Heelys



Heelys are a brand under the company Heeling Sports Limited. They are notable for their similarity to inline skates.

A Heely is essentially an ordinary shoe (trainer, sneaker), except that in their heels, the shoes have a single wheel embedded in the sole. Thus, the wearer can walk, run, or - by shifting their weight to their heels - roll. Advanced Heelys users can perform tricks such as soft braking, which is the process of lowering the front section of rear foot, gently, to increase friction and slow to a stop.

The wheel can easily be removed from the shoe, which may be done for comfort reasons or for reasons of practicality or security. Generally, 'Heeling' is considered a form of skating, and as such is usually forbidden in schools, malls and other enclosed public spaces.

The fad has slowly been gaining popularity over time. Once mastered, the shoes are a much more efficient way to get from place to place than walking, and offer a new alternative to bicycles, skates, or other alternate transportation in urban areas.

When worn daily, it typically takes about a month to master the shoes. The basics, wheeling in a straight line, can be easily learned within a few minutes. More advanced moves, like 360's, 180's, aerial trickery and the like require focus and persistence to attain.

Some tricks that can be performed on Heelys are:

* Reverse
* 180 & 360
* Cheating Death (One Foot Backwards)
* One Foot
* Reverse 180 or 360
* Spinning
* Grinds (for shoes with grind plates)
* Stalls
* Pipeline
* Split Pipeline

As of September 2005, some schools have begun to place restrictions on Heelys for safety reasons. These shoes are usually allowed but the removable wheels cannot be in place. With the wheels removed, the shoes function just like any other pair of shoes.

Some businesses; especially malls, discount retailers, warehouse stores, and grocery stores; find the shoes to be a problem and a hazard. Some children with the shoes use them in the crowded stores, thus creating a hazard to shoppers, a potential risks for falling and injury, and a problem for insurance in the store, even if they aren't at fault.

There are also health issues. A few doctors- mostly back, leg, and foot specialists –are concerned about how long-term use of Heelys may affect the developing spine and muscles of children and teens. According to these doctors, the stance that children use to ride the wheels in the back of the shoes makes the spine flex against its natural curve in the lower back. Only a few doctors have mentioned anything so far, and besides the inevitable ankle pain involved, there has been little to confirm what they have said.Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.
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