Heelys are one of the more annoying shoes to have been released to the general public. They look just like regular sneakers, with flexible material and rubber soles, except they have a collapsible set of wheels at the heel that allows the wearer to coast about at the drop of a hat. This gives the shoes their name, and kids who wear them have a common tendency to skate around at high speeds, slamming into pedestrians at the park, knocking over precariously-stacked cans of soup at the supermarket, and otherwise causing all manner of wacky destructive mayhem.
It is for this reason that they are incredibly popular. They allow freedom of movement, normally a good thing, but not quite so much when the juvenile finds they can’t stop and comically careens down a set of concrete steps. Heelys turn their owners into mobile driving hazards, and create numerous distractions for anyone that they happen to speed past. They have been banned in some places, particularly schools, but that hasn’t done much to halt their use because it’s difficult to know that a person is wearing one until they sail forward unexpectedly and slam head-on into a door.
The author would also like to ask you kids to get off his damn lawn.