Roller Shoes Send 1600 Uncoordinated People To The Emergency Room

Here’s a shocking update, putting little wheels on the bottom of your shoes is dangerous. No! Yes! 1600 emergency room visits last year were blamed on roller shoes or “heelys.” For those of you not familiar with “heelys” they’re the wheeled shoe that sends children floating past you like the nun in Blues Brothers as you walk around Target shopping for paper towels and Diet Coke.

And they’re dangerous. Sort of. A firm hired to study the shoe responded with the statement: “…using wheeled footwear is 42 times safer than basketball, 29 times safer than bicycling, and 18 times safer than skateboarding.” Ok. Couldn’t someone have hired a firm to study how annoying the shoes are, rather than silly old safety? —MEGHANN MARCO

1,600 roller-shoe injuries reported [Seattle PI]