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Heelys Kids Shoes- Is Your Child In Danger?

Kids Heelys Shoes

Heelys have been a trendy Christmas present, and the craze about them continues to rise.  With obesity becoming a major concern among young children, people say that their children are better off “heeling” than watching TV and playing video games. Children love Heelys, and every time they come to the shoe store with their parents, they won’t leave without asking if they can get a pair of Heelys! Most parents tell them NO and say they will think about it just to get out of it as soon as possible!

The funny thing is that those children will come back to the shoe store with their grandparents the next time, who are more than happy to please their grandchildren, even if they don’t have a clue of what Heelys are! That’s how most children get their first pair of Heelys!

I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for the last ten years. We specialize in children with foot and leg problems, but we also provide regular shoe fittings as well. I have fitted thousands of shoes and I am familiar with which shoe brands and which shoe styles are better than others.

So, let’s clarify what Heelys are. In a few words, Heelys is a brand of shoes that roll. These shoes come with a removable wheel embedded in the sole of the shoes, which allows children to walk, run, or roll by shifting their weight to the heels. Sounds complicated, doesn’t it? Maybe to us, the adults, but children have no problem learning how use these shoes.

In this article I will describe the best heelys kids’ shoes. 

Parents And Grandparents – Let’s Clarify What Heelys Are

Heelys are shoes with an integral wheel embedded into the heel of the shoe. There is an integrated hole in the heel of the shoe where the wheel can be popped out whenever the child is ready to roll around, and can be put back whenever the child wants to walk or run. They are heavier shoes compared to the regular tennis shoes your child might be used to wearing, but at the same time they are very sturdy.

One of the most common questions parents ask is if they are putting their children at risk if they purchase this type of shoe. The answer is: Yes and No. While Heelys have been a contributing cause to many childrens’ foot and leg injuries, if proper instructions are followed and protective gear is worn, your child will have no problem wearing these shoes.Girls Heelys Shoes

I have been working at a children’s shoe store for over 5 years now, and we specialize in children that have foot and leg problems. We are one of the best children’s shoe stores in the country, and we understand the importance of well-fitted shoes.

We will NEVER fit a child in a pair of shoes that will compromise the health of his foot or leg. We always emphasize to parents and grandparents the importance of following the instructions when getting a pair of Heelys.

Rolling In Heelys- Are They A Direct Cause Of Children’s Injuries?

Injuries From Heelys

Did you know that due to safety concerns, several schools and shopping malls have banned Heelys? A lot of people believe that children are at risk of suffering sprains and fractures when “heeling”.

Studies have actually shown that this type of footwear puts children at an increased risk of suffering injuries.

In all fairness “heeling” is no less dangerous than skating or roller boarding, but I strongly believe that “a shoe should be a shoe, and a toy should be a toy.”

Football, basketball, and bicycle accidents are the most common causes of fractures among children. Studies show that the children who suffered most of the injuries from Heely’s did not follow the instructions or wear the suggested protection.

Can My Child Wear His Heelys As His Everyday Shoes?

No, I wouldn’t recommend wearing Heelys as everyday shoes since Heelys tend to be much  heavier  and less flexible than your kids’ regular running sneakers. You need to look at Heelys as a pair of fashion shoes! If you are thinking of getting your child a pair of Heelys, you should strongly consider getting them a pair of everyday sneakers also.

Childrens’ Heelys – Getting A Pair For Your Child

If your children have been asking you for Heelys for some time now, and you promised them that they could have them, then be prepared. Provide your child with safety gear when using their Heelys in skate mode. The manufacturer even states that children should wear a helmet, wrist guards, knee pads, and elbow pads when using their Heelys skate shoes. Sounds pretty scary, right?

Don’t worry, we have fitted hundreds of these roller shoes and we haven’t had a single issue with them. This reminds me that getting the right size is crucial to keep your child’s stability and comfort when wearing the shoe. Are you not sure if your child is wearing the correct shoe size? I wrote a post where I explain how to make sure your child is wearing the correct shoe size. The post is called:

How To Measure Kids Shoe Size From Home – In Less Than 30 Seconds!


Where Buy Heelys Shoes

Having Fun In Heelys – Read The Instructions!

Before your child starts using Heelys, make sure you go over the instructions with him/her. Reading the instructions is a step that parents often overlook. Go to and watch their how-to videos and in-store lessons. Emphasize the importance of protective gear to your child, like a helmet and wrist pads. Think of Heelys as skates rather than sneakers!

