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2001-03-28 18:37:09+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

I haven't skated much recently, the roads in my neighborhoods are pretty rough, so the idea of going to a smaller wheel doesn't hold too much appeal... except... these things look like a lot of fun: Heelys are sneakers with wheels in the heels. I don't know how versatile they are, the videos on the Heelys web site are all the "fast cuts with guitar track" that don't show you what they think is possible, but if you just view 'em as a better sneaker for getting around an urban environment there are some possibilities here.

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#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:31:24+00 by: Dylan

Part of me goes OOH!!! Cool! I've always wanted skates where I could just run to get going and then glide from there...but I look at these and I think of keeping your weight on your heel all the time and just wonder how the hell you manage. Plus the "go over cracks at an angle" thing kind of weirds me out.

I think I will have to convince a friend with similarly-sized feet to buy these, see if they're too insane, and maybe get some...

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:31:24+00 by: ebradway

I bought a pair of Street Flyers for Heidi when we were in Boston. I was awfully tempted to get a pair for myself. As far as tennis shoes go, they are bulky - I wouldn't attempt to play a game of one-on-one basketball in them. But Heidi was able to skate quite well in them and when she got tired of walking around Boston we could pop out the wheels and drag her!