Sneaky Sneakers

Sneaky Sneakers

Sunday, September 29, 2002
| Matthew 21:23-32

It looks like a sneaker, it squeaks like a sneaker, it feels like a sneaker - but this is no ordinary shoe. It's a shoe with a wheel, and now school principals and security personnel at our nation's malls don't know whether it's a shoe or a skate. Sometimes - as Jesus observes in his parable of the two sons - it can be difficult to know who is truly a Christ-follower and who is not.

For an alternate approach pertaining to Philippians 2:1-13, see The Daffodil Principle.

Why walk when you can roll?

That's what Michael D'Amico thinks as he lifts his toes and starts to roll down the hill to his friend's house - at 15 to 20 miles per hour, balancing all the way - giving him the appearance of hovering just above the ground. The ride's so smooth and unexpected it looks like Michael's levitating. Of course, he isn't - it just looks that way.

He's walkin' and rollin'.

His red-and-black sneakers, which he hardly ever takes off unless forced to do so, are stealth skates. Hidden inside the heel of each sneaker is a removable wheel made of high-performance polyurethane. Each wheel encloses hi-tech ABEC micro-bearings, which are the bearings in the wheels of inline skates. This means these sneaky sneakers really zoom. Along with their nonabrasion soles for controlled braking, they're speedily becoming a coast-to-coast craze.

This sneaker-skate contraption called the Heely has...

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