Can you remember when kids went mad for Heelys?

There’s been a number of unique and interesting creations over the years, and one of them is a shoe known as a Heely. Heelys are patented products that feature a removable wheel located in the heel, transforming the shoes into stealth skates and giving users the freedom to seamlessly transition from walking or running to skating by shifting their weight to their heel.

Naturally, the funky creation was a hit amongst the younger crowd as more kids would be seen gliding around places like shopping malls or any basically any flat surface. The Heely brand was the original creator but after a while, other companies capitalised on the trend and made their own (cheaper) versions.

Having owned a pair back when I was younger and the brand launched in 2000, after the excitement of wheeling around, the heel part of my foot would cramp because of the rear tilted position in order to roll on the wheels. Thankfully, when I wanted to walk normally, I could simply remove the wheel and then reattach it at a later time if I wanted. The only inconvenient part was having to store the wheels in my pocket when I wasn’t using them.

Gumtree is South Africa’s biggest online marketplace and stocks a wide range of not only Heelys, but hoverboards as well. Check out the wide range of items here.

Nowadays its very rare that you’ll see someone rolling past you with a set of Heelys on. While the trend isn’t entirely dead, it has simmered down over the years. The designs used to be chunky and skater boy like but now looks more modern, following a similar style pattern to that of Vans.

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find local automotive car and bakkie information close to home.

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