One of the newer things I have seen that drives me crazy are the new skate shoes. I can't remember what they are called, but I can't help but think they are very dangerous. They look like fun, but I don't think I would allow my daughter to walk out of the house with them on her feet, even when she gets older. I can see why they would be fun, but I think perhaps some caution should be taken when children are using or wearing them. I don't want to spoil the fun by any means, but I've seen a few kids take spills with them, and they got pretty banged up.
The skate shoes I am talking about look much like sneakers but they have wheels in the soles that can be used to roll around. They look like a lot of fun, but there are places where perhaps they should be put away and not used, like malls and grocery stores. Granted, those are the smoothest surfaces for the most part, but they can easily get out of control and people could be mowed down. If children do want to use these around large groups, just make sure they take it easy while moving through people, especially when small children are present. Toddlers have a way of just going in any direction at any moment, and that can be disastrous if someone is coming along with these skate shoes on.
When these skate shoes are used outside on the sidewalk or safely on the side of a street, it might be wise to have pads on a child who is just getting use to using them. They are the same as a bike or regular skates, and even skateboards. All it will take is one tiny pebble to throw them down to the ground. If they have padding they will be better protected. At the very least, they should have some sort of bike helmet.
They might not think it's cool, but they aren't going to feel very cool lying in the emergency room with a banged up head. Though I understand some children must take bangs and bumps as they grow, the skate shoes are tricky, and a little prevention won't hurt anyone. It is also a good idea to check the shoes once in a while to be sure the wheels are not loose and that they are working properly to avoid problems. Kids really enjoy these, but they should be safe.