Heelys, Inc.

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Heelys, Inc.
Industry Footwear
Founded 2000
Revenue Decrease US$ 5.60 million (2011)
Number of employees
Website http://www.Heelys.com

Heelys, Inc., formerly known as Heeling Sports Limited, is the company which currently owns the Heelys, Soap, and Axis (unofficially defunct) brands. Heelys' headquarters is, and for its entire history has been, located in Carrollton, Texas.

Heeling Sports Limited was initially brought upon some time around 2000 to be a fathering company to the brand responsible for its existence, Heelys. The concept of shoes with a wheel in the sole was pushed forward by the company's founder and the creator of the Heely, Roger Adams.

Heavy marketing for the Heely was always focused on, to advance the shoes outreach. Heelys once rapidly gained popularity, but from 2009 onward, Heelys have lost much of their popularity from declining sales, inventory issues and safety concerns (especially among children).

Even before the birth of the shoe with a wheel in the heel, Mr. Adams had been in contact with the creator of Soap shoes, Chris Morris. Mr. Adams presented to him the idea of a hybrid shoe: a Heelys shoe which utilizes Soap's patented grindplate. Morris ultimately turned down the idea, and the two innovators went their separate ways, pursuing what they had started.


On September 25, 2002, the agreement to purchase Soap and all of its assets from the recently bankrupted company In-Stride was signed by Heelys CEO, Mike Staffaroni. Plans for a large line of new models were immediately set, and were released in 2003.

Many of Heelys' signature colorways and styles can be seen incorporated into the newest Soap shoes. A number of changes were also made. The center of complaint replying to Heelys' new styling was the lack of variety; nearly all of the shoes had the same lower half, and even their upper sections were somewhat similar, more or less from model to model. In some cases, the designs were direct recycles from older Heelys shoes, except sporting a different grindplate and trademark. To date, Heelys holds ownership of Soap.

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