the opportunity to relive my childhood and try out a pair of Heelys. I ordered a size big enough for me but would also fit my ten year old son. Yes, I have tiny feet. We ended up ordering the White on White shoes. When I told him we were getting a pair of Heelys, he gave me a big smile but then said, "But I don't know how to skate." I told him that we would learn together.
When our Heelys arrived, I don't know who was more excited, me or my son. We opened the box and the first thing we noticed was the directions on how to insert the wheels. It's right on the inside of the top of the box. The wheels were attached to the Heelys with a plastic cord and the wheels were in a bag. It was very easy to remove the plug to put the wheels on. Make sure you save the plugs so you can wear your Heelys as shoes when you are not Heeling around.
Next, it was time to try to do some Heeling. I don't know what I was thinking when I put the Heelys on. I thought I would be able to just whiz around the kitchen and living room but that's not what happened. I was able to get the front foot up but for some reason I could NOT get my back toes up to Heel around. I tried for two weeks straight before I gave up and let my son have a go.
He put on the Heelys, took a deep breath, and pushed off for a few seconds. Hey, he made it longer than I did. He still needs some practice but he is getting it. He told me that he is going to practice every day! I'm just hoping he doesn't break a limb in the process.
If you want to learn how to use Heelys, they have some pretty helpful videos that you can watch on General Heelys Skating Info. I watched a couple of the beginner videos before I tried but I still can't get it. Maybe I need some more practice.
I'm thinking that maybe we should have ordered the shoes with the double wheels instead of the single heel wheel to start off with. Maybe it would have been easier to get the hang of Heeling. Either way it's fun!
Another thing I wanted to mention is that Heelys offers a Heelys Safety Playbook that you can read via pdf. It goes over how to stay safe while enjoying your new Heelys! Again, very helpful tips for parents who are thinking of getting a pair for their child. You can never be too safe right?
Everyone knows that the day after Thanksgiving is the unofficial Christmas Shopping kickoff day. With that in mind, Heelys is throwing a Black Friday special!! Between Nov 25-Nov 28, Buy any pair of Heelys, get the second pair for $25. Or buy a Nano, and get a pair of shoes for $25, and get free ground shipping on all orders!
Disclosure: Thank you to Heelys for sending me a pair to review. I received no other compensation for this post. All opinions are 100% my own and are based on my own experience with the product.