On a particularly dreary Monday afternoon, sophomore students were surprised to find a more light-hearted post in the Fairfield Class of 2020 Facebook page. Nelly Pskowski is no stranger to the sophomore facebook group and is known for her nearly constant misplacement of her StagCard. However on Oct. 30, Pskowski had a different message for her fellow students. She posted her praise of Heely sneakers, a shoe trend from the early 2000s. The post was intended to provide a moment of comic relief to the stressed sophomores.
Pskowski began the post by providing a picture of her own Heelys, which she recently bought after a chance encounter with a Heelys advertisement. “I was online looking for a new pair of sneakers and they popped up on an ad. I clicked on the ad and the rest is history,” Pskowski recounted. The facebook post, much like the purchase of the shoes, was not premeditated but rather was derived from a sudden burst of inspiration.
Despite the Heelys trend being regarded as having come and gone, Pskowski views it as reemerging, “they’re just fun, they’re stylish and they’ll be trending soon.” The post itself was not sponsored by Heelys, however, Pskowski describes herself as a “fangirl.” At the end of the post she included a link to the Heelys website in an effort to educate the sophomore class on the company’s current designs, “like most people, I was unaware that they made Heelys for ‘adults.’”
Since its posting, the rave review has garnered 41 likes and nine comments. Some comments are positive responses such as: “I don’t know you but this is such a relevant issue, thank you for making me aware #bringemback” made by Ashley Luchini ‘20. However, some comments are less enthusiastic like the comment made by Jack Power ‘20, “how do you have friends,” to which Pskowski replied “I don’t.”
The post did not come without minor controversy. Pskowski boldly declared that “Fairfield has not banned them and that quality of the floor in your dorms laundry room is prime heelying territory.” The use of Heelys in residence halls is prohibited under the student code of conduct. The section on “Recreational Transportation Equipment” enumerated items that cannot be used in any buildings on campus, “bicycles, skateboards, hoverboards, skates, scooters, segways, other equipment with wheels, etc.”
Pskowski concedes she was not aware of this stipulation but followed this with “if the University has a problem with me using the shoes then it is what it is.” She went on to say she was not encouraging other students to break the code of conduct; she was instead trying to, “compel my classmates to buy the shoes.”
According to Pskowski she has been successful in this effort, “there are a handful of people I know who have actually gone online and bought them.” When asked if she planned to post in other Fairfield student Facebook groups she replied, “I hope to inspire others to buy Heelys so we can #makeheelysgreatagain.”
Coffee Break polled 33 members of the Class of 2020 asking “after reading the post are you more likely to buy Heelys?” 54.5% of students said no, 45.5% of students said yes.