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1. (WO2000059323) HEELING APPARATUS AND METHOD
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WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:
1. A wheel assembly for use in a heeling apparatus, the wheel assembly comprising:
an axle;
a wheel mounted on the axle; and
a mounting structure operable to support the axle so that a portion of the wheel resides in an opening formed in a sole of the heeling apparatus.

2. The wheel assembly of Claim 1, wherein the wheel is made of a urethane.

3. The wheel assembly of Claim 1, wherein the wheel is made of a polymer.

4. The wheel assembly of Claim 1, wherein the wheel is made of a plastic.

5. The wheel assembly of Claim 1, wherein the wheel is made of a precision bearing.

6. The wheel assembly of Claim 1, wherein the wheel is made of a rubber.

7. The wheel assembly of Claim 1, wherein the wheel is made of a metal.

8. The wheel assembly of Claim 7, wherein the metal includes aluminum.

9. The wheel assembly of Claim 7, wherein the metal includes titanium.

10. The wheel assembly of Claim 7, wherein the metal is an alloy.

11. The wheel assembly of Claim 1, wherein the portion of the wheel that resides in the opening formed in the sole of the heeling apparatus is larger than a second portion of the wheel that resides out of the opening formed in the sole.

12. The wheel assembly of Claim 1, wherein the wheel is rotatably mounted on the axle.

13. The wheel assembly of Claim 1, further
comprising:
a second wheel rotatably mounted on the axle.

14. The wheel assembly of Claim 1, further
comprising:
bearings positioned to reduce the rotational friction between the wheel and the axle.

15. The wheel assembly of Claim 1, wherein the wheel has a first side with a first recess and a second side with a second recess, and wherein the wheel assembly further comprises:
a first precision bearing positioned in the first recess between the wheel and the axle; and
a second precision bearing positioned in the second recess between the wheel and the axle.

16. The wheel assembly of Claim 15, wherein the first precision bearing are positioned using a first ring clip on the axle, and the second precision bearing are positioned using a second ring clip on the axle.

17. The wheel assembly of Claim 16, wherein the axle has a first radial indentation to position the first ring clip on the axle, and second radial indentation to position the second ring clip on the axle.

18. The wheel assembly of Claim 15, wherein the first and second precision bearing is a radial bearing.

19. The wheel assembly of Claim 1, wherein the opening formed in the sole is provided at a heel portion of the sole.

20. The wheel assembly of Claim 1, wherein the mounting structure is anodized metal.

21. The wheel assembly of Claim 20, wherein the anodized metal presents a black appearance.

22. The wheel assembly of Claim 1, wherein the mounting structure includes a heel control plate.

23. The wheel assembly of Claim 1, wherein the mounting structure includes a first member and the axle is coupled to the mounting structure using the first member.

24. The wheel assembly of Claim 23, wherein the wheel is mounted at a first end of the axle and a second wheel is mounted at a second end of the axle.

25. The wheel assembly of Claim 1, wherein the mounting structure includes a first member and a second member, and the axle is coupled to the mounting structure through the first member and the second member.

26. The wheel assembly of Claim 25, wherein the wheel is mounted between the first member and the second member of the mounting structure.

27. The wheel assembly of Claim 25, wherein the axle is removably coupled to the mounting structure.

28. The wheel assembly of Claim 27, wherein the axle is removably coupled TO the mounting structure using a bias mechanism at the first member.

29. The wheel assembly of Claim 28, wherein the bias mechanism is a spring bias mechanism.

30. The wheel assembly of Claim 27, wherein the axle is removably coupled to the mounting structure using a bias mechanism at the first member and a second bias mechanism at the second member.

