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Wheelie Shoes!!!

Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 1:10 pm UTC
by Maseiken
Yeah, it's my B-day tomorrow, and I got an early present tonight,

WHEELIE SHOES.
http://www.heelys.com/
They're technically a part of Skater culture, so that's a bit lose... But I put them in the same camp as electric skateboards, as they're just awesome enough to rate as "cool" imo...

So yeah, anyone else have some Heelys? (I think Wheelie shoes is a better term)

Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 1:16 pm UTC
by Castaway
I actually had a pair of those when I was 12. They were pretty awesome. A lot of times though I would take out the wheel because if I didn't I'd forget that there were wheels and fall down like a douchebag just trying to walk.

Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 1:26 pm UTC
by Maseiken
The trick to walking is leading with your toe...

Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 1:31 pm UTC
by Castaway
Yeah, I wasn't too up on tricks when I was 12. I just thought the shoes looked cool, but found the wheel ridiculously impractical.

Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 3:28 pm UTC
by rockintom99
Oh god, those are annoying. Kids always run around with those damned things at the store I work at, and knock all kinds of shit over. Gah.

Re: Wheelie Shoes!!!

Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 3:50 pm UTC
by Alisto
Maseiken wrote:Yeah, it's my B-day tomorrow, and I got an early present tonight,

WHEELIE SHOES.
http://www.heelys.com/


...how old are you?

Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 3:56 pm UTC
by joeframbach
I f-ing hate those things. Kids look like jackasses wearing them. Do your legs not work???

Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 4:25 pm UTC
by ZeroSum
I met someone last night that made them not look like horrible abominations. Mostly because he only used them every once in a while and actually knew how to move well.

Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 4:45 pm UTC
by kcr
The other day in a store I saw a kid skating around in his wheelie shoes and being obnoxious (a few people had to duck out of his way) but then he couldn't stop and he hit the counter. Ha.

Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 5:01 pm UTC
by Hawknc
If a kid comes towards me with those things on, I WILL NOT move. Conservation of momentum is on my side, especially since that I have traction with the ground where he doesn't. (And it's always a boy, you never see girls trying to crash into things.)

Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 5:40 pm UTC
by mrcheesypants
I love it when kid's with wheelie shoes are obnoxious. It makes it funnier when they fall down.

Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 5:48 pm UTC
by Cheese
mrcheesypants wrote:I love it when kid's with wheelie shoes are obnoxious. It makes it funnier when they fall down.


Too right.
'Heelys' are the most annoying thing since microsoft internet explorer, or the unwinnable freecell games. And oddly enough, most of the kids who have heelys are obnoxious enough (not all, just a lot of them are really spoiled - I have nothing against Maseiken getting some, as long as you don't go around in front of me thinking I'll go "wow, heelys, I'll worship you!")

[/rant]
Yes, I'm a little pissed off today.

Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 6:24 pm UTC
by Azrael
Cheese wrote:'Heelys' are the most annoying thing since ... unwinnable freecell games.


I'll second that motion.

Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 6:28 pm UTC
by TigerX
A friend of mine who works at Disney (and incidentally owns a pair of these) said that often times he'll spend most of his morning just watching the kids roll back and forth up and down in front of his station in Tomorrowland.

He has said that if he didn't work there, he would bring a stick and 'accidentally' drop it.

Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 7:12 pm UTC
by wing
TigerX wrote:A friend of mine who works at Disney (and incidentally owns a pair of these) said that often times he'll spend most of his morning just watching the kids roll back and forth up and down in front of his station in Tomorrowland.

He has said that if he didn't work there, he would bring a stick and 'accidentally' drop it.
I lose more pens and pencils that way....

There's a reason I go to amusement parks armed to write a novel.

Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 7:39 pm UTC
by RealGrouchy
joeframbach wrote:I f-ing hate those things. Kids look like jackasses wearing them. Do your legs not work???

A little self-selection never hurt anyone (well, anyone who deserved to not get hurt, at least).

Kinda like when you're reviewing resumes and you toss out the ones with blatant spelling/grammar/formatting flaws.

- RG>

Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 7:39 pm UTC
by Invisible_Insane
I'm always tempted to kick the little kids who wear these things over. That would be wrong, right?

Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 7:49 pm UTC
by Cheese
Invisible_Insane wrote:I'm always tempted to kick the little kids who wear these things over. That would be wrong, right?


Depends on local laws and stuff. If you can somehow get them into the middle of the Atlantic ocean, I'm pretty sure you'd get away with it, isn't that a lawless place?
If you mean morally wrong, no. Unless they've just been really nice to you, and not ignored everyone who doesn't say "wow, heelys!". I don't get approached by kids a lot (It's probably the hair), but the ones wearing heelys look that much higher and mightier than your standard kid thinks they are.

Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 7:56 pm UTC
by Invisible_Insane
Heely's?
...

This is SPARTAAAAAAAAA!!!!

I apologize.

Re: Wheelie Shoes!!!

Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 8:04 pm UTC
by Chase
Everybody else in this thread needs to grow down!
Maseiken wrote:WHEELIE SHOES.

Whoohoo! Wheelie shoes! I need to get a pair. I need to have super secret squirel hidden rollerskates in my shoes so I can make quick getaways and play the best game of tag ever.

I was deprived of rollerskating when I was a kid.

Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 8:08 pm UTC
by Castaway
I'm kind of shocked at the hatred of Heely's on the fora. I mean, it should be taken for granted that most people will use them for evil and not good. It's like the interwebs. I'd say most people on the interwebs are assholes/don't know what they're doing. That's not the interwebs' fault.

Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 8:27 pm UTC
by Cheese
Castaway wrote:I'm kind of shocked at the hatred of Heely's on the fora. I mean, it should be taken for granted that most people will use them for evil and not good. It's like the interwebs. I'd say most people on the interwebs are assholes/don't know what they're doing. That's not the interwebs' fault.


