Brand New Heelys

originally uploaded by nicoletbn.

I like to consider myself a connoisseur of wheeled footwear. I’ve got rollerblades, rollerblades that convert into boots (and from there into ice skates!) and shoes that have hidden wheels. My brand of choice for concealed wheel shoes are Heelys, which I’ve actually been wearing since I was about 16 years old! I’m regularly stopped by people surprised to find out that they make the shoes in adult sizes. I recommend trying out a pair if you have the chance. They have a bit of a learning curve to use, but add a small burst of joy to your life whenever you use them. It’s nice to have something super fun like skating being accessible whenever I’m walking somewhere. They do have a downside, in that they don’t seem to last as long as you might hope shoes would last. I go through a set of wheels about 5 times a year, which cost 20 each (but come with the shoes) and go through the shoes themselves every 7 months. They aren’t particularly spendy as far as skates or shoes go, so I don’t feel so bad, but I do wish they made their adult shoes a little bit heartier. Maybe I’m just hard on things.

Anyhow, recently my pair of Heelys gave up on me while I was walking around Disneyland, so once I got back I ordered a new pair from Zappos, and I’m really pleased with how these ones look. Digital skull camo! How very strange. I took a few shots of them and posted it up on flickr. Aren’t they awesome?

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