31. The wheel assembly of Claim 1, wherein the mounting structure is made using injection molding.

32. The wheel assembly of Claim 1, wherein the mounting structure is made of a nylon.

33. The wheel assembly of Claim 1, wherein the mounting structure is made of a urethane.

34. The wheel assembly of Claim 1, wherein the mounting structure is made of a polymer.

35. The wheel assembly of Claim 1, wherein the mounting structure is made of a plastic.

36. The wheel assembly of Claim 1, wherein the mounting structure is made of a rubber.

37. The wheel assembly of Claim 1, wherein the mounting structure is made of a resin.

38. The wheel assembly of Claim 1, wherein the mounting structure is made of a metal.

39. The wheel assembly of Claim 1, wherein the mounting structure is made of an aluminum.

40. The wheel assembly of Claim 1, wherein the mounting structure is made of a titanium.

41. The wheel assembly of Claim 1, wherein the mounting structure is made of an alloy.

42. The wheel assembly of Claim 1, wherein the mounting structure is made of a composite material.

43. The wheel assembly of Claim 1, wherein the axle is cylindrical.

44. The wheel assembly of Claim 43, wherein the ends of the axle are rounded.

45. The wheel assembly of Claim 1, further
comprising:
bearings positioned to facilitate the rotation of the wheel around the axle.

46. The wheel assembly of Claim 1, wherein' the wheel includes a surface profile that is flat.

47. The wheel assembly of Claim 1, wherein the wheel includes a surface profile that is round.

48. The wheel assembly of Claim 1, wherein the wheel includes a surface profile that is steep.

49. The wheel assembly of Claim 1, wherein the wheel includes a surface profile that is inverted.

50. The wheel assembly of Claim 1, wherein the wheel includes a surface profile that is square.

51. The wheel assembly of Claim 1, wherein the wheel includes a plurality of wheels mounted on the axle.

52. The wheel assembly of Claim 1, wherein the mounting structure includes a first member and a second member where the axle couples to the mounting structure such that the axle and the wheel may couple to the first member and the second member in a retracted position and an extended position.

53. The wheel assembly of Claim 52, wherein the portion of the wheel that resides in the opening formed in the sole of the heeling apparatus is larger when in the retracted position as compared to the extended position .

54. The wheel assembly of Claim 52, wherein the axle is a collapsible axle.

55. The wheel assembly of Claim 54, wherein the collapsible axle may couple to the first member and the second member at a first position at the first member and the second member so that the wheel is in the retracted position, and wherein the collapsible axle may couple to the first member and the second member at a second position at the first member and the second member so that the wheel is in the extended position.

56. The wheel assembly of Claim 52, wherein the axle may couple to the first member and the second member to move from a retracted position to an extended position through a king pin arrangement.

57. The wheel assembly of Claim 52, wherein the axle may couple to the first member and the second member to move from a retracted position to an extended position through a spring arrangement.

58. The wheel assembly of Claim 1, wherein the mounting structure includes a first member and a second member where the axle couples to the mounting structure through a friction fit.

59. The wheel assembly of Claim 1, wherein the mounting structure includes a first member and a second member where the axle couples to the mounting structure through a threaded portion of the axle.

60. The wheel assembly of Claim 1, wherein the wheel assembly is referred to as a heeling assembly.

61. A heeling apparatus comprising:
a footwear having a sole with an opening formed in the sole; and
a wheel assembly that includes a wheel mounted on an axle, and a mounting structure operable to support the axle so that a portion of the wheel resides in the opening.

62. The heeling apparatus of Claim 61, wherein the wheel is made of a urethane.

63. The heeling apparatus of Claim 61, wherein the wheel is made of a plastic.

64. The heeling apparatus of Claim 61, wherein the wheel is made of a rubber.

65. The heeling apparatus of Claim 61, wherein the wheel is rotatably mounted on the axle.

66. The wheel assembly of Claim 56, further comprising:
bearings positioned to reduce the rotational friction between the wheel and the axle.

67. The heeling apparatus of Claim 61, wherein the wheel includes more than one wheel, each rotatably mounted on the axle.

68. The heeling apparatus of Claim 61, wherein the wheel has a first side with a first recess and a second side with a second recess, and wherein the wheel assembly further comprises:
a first precision bearing positioned in the first recess between the wheel and the axle; and
a second precision bearing positioned in the second recess between the wheel and the axle.