Very good point. I apologise for complaining a lot (although I did say I was kinda pissed off).
But the arseholes on the internet don't keep going back and forth in front of my window* showing off, so I notice heelys more.

Anyway, I'm sure Maseiken will use heelys for good, not evil, and if you don't, I won't get out of the way when you're coming down the street on them.

*Okay, not just my window, that'd be scary. But you know what I mean. I hope.

Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 10:46 pm UTC
by parkaboy
i would like a pair myself, but i do not enjoy them on children who: are obnoxious, try to crash into things, generally dont have a firm grasp on the concept of gravity OR proper public behavior.

oddly enough i've noticed its always the boys too. i've seen some little girls with them on and they'll roll a short distance and come to a usually graceful-ish stop without distraction or destruction.

Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 10:53 pm UTC
by PictureSarah
Every time my mother sees a kid rolling around on these things she expresses her desire for a pair of them. I think I'll get her some for her birthday.

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 1:04 am UTC
by Castaway
Get her some old school rollerskates.

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 1:42 am UTC
by TheTankengine
I really want some of these shoes but I have convinced myself with no evidence whatsoever that they do not make them in my size.

13 men's US

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 1:47 am UTC
by Castaway
they have 13C on their website.

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 5:16 am UTC
by e946
Speaking of destruction on wheels, I had the pleasure of watching a kid like this crashing into a floor display of wine at my grocery store. He broke six bottles, and ruined several more by discoloring the labels. Needless to say, it was very satisfying to see one of them get into trouble after having to deal with them zooming around the store.

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 5:21 am UTC
by wing
Castaway wrote:they have 13C on their website.
13C is 13 Childrens

They only carry up to 12 in adult sizes.

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 5:23 am UTC
by __Kit
Gay on kids! Awesome on adults!

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 5:27 am UTC
by (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻
I need a pair of those. I don't have the balance for a skateboard, but I'd love to be able to skate down the hill I live on. Reaching the subway a bit faster would be nice. And since I have tiny feet, I bet I could find a pair in my size.
(Sarah, when you come back I see many mall trips in our future.)

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 5:28 am UTC
by Mighty Jalapeno
I'm sorry, but I feel the urge to take a whiffle-bat to the face of every single kid who whizzes past me with those stupid shoes. "Congratulations, you've found a slightly less calorie-burning way to travel across flat ground."

Re: Wheelie Shoes!!!

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 6:28 am UTC
by Maseiken
Alisto wrote:
Maseiken wrote:Yeah, it's my B-day tomorrow, and I got an early present tonight,

WHEELIE SHOES.
http://www.heelys.com/


...how old are you?

http://xkcd.com/150/
Should it matter? Just because someone considers something to be 'for kids" it doesn't limit my options. The true spirit of non-conformity is not caring what other people think or say(Note that this does NOT disallow me from attempting to correct anyone). So yeah, being grown up shouldn't stop you from being excited about things that no-one else is excited about, nor should it keep you from enjoying simple pleasures.

There is no shame in doing something mindless, there's shame in BEING mindless, but not in watching, reading or listening to something of less than intellectual merit. I greatly admire and enjoy the plays of Shakespeare, Beckett, and Ionesco. The Music of Mozart, Vivaldi and Mendehlsson. I am constently considering Derrida and Zeno's eternal Paradoxes.

I also like watching Pokemon and using Wheelie shoes, there need not be boundaries on these things, and if anyone tells you there are, just use your wheelie shoes to glide away...

(Also, if someone is going around steering directly at stuff, that's not the shoe's fault, it's them being a jerk...)


__Kit wrote:Gay on kids! Awesome on adults!

Also a nice point.

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 6:33 am UTC
by Szczypior
Cheese wrote: or the unwinnable freecell games.


Oh man, I freakin' hate those.

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 6:36 am UTC
by iknoritesrsly
I had some once upon a time... they also were soaps, so they had a grind plate in the middle. You could heely down something and then grind down a pole. It was pretty difficult to actually land off of a pole though, you tended to just stop. And by stopping, I mean, you feet stopped, the rest of you fell.

P.S. pulling the age card out is pretty lame when you're actually arguing a point, but randomly in a thread about someone talking about a birthday present?

Dear God, get a life. Since when is being young (or young at heart) a bad thing anyways?

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 6:40 am UTC
by Insignificant Deifaction
Ever since nanny-culture created the sub-set of society which would eventually become teenager.

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 6:53 am UTC
by Dibley
I have always wanted them, but suspected that A: they are expensive (are they?) B: I would look like one of those stupid kids that wear those and C: I wouldn't be able to get them. 11.5-12 mens, so I should be fine.

And I love how links to the comic archive are tossed about like bible references around here.

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 7:12 am UTC
by Insignificant Deifaction
Of course they are, they're what bring us all together, like the bible does for gay-bashing sites.

Actually, I don't like drawing that comparison at all. For xkcd to be compared to such horrid drivel as a gay-bashing site.

I'm so ashamed.

*Cries*

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 7:13 am UTC
by Jesse
Insignificant Deification wrote:Of course they are, they're what bring us all together, like the bible does for gay-bashing sites.

Actually, I don't like drawing that comparison at all. For xkcd to be compared to such horrid drivel as a gay-bashing site.

I'm so ashamed.

*Cries*


Have you been reading the majority of posts lately? I'd say horrid drivel is an accurate description.

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 7:14 am UTC
by Dibley
I have seen the man thread. Drivel. And boobs.

SELF REFERENTIAL EDIT: This is drivel too.

MOD EDIT: His edit is included in the heading of 'Drivel'.