How to Make Heelys Out of Normal Shoes

Updated April 17, 2017

Heelys is a shoe brand that are hybrids between roller skates and normal walking shoes. Heelys shoes have at least one wheel incorporated into the shoe's sole to give the illusion of skating with no apparent wheels. When wearing Heelys, you easily change between walking and skating, which can be convenient for transportation. To save time and money, transform a pair of your favourite thick-soled shoes into Heelys with just a few tools and the wheels of an old skateboard.

Remove the wheels from a recycled skateboard with a screwdriver.

Determine whether the sole of your shoe is thick enough by placing the skateboard wheel next to the shoe's sole. The standard skateboard wheel size is 2 inches in diameter. The wheel must protrude one-half inch from the bottom of your shoe, and you need at least one-half inch between the padding of your shoe and the wheel.

With a fine-tipped permanent marker, draw a square on the bottom of your shoe's heel. Hold the wheel up to the square to ensure it is big enough. Draw straight lines with a ruler, if necessary. Repeat with the other shoe.

Cut along the square's lines using a sharp knife. Dig out a hole that is deep enough to hold your wheel. There should be an eighth of an inch between all sides of the hole and your wheel. Your wheel should stick out one-half inch from the sole, but no further. Repeat with the other shoe.

Place a screw through the middle of your wheel. Slide the wheel into the hole to measure the fit; the screw should surpass the square's width by a quarter inch.

Cut half-inch slits with your knife along two sides of the square so you can insert the screw. Repeat with the other shoe.

Wrap a small strip of duct tape around the ends of the screw.

Place your wheel into the hole. The screw's ends should slide easily into the thin slits. The duct tape holds the screw in place and keeps it from shifting side to side. Repeat in the other shoe.

Things You'll Need

  • Knife
  • Two 2-inch wheels from recycled skateboard
  • Screwdriver
  • Shoes with 2.5-inch soles
  • Fine-tipped permanent marker
  • Ruler
  • Screws
  • Duct tape
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Lexie Zirkle has been a freelance writer since 2008 and is an author of both fiction and nonfiction. Zirkle is pursuing a B.A. in English and philosophy at Amherst College. She specializes in swimming and life-guarding topics, as well as literary analysis and current events.