How to Use Heelys

Heelys are a brand of shoe with a single, wide wheel built into the sole. By leaning back on this wheel, you can roll around with ease, but there is a technique to using Heelys. Children should be supervised when using Heelys, since Heelys can be just as dangerous as skates. It's fairly simple to use Heelys safely and still have fun.

Things You'll Need

  • Helmet (optional)
  • Knee and elbow pads (optional)


    • 1

      Put the helmet on your head. Attach your knee and elbow pads, if you are using them.

    • 2

      Use the tool included with the shoes to pull off the heel plug, which is located at the back of the shoe, on the bottom. Place the tool in the back part of the heel plug and press down until the heel plug lifts high enough to be pulled out by your fingers.

    • 3

      Place the heel plugs from your shoes in a safe place so they will not be lost. The heel plugs protect the wheel wells from wear and tear when you do not have the wheels inside them.

    • 4

      Place one wheel in the well of each shoe.

    • 5

      Press the wheel into the wheel well firmly. You need to use a little force. Hitting the wheel with your fist or stomping on the shoe's heel will both help the wheel's axle to lock into place. Spin the wheel to ensure that it is installed correctly and turns freely.

    • 6

      Put your Heelys on your feet as you would tennis shoes.

    • 7

      Walk, putting your toes down first, to prevent slipping, as you make your way to the skating area.

    • 8

      Hold onto a fixed object such as a lamppost or fence.

    • 9

      Place your dominant leg in front and your other leg in back. If you are right handed, your right leg will likely be dominant.

    • 10

      Lean back onto the heels by lifting your toes. You will be on the wheels of the Heelys at this point. Keep one foot in front of the other at all times.

    • 11

      While you are balanced on the wheels in your heels, push or pull yourself along or glide down gentle slopes.

    • 12

      Practice different ways of moving and getting the right balance on your Heelys.

    • 13

      Stop by putting your foot flat on the ground or by picking your toes up even more so that you are no longer balanced on the wheel.

    • 14

      Remove the wheels after each use. After removing the shoe, place it sideways in your lap and press down on the side of the wheel. While you are pressing down, you should also push the wheel out away from the shoe. When one end of the wheel loosens, repeat with other end of the wheel on that shoe until the wheel comes out completely.

    • 15

      Replace the heel plug by putting it over the wheel well and snapping it into place.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not let children use Heelys unsupervised. Do not use your Heelys with both feet next to each other as you would have them for skating. One leg must always be in front of the other with Heelys, or you will lose your balance. Do not use Heelys on steep hills if you are inexperienced.
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