My boys are no pros by any means, but they've had tons of fun with Heelys. Heelys are lightweight athletic skate shoes with a wheel inside the heel. They are the only shoes with a single or double wheel in the heel that allows the wearers to go from walking to rolling simply by shifting their weight to their heels.
I received a pair of Heelys for review. I selected a pair for the boys to try since they both wear the same size. The only prior experience they have with wheeled footwear is when they've been rollerskating. I was curious as to how well they would do. Once we received the skate shoes, we had to flip a coin to see who would go first as both were immediately eager to try them.
Before even trying the shoes, I sat down with my sons and had them go through the informational tips and tricks on what and what not to do. I also printed out and went over the Responsible Skating Agreement with them, and we all signed it after being read.
I first let the boys go onto our street which is level and without any bumps or hills. I wanted them to get a feel for it before they tried any fancy maneuvers. At first, there were some moments when they seemed unbalanced or unsure of what they were doing. But after lots of practice, they are getting the hang of it. They are learning tricks and are becoming more sure of themselves. It's a fun way for them to exercise and it gets them outdoors to play.
Heelys can be worn when not using them as skate shoes. They can also be used as regular walking shoes. I recommend that Heelys not be used where specifically forbidden or where skateboards are not allowed.