With school just around the corner, busy minds are pondering school lists, finalizing and planning all the details that make for a smooth entry into the world of chalkboards and lunch boxes. Summer is still here, but will surely fade into the mist of memories of summer ‘11.
Meanwhile, it’s all about the now… back packs, jackets…and shoes! Those are things that top my list. Shoes are fleeting in my home…literally. With seven babes to care for, you can only imagine just how fleeting a pair of shoes can be! So, quite naturally, I’m thankful for the opportunity to try out and review these shoes from Heelys! Shoes with a wheel in the heel.
I really like the pair I choose called “Slide” from the Fall/Winter collection. It has a built in nylon grid plate, and is made of synthetic leather for those of you who are leather conscious. This shoe is so sturdy. The one thing that really annoys me about shoes (and how my children put them on sometimes) is when putting them on, the sides/backs of the shoes get bent/smushed by the force of getting your heel in shoe. The Slide withstood my children’s sometimes obnoxious heels and that’s two thumbs up from me! The picture above is a collage of my daughter and son trying it out.
The wheel in the heel!
Cool Logo on the back of the shoe.
I really like the simplistic black and gray colors of the Slide. For one, it camouflages (dirt) well. For two, It’s a neutral color for everyone. With seven children, I purchase new items with the next child in mind, “hand-me-overs” are a fact of our lives.
The wheel can be taken out of the heel for regular use. The shoes come with a lever that allows you to open the panel to insert the wheel. It also comes with detailed, yet straightforward instructions. With the heel in, quite naturally it was awkward to use at first, but the children had loads of fun practicing! We discussed safety, and using safe behavior while trying out the shoes. I did note that when using the whole shoe (not just the wheel) the children were able to walk pretty solidly with the wheel in. The front part of the shoe had good traction to it. The children were able to regain their footing rather quickly if they lost control. Overall, this is just a great, solid shoe that exhibits quality. Although I plan to have my daughter wear it normally during school hours, the wheel is a great option in turning a regular shoe into recreational activity.
UPDATE!!! September 2nd, 2011
Heelys is having a Labor Day/Back-to-School special! Between the weeks of September 2nd and 5th. During this time you can buy one pair of Heelys, and get the second pair for $30.00. Heelys is offering my readers free shipping and handling in conjunction with the Labor day sale! To take advantage of this special discount, enter in code HeelysLovesBloggers in the discount code box. The code is only good with the promo from 12 AM (CDT) Friday, September 2, 2011, through 11:59 PM (CDT) Monday, September 5, 2011 on http://shop.heelys.com.
Here are some super cute styles you can choose from…
Go to Heelys dot com for even more styles and accessories!
Disclosure: I was given a pair of shoes to review by Heelys. All opinions are of my own personal experience, and the free product was not given in exchange for a positive review.