I was really excited when I found out Heelys was sending me a free pair to try out.
I pulled them out of the box. I was excited- they are sleek and fun, yet not too funky for this 30-something mom to wear around.
The materials they are made of look strong and sturdy. I thought- this will be a blast!
I used the enclosed tool to pop out the wheel covers. Then, my purple wheels snapped in easily, and I was ready to go.
Here I am sporting my cute shoes!
Now, "heeling" isn't all that easy. I'm glad it came with instructions, because I really had no idea what I was doing.
I heeled around in my tiled bathroom for about ten minutes before I was brave enough to venture in public. Even after that time, I could only heel for a few seconds before I would fall off.
After another twenty minutes of practicing, I was sweating. Who knew these would provide such a workout?
After a little more practice, I feel comfortable heeling for short distances. I'm sure not going to be racing around the mall anytime soon, but it really is a lot of fun!
I can see this being a great way for me to keep up with my kids as they bike around the neighborhood. And, the shoes are stylish AND functional. I was worried how it would feel walking with the wheel in the shoe, but all us ladies are used to high heels, right? This really feels no different than a small pump. The wheel won't roll unless you MAKE it.
Speaking of making it roll, here are a few tips I'll pass along.
1. You are used to balancing on the ball of your feet. It feels completely unnatural to balance on your heels. Just make yourself lean back. I kept thinking I would fall on my behind, but I only got the "heeling" action to work once I relaxed and just let myself go.
2. A flat, smooth surface is the best for learning. Find a secluded place in case you do fall a few times. Who wants the neighborhood kids laughing at you? Here is Heelys' Safety Playbook.
3. Have fun! At first, I felt a little awkward. Heelys are for kids, right? But you can be a fun mom on these, and like I said, they are STYLISH, too!
Heelys always has some great sales, and their prices are more affordable than they once were- so I hope you'll give them a try! You can find their Fall/Winter Collection here.