Below is a set of guidelines that you should recommend your child follow when wearing Heely’s:

  • Always wear safety gear.
  • Don’t wear Heelys in skate mode in or near traffic, on uneven surfaces, or on the stairs. You also might avoid injuries by telling your kids to not go heeling in crowded areas.
  • Always make sure the wheels are tightly secure in the shoes and that the shoe laces are not untied (if your child doesn’t know how to tie his shoes yet, I wrote a post where I explain the best proven method to teach kids how to tie shoes. The post is called:

How To Teach A Child To Tie His Shoes – Follow These Easy Steps

Do I Recommend Heelys? Use Your Best Judgment as a Parent!

As with every other shoe I review, I either have fitted it myself or worn it. With Heely’s, I did both.  I came to the conclusion that they are extremely heavy sneakers and they should not be worn as  everyday shoes. I do not like the idea of children “wheeling around” since this usually leads to less waking throughout the day. I believe sneakers should encourage children to walk, run, and be active!

Parents should be able to use their good judgment when it comes to Heelys. Most things out there can be dangerous, and we can not protect our children from everything. If you want to provide your child with a pair of Heelys, then you can do it, but understand that these shoes should not be worn exclusively!

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Cheapest Heelys Shoes- Where Can You Buy Heelys?

Since this should not be your child’s primary piece of footwear you probably do not want to invest tons of money on it.  There is a particular style named the Bolt which I have fitted before.  It is lightweight and one of the most affordable ones among this brand. Amazon offers the best price with FREE returns on certain sizes and colors.

Please remember that is always best to take your child to your local kids’ shoe store to have his feet properly measured. If you don’t have a local kids’ shoe store that you trust, below you can find a selection of the best Heelys shoes for kids’:

All of these shoe styles fit “short”, which means that you need to go a whole size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.

Has your child been asking you for a pair of Heelys? Are you afraid that he/she might get hurt? Have you had any experience with your child falling down and hurting himself due to wearing Heelys? Please share your thoughts and comments below so we can all benefit from your experiences!

Now that you know which are the best heelys kids’ shoes you are ready to make the most informative decision!

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10 Comments on Heelys Kids Shoes- Is Your Child In Danger?

  1. I think that each parent has to be the judge on how unsafe this type of shoe will be for their child. I would think that if a child is good on a skate board then they would probably be okay with the shoes. However, if a child is a little less on the athletic side then it probably would be an accident waiting to happen.

    • Gloria,

      I agree! It all comes down to the parents using their best judgment! If they decide to get their children a pair, wearing all the safety gear recommended will keep their children safer!

  2. This is great resource. Its not something I have come across before but the level of detail you’ve shared makes me think perhaps most people including myself doesn’t think too seriously when choosing the right shoe. Can you recommend a good running/gym shoe for those who have flat feet?

    • Sunny,

      Thank you for those encouraging words. Is it you that have flat feet or your children? If your children have flat feet I would start by taking them to a physical therapist. Depending of the level of pronation, they might recommend a good supportive running shoe or an orthotic. Do you have a children shoe store in your area that you trust? Follow up with me, I am here to answer any other question that you might have.

  3. When I first saw Heelys I was quite fascinated by them. How cool they looked! What fun! Why weren’t they around when I was a kid!?

    But… as you say, many things are a little dangerous and whether you are skating or whatever, precautions need to be used.

    I’m not so sure kids are into precautions, but I think the parent would have a fairly good idea if the child would go crazy on them or not.

    So I say… let the parent decide, and then let them deal with the consequences. I would insist though on protective clothing as it can really hurt otherwise. I know… been there and done that!

    • Marilyn,

      I agree with you that they do look pretty cool! It all comes down to the parents using their best judgment. They know their kids, and they know what their children are capable of doing. Wearing protective gear is something we all should be on the same page on.

  4. I have been researching heelys as my grandson wants a pair. I am concerned that he may injure himself by not abiding by the instructions. Adults can’t watch their child all the time. I abppreciate your post on the heely kids shoes and has helped make a decision. What age do you think a child would be able to use them properly?

    • Christine,

      I don’t believe there is a set age to start wearing Heelys. I wouldn’t recommend it for a child who is 6 years old or younger,but again, it varies from child to child. Keep in mind that any individual, no matter what age, will have a hard time wearing Heelys if he/she does not follow the instructions properly.

  5. My kids have been begging for these shoes. Their school says they are not allowed and so I have used that as my “excuse”. My kids are very high energy and active. I might be more open to the shoes if they weren’t. Both have roller skates, skateboards and scooters. Plenty of wheels!

    • llyssa,

      If you are worried about them hurting themselves, stay away from Heelys. You can keep using the school “excuse”. You can maybe compromise and get them fun shoes, such as light up shoes. I am sure they will be happy about that 🙂

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