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#1 knittingkitten

Posted 02 December 2012 - 01:41 PM

DD is 7.5. She really wants the sneakers with wheels for Christmas- I think they are called Heely's?
And then, of course, I started reading a news website about how so many children have broken arms etc wearing them.

So what have been your experiences and what's the best brand if I do buy them?

#2 HRH Countrymel

Posted 02 December 2012 - 01:45 PM

Oh me too!  (for me not for a child)

Alas I have nowhere to wear them living at the end of a big long gravel road... sigh.

Shall be watching this thread with vicarious joy.

#3 ElizabethIAm

Posted 02 December 2012 - 01:48 PM

I bought a pair of them for my daughter about 18 months ago and she is now 7.5 years. She has never been able to figure them out and has never realLy been able to skate on them. She is a great roller skater and rollerblader however Heely's really from what I have seen are not the easiest things to wear and skate.

#4 #YKG

Posted 02 December 2012 - 01:57 PM

I don't have kids but after nearly being repeatedly run into at supermarkets & shopping centers due to kids wearing them I wouldn't touch them. They are not indoor "shoes" and should be treated the same way as roller skates and blades and never worn in shopping centers & supermarkets.

TBH the angle of the foot and pressure on the heel and knee can't be a good thing for developing bones & joints and imagine the stress on the bones & joints would cause problems later on

#5 kiam

Posted 02 December 2012 - 01:58 PM

I wish I could get away with wearing them to work. Wheeling trolleys of books around and light speed! I will be super librarian!


I would assume that any injuries that occur from them would be similar to rollerblade/skate injuries, maybe more frequent due to possible longer usage at one time than blades/skates, also the illusion that they are actually shoes, I have seen a child attempt (very well, I must say) stairs at the shops with them on, something you obviously wouldn't attempt with blades/skates.

#6 Guest_3Keiki_*

Posted 02 December 2012 - 02:13 PM

OP my DH was a paramedic for his entire working life and outright banned 2 things for our kids - Heelys and EVER using a skateboard, razor, skates, rollerblades et all without a helmet. Heelys are simply dangerous. And yes it mostly broken arms and wrists but toss on the occasional devasting head trauma and really why take the risk?


And just to point out DH was by no means a fun-buster, but in all his years on road that was the two things that he saw causing frequent significant harm to kids

Good luck

EFS

Edited by 3Keiki, 02 December 2012 - 02:14 PM.


#7 caitiri

Posted 02 December 2012 - 02:47 PM

My only experience with them was dodging children using them inside when went to see the penguins down at Phillip Island.   So negative, but that was more a person problem then a problem with the shoes

They looked really fun but I agree with PP's they are not proper shoes,  the kids looked really awkward trying to walk in them.

#8 Lucrezia Borgia

Posted 02 December 2012 - 02:53 PM

When I first saw the thread title I thought it was "sneakers with heels..." My first reaction was "noooooo...don't do it..."

#9 Soontobegrinch

Posted 02 December 2012 - 02:55 PM

I do see the attraction for kids but it is seriously annoying to try and share a footpath or a shopping centre walkway with them.
They are not shoes, they are roller skates and should only be used in certain locations and with the appropriate safety gear.


#10 Buggylicious

Posted 02 December 2012 - 03:02 PM

I had a pair in my teens they really hurt to just walk in them, I don't know if that was just a me issue but it felt like walking in heels.

#11 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 02 December 2012 - 03:06 PM

DD and ds LOVE theirs, dd rarely goes anywhere without them on lol. They didn't get Heeley's (too exxy) we got theirs from a market stall at the Melbourne Markets. They were $50 a pair - don't think they have a "brand".
Dd is 12 and has been wearing them since she was around 7-8 and never had an injury.
Ds is almost 6 and had his for a year.

eta - eek dd is one of the brats that tears around Coles in hers, it's the only reason she likes going shopping because the supermarket floors are the best to use them on apparently.

Edited by Mummyone1, 02 December 2012 - 03:08 PM.


#12 kittennic

Posted 02 December 2012 - 03:12 PM

QUOTE (Mummyone1 @ 02/12/2012, 01:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
DD and ds LOVE theirs, dd rarely goes anywhere without them on lol. They didn't get Heeley's (too exxy) we got theirs from a market stall at the Melbourne Markets. They were $50 a pair - don't think they have a "brand".
Dd is 12 and has been wearing them since she was around 7-8 and never had an injury.
Ds is almost 6 and had his for a year.

eta - eek dd is one of the brats that tears around Coles in hers, it's the only reason she likes going shopping because the supermarket floors are the best to use them on apparently.

Just a bit off topic, but how do your kids wear their shoes for so long? Mine outgrow theirs rather quickly...

