Roller Shoes Safety - Wearing a Helmet

Roller shoes, also referred to as Heelys or Street Gliders, are a type of sneaker that has a detachable or convertible wheel in the heel. The wearer can lean back and glide on the wheels as well as walk. 

Safety Tips

  • Make sure that when your children are wearing roller shoes, they wear protective gear, including:
  • Supervise your children while they are wearing roller shoes, especially while they are learning to use the shoes.
  • Children should practice basic skills—like how to stop—before wearing the shoes in public.
  • Be sure your children use the shoes only on flat surfaces, not on rocky areas, over curbs or down hills.
  • Don’t let your children wear the shoes in crowded spaces or in traffic.
  • Staggering your feet when in roller shoes - one foot in front of the other - helps with balance. Keeping your feet together increases the likelihood of falling.
  • Leaving the wheel in your child's roller shoes all the time not only can potentially affect how your child walks, but could tempt your child to use the shoes in skate mode more frequently and in situations where your child is less likely to be wearing protective gear.
  • Wearing roller shoes, in skate mode, inside the home could result in a fall or injury or potentially injure family members.