Heelys – WHY?

Heelys_2While we’re on the subject of the fashion crime that is Crocs, let’s just have a brief word about Heelys. I’d ban Heelys in a New York minute – not for any particular fashion-related reason (what kids choose to wear may be a mystery to me, but it’s not one I care to unravel), but because if one more kid comes barreling into me because they were whizzing along the supermarket floor on their Heelys and they didn’t know how to stop, I won’t be responsible for my actions.

Now I keep on stumbling across all of these Shock Horror! reports on how Heelys could actually be – get this – dangerous! No! Ya don’t say? Not so long ago, a woman who lives near Fashion Police HQ tried to sue Heelys because her kid broke an arm while wearing them. Now, surely it must have occurred to this woman that wearing shoes with heels on the soles could be just a wee bit dangerous, no? But no: the parents keep on letting their kids wear ’em and the kids keep on getting hurt, or hurting other people. I say ban them for general use, but let them still wear them under the same kinds of rules kids wear rollerblades – i.e. you’d wear them for fun, but you wouldn’t wear them out shopping.

Who’s with me?

9 Comments

  • October 15, 2007

    Olivia

    I am with you 100%. I usually encounter such behaviour at the mall with kids whizzing by me in the Gap nearly knocking me down while their parents stand by clueless. I don’t have any kids but if I did they would not be wearing heelies except outside where they belong. Some stores in Texas have banned them. Thank God!

    View Comment
  • October 15, 2007

    Melissa

    Ugh, I hate Heelys as well. Kids wheeling by, just oblivious to everyone else…cars, people, etc. Their parents just walking 10 feet behind them, either not paying attention or going, “Now honey, watch where you are going.” but not doing anything while their kids are knocking people over. Grrr…ban them all. If you can’t wear rollerblades or ride a skateboard in a store, you shouldn’t be wearing Heelys either.

    View Comment
  • October 16, 2007

    Em

    Totally with you. Those things are a just an accident waiting to happen. And I’m less concerned about a kid breaking his arm in them (after all kids heal fast) than I am that some kid in Heelys is going to mow down a toddler or an old lady.

    View Comment
  • October 16, 2007

    Bunnie

    We even have this problem in Australia, although not to the same degree. I was shopping in Sydney the other day, when a blonde girl when whizzing past to her mother, heading towards the ESCALATOR! of all things.
    Thankfully she knew how to control them, as she only demounted as she got to the escalator, or it could’ve been a real unhappy ending. Those escalators were very steep, too..
    I don’t have a problem with kids wearing them to the park, but their use in shopping centres and in city streets should be banned. Imagine the damage if they knocked down a brittle old lady? (as the previous poster stated)
    It’s the safety of others that annoys me more. These things are technically rollerblades, and rollerblades are banned in stores.

    View Comment
  • October 16, 2007

    Caroline

    With you all the way. I have had that many near-misses with kids now I can spot their slightly rolling walk (when not in full use) a good 100 yards away – yes, I have in fact developed heely-dar. Ridiculous, dangerous things – however did they pass health and safety??

    View Comment
  • October 28, 2007

    Meg

    I work at an art museum. Needless to say, I’m more than happy to have them vanish off the face of the planet, along with the idiot who thought they’d be a swell idea.
    Thanks a lot, jerk.

    View Comment
  • October 28, 2007

    Meg

    I work at an art museum. Needless to say, I’m more than happy to have them vanish off the face of the planet, along with the idiot who thought they’d be a swell idea.
    Thanks a lot, jerk.

    View Comment
  • October 28, 2007

    Meg

    I work at an art museum. Needless to say, I’m more than happy to have them vanish off the face of the planet, along with the idiot who thought they’d be a swell idea.
    Thanks a lot, jerk.

    View Comment
  • June 8, 2009

    Morgan

    Thank God the daycare I work at has banned them.

    View Comment