Ask The Fashion Police: Should a 21-year-old wear Heelys?

From our Formspring page:

Q. I am 21 years old. What do you think about wearing Heelys shoes (the shoes with wheels on the bottom)? Are they acceptable on a non-work day?

A. We must admit, we were a little puzzled by this one. Why would an adult WANT to wear Heelys, we wondered? If it’s because you think it might be fun to zoom around on wheels, well, they make rollerblades for that, and we bet they’re more fun than a pair of Heelys (although we’ve never actually put this theory to the test), without making you look like you’re dressed as a toddler. If, on the other hand, it’s simply that you like the look of them, again, there are lots of sneakers out there for adults, and they won’t make you look like a toddler either.

Heelys, on the other hand? Will make you look like you’re dressed as a toddler.  If you’re OK with that, then we’re OK with that too: we’re not a REAL police force after all. (And our opinion on Heelys is quite possibly clouded by the number of  times we’ve been almost knocked over by kids wearing the things in the supermarket.)

What do our readers think, though? What would you think if you saw an adult in Heelys? Maybe you wear them yourself? Do share…

[Heelys image: SkateHut.co.uk]

20 Comments

  • April 28, 2010

    Julia

    Being knocked over by an infant in Heelys is bad enough-imagine being knocked over by a full grown person…
    .-= Julia´s last blog ..Bubbles – Biffy Clyro =-.

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  • April 28, 2010

    Katie

    If I saw an adult in Heelys, I would give them a high-five and tell them how awesome they are. Yes, I like Heelys. I almost wish I had a pair, but my past encounters with skates haven’t been very good, so I’ll leave them to the more balanced people out there.

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    • April 28, 2010

      Rock Hyrax

      Me too! (Though a woman whose top with a baby reindeer motif I complimented today looked at me as if I was either mad or mocking her.)

      When I see children on Heelys I secretly wish I was wearing them too, though I have noticed some places do ban them so you’d have to carry spare shoes around with you, like when you’re wearing killer heels.

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      • June 26, 2014

        William Tippins

        Well, when you need to go to places where they’re NOT banned, I’d say try a pair for yourself. It’s great exercise and fun. Perhaps you can join the fun with those kids lol

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        • June 26, 2014

          The Fashion Police

          I’m pretty sure William works for Heelys, so I wouldn’t take any of his many comments on the subject as “impartial” advice. I really hope Heelys aren’t spamming my website, because that would make them look incredibly unprofessional, I can’t really see why anyone would just randomly want to spend so much time trying to convince people to visit the Heelys website…

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  • April 28, 2010

    Amee

    No. Heelys should never have even been invented in the first place. But perhaps I to have been influenced by badly behaved children wheeling around on annoying shoes.

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    • June 26, 2014

      William Tippins

      They’re just wanting to put some fun into a situation they may not like. And besides, heelys are great exercise and fun! Try them yourself, because they’re coming back, and are better, more stylish and safer than ever before!

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  • April 28, 2010

    K

    I agree with Amee. But I’m more worried about the kids than upset with them. It is oh-so-easy to hurt yourself with these shoes. Rollerblades and rollerskates have brakes on them. Stopping with these shoes on? Fuggettabaddit!
    If I saw anyone over 12 wearing these, I’d assume they were in some way mentally disabled. Harsh, but true.
    .-= K´s last blog ..Damn =-.

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    • June 26, 2014

      William Tippins

      Actually, there are two methods of braking. A- lift the heel of your back foot and drag it along the floor until you’ve come to a complete stop. (Heelys have non-marking soles, so the places where they skate don’t have to worry about their floors getting messed up)

      B-Lower your front foot when it contacts the ground and just run at a gradually-decreasing pace until you’ve stopped. I don’t recommend this method, but it’s useful to prevent someone learning to use heelys from falling forward.

      And lastly, I wish everyone would stop saying negative comments about heelys. Recognize them as a way to get kids interested in running errands, away from the television. Not only is it healthy for them, but it puts much more fun into their lives. And when a kid has more fun, it builds up their personal spirit and sense of humor, which will be VERY important for them when they become adults.

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  • April 28, 2010

    Marianne S.

    I don’t like Heelys on anyone. They’re just wrong for adults, and children invariably skate around indoors in them, and their parents pay no attention, forcing me to say things like “Please don’t skate in the store.” No. Roller skates are roller skates, and are fine for skating in appropriate venues. Sneakers are sneakers, and fine for their own list of activities. But never the twain should meet.

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  • April 28, 2010

    etinca

    I think I’m with Katie! Yes, they’re juvenile looking. But, sometimes in the mall when the 2 stores I want to go to are at opposite ends, I’ve wished for some. Or at a place like disneyland when I’ve been walking most of the day. Hopefully an adult would be a little more aware of the other people than the tots are.

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  • April 28, 2010

    Emily

    Unacceptable under all circumstances. And for the record, I am also 21 years old.

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  • April 28, 2010

    Ash

    19 years old here. If I saw someone over the age of 10 wearing heelys I would think they are mentally challanged. Those thing are big and chunky and you cant even work out in them to make up for the ugliness.

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    • June 26, 2014

      William Tippins

      U think they’re ugly? Have u ever seen crocs now those are the ugliest shoes EVER! And besides, you should go on heelys’ website and check out their latest styles. They are so cute, especially on kids’ feet lol. Even ADULTS are buying some for themselves now. It’s not laziness, it’s exercise and speeding up routines in life that will end up giving you more time to do what you want later.

      If you’re mind changes a little after looking at the newer styles, try them yourself.

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  • April 28, 2010

    Shinygirl

    I’d be embarrassed for anyone over the age of say… 12… who was wearing heelies.

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  • April 29, 2010

    Melanie

    No. Just no. At twentyone youre too old to get away with these heinous things… even at age ten youre too old. Besides what happens one day when you inevitably wear them out to the bar with your friends? wheeling home wont be so fun

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  • April 29, 2010

    missusm

    and whatever for?i find it annoying when kids skating not in a proper place, and i would loath adults who do that. cept you’re going to a skate park and too lazy to bring a real pair of rollerskates, i strongly suggest to forget about it and if you really need something to remind you of your childhood, id recommend tamagotchi.
    .-= missusm´s last blog ..Getting Busy =-.

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  • April 29, 2010

    Miranda

    i would say really rude things under my breath about an adult in heelys…just like i do about the obnoxious kids.

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  • August 29, 2011

    James

    I’m thinking of getting Heelys and I’m 18.
    Honestly don’t let these boring, dismally, bitter people put you down.
    The point of life is to have fun. Live it how you see fit. Ignore the negativity. It’s usually brought upon through either jealousy or insecurity.

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    • June 13, 2012

      Afiqah

      I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU JAMES!!! Zooming around is really fun as long as we dont hurt others 😀 oh and you people who totally disagree, there’s something called detachable wheels… When wheels aren’t needed, we can keep them and the sneakers would look awesome just like that. Come on, just have some fun people!

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