#13 Niamh23

Posted 02 December 2012 - 03:15 PM

They are so annoying in shopping centers. And it is really dangerous and inconsiderate to let kids wheel around on them in public areas, that's just asking for trouble.

Forged by Lucifer himself!!

#14 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 02 December 2012 - 03:20 PM

QUOTE (kittennic @ 02/12/2012, 04:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Just a bit off topic, but how do your kids wear their shoes for so long? Mine outgrow theirs rather quickly...


What do you mean?  unsure.gif  

DD has had several pairs over the years - dh and dd go to Melb from SA every year for basketball and they go specifically to buy them for DD.

Didn't realise I needed to be so specific. wacko.gif

Ds is still wearing his first pair blink.gif

#15 CallMeFeral

Posted 02 December 2012 - 03:29 PM

I think my nephews got the Heelies brand. They LOVE them. Annoy me as they are constantly asking to be 'towed', but they haven't had any broken bones thus far - I think they got them about a year ago.  Haven't seen them in them lately so perhaps they've outgrown.

#16 mumto3princesses

Posted 02 December 2012 - 03:54 PM

My girls don't have Heelies but they do have sneakers with 4 wheels that pop out when you press the buttons and they clip back in to walk. I found them good as they don't need to change shoes if they want to ride them. They can walk in them until they get to where they want to ride and clip them back in when they are finished. We don't do them at shopping centres etc.

No broken bones on them *touch wood*. My girls all do gymnastics and have never broken a bone doing any gymnastics moves at all but DD#1 broke 2 bones in her arm just by walking and tripping over a few years ago.

#17 scarfie

Posted 02 December 2012 - 05:52 PM

DS2 got them for Christmas last year as he was desperate!  He has never been able to work out how to use them, so they are still like new.



#18 Soontobegrinch

Posted 02 December 2012 - 06:47 PM

QUOTE (Mummyone1 @ 02/12/2012, 04:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
eta - eek dd is one of the brats that tears around Coles in hers, it's the only reason she likes going shopping because the supermarket floors are the best to use them on apparently.


Not wanting to be the fun police but honestly do you think the supermarket is the right environment to be what is effectively roller skating?
Sorry but outside on the footpath, at the park maybe but inside dodging customers is just a PITA.
Our supermarket seems to attract them and I know that I am not the only shopper trying to sidestep kids on wheels.

#19 ~ky~

Posted 02 December 2012 - 08:26 PM

My kids had them and really never figured them out. THey were heavy, clunky and just downright annoying. We ended up throwing them out.

#20 #YKG

Posted 02 December 2012 - 10:43 PM

QUOTE (soontobegran @ 02/12/2012, 07:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Not wanting to be the fun police but honestly do you think the supermarket is the right environment to be what is effectively roller skating?
Sorry but outside on the footpath, at the park maybe but inside dodging customers is just a PITA.
Our supermarket seems to attract them and I know that I am not the only shopper trying to sidestep kids on wheels.



100% agree with this. My local supermarket tells kids and parents to either tuck the wheels back in or take them off. If asked twice they are then asked to leave the store. It's a safety issue there are very young, very old, trolleys, flat tops, cages, staff and other customers around that could be caused injury due to kids flying around the supermarket on these shoes.

#21 Ferelsmegz

Posted 02 December 2012 - 10:50 PM

Hmmm… might have to get some for my DD - she's forever taking her skates on and off - might be the easier way to go about it...

#22 kittennic

Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:57 PM

QUOTE (Mummyone1 @ 02/12/2012, 01:20 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
What do you mean?  unsure.gif  

DD has had several pairs over the years - dh and dd go to Melb from SA every year for basketball and they go specifically to buy them for DD.

Didn't realise I needed to be so specific. wacko.gif

Ds is still wearing his first pair blink.gif

Ah original.gif Sorry I thought you meant she had one pair for about 4 years and I just didn't get it. Sorry...I didn't mean to be offensive!

#23 *Lib*

Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:59 PM

My DD has them. She wears them shopping but I make her hold onto the trolley, If someone tells her to put them away she does. She's only ever fallen over once, that was on our front step. I got them from Target.

This is what they are like:
http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/cessnock/to...hoes/1009404229

Edited by *Lib*, 03 December 2012 - 10:04 PM.


#24 ChunkyChook

Posted 04 December 2012 - 08:09 AM

DP just HAD to have a pair a couple of years back. I think he wore them once. Being a skater boy and all I thought he would have gotten more than one wear out of them.



#25 2bundles

Posted 04 December 2012 - 12:19 PM

DS got them when he was 6. Never figured them out. Dd now has them and can't use them either. They only have 1 wheel. I think the ones with 2 wheels would be easier. Will need a helmet when learning.




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