69. The heeling apparatus of Claim 68, wherein the first precision bearing is positioned using a first ring clip on the axle, and the second precision bearing is positioned using a second ring clip on the axle.

70. The heeling apparatus of Claim 69, wherein the axle has a first radial indentation to position the first ring clip on the axle, and a second radial indentation to position the second ring clip on the axle.

71. The heeling apparatus of Claim 61, wherein the mounting structure is operable to mount in the opening of the sole of the footwear.

72. The heeling apparatus of Claim 61, wherein the mounting structure is formed in the opening of the sole of the footwear.

73. The heeling apparatus of Claim 61, wherein the mounting structure includes a heel control plate.

74. The heeling apparatus of Claim 61, wherein the mounting structure includes a first member and the axle is coupled to the mounting structure using the first member.

75. The heeling apparatus of Claim 61, wherein the wheel is mounted at a first end of the axle and a second wheel is mounted at a second end of the axle.

76. The heeling apparatus of Claim 61, wherein the mounting structure includes a first member and a second member, and the axle is coupled to the mounting structure through the first member and the second member.

77. The heeling apparatus of Claim 76, wherein the wheel is mounted between the first member and the second member of the mounting structure.

78. The heeling apparatus of Claim 76, wherein the axle is removably coupled to the mounting structure.

79. The heeling apparatus of Claim 78, wherein the axle is removably coupled to the mounting structure using a bias mechanism at the first member.

80. The heeling apparatus of Claim 79, wherein the bias mechanism is a spring bias mechanism.

81. The heeling apparatus of Claim 78, wherein the axle is removably coupled to the axle using a bias mechanism at the first member and a second bias mechanism at the second member.

82. The heeling apparatus of Claim 61, wherein the mounting structure is made using injection molding.

83. The heeling apparatus of Claim 61, wherein the mounting structure is made of a .nylon.

84. The heeling apparatus of Claim 61, wherein the mounting structure is made of a polymer.

85. The heeling apparatus of Claim 61, wherein the mounting structure is made of a metal.

86. The heeling apparatus of Claim 61, wherein the mounting structure is made of a composite material.

87. The heeling apparatus of Claim 61, further comprising:
bearings positioned to facilitate the rotation of the wheel around the axle.

88. The heeling apparatus of Claim 61, wherein the opening extends from a bottom of the sole to a top of the sole .

89. The heeling apparatus of Claim 61, wherein the opening extends from a bottom of the sole towards a top of the sole but does not extend to the top of the sole.

90. The heeling apparatus of Claim 61, wherein the opening is closed on all sides except for a bottom of the sole .

91. The heeling apparatus of Claim 61, wherein the opening is closed on all sides except for a bottom of the sole and a top of the sole.

92. The heeling apparatus of Claim 61, wherein the sole includes a heel portion, an arch portion and a forefoot portion, and the opening is formed in the heel portion.

93. The heeling apparatus of Claim 61, wherein the sole includes a heel portion, an arch portion and a forefoot portion, and the opening is positioned in both the heel portion and the arch portion.

94. The heeling apparatus of Claim 61, wherein the sole includes a heel portion, an arch portion and a forefoot portion, and the opening is positioned in the arch portion.

95. The heeling apparatus of Claim 61, wherein the sole includes a heel portion, an arch portion and a forefoot portion, and the opening is positioned in both the arch portion and the forefoot portion.

96. The heeling apparatus of Claim 61, wherein the sole includes a heel portion, an arch portion and a forefoot portion, and the opening is positioned in the forefoot portion.

97. The heeling apparatus of Claim 61, wherein the sole includes an outsole, a midsole, and an insole, and the opening extends in the outsole.

98. The heeling apparatus of Claim 61, wherein the sole includes an outsole, a midsole, and an insole, and the opening extends through the outsole and into the midsole .

99. The heeling apparatus of Claim 61, wherein the sole includes an outsole, a midsole, and an insole, and the opening extends through the outsole, the midsole, and into the insole.

100. The heeling apparatus of Claim 61, wherein the sole includes an outsole, a midsole, and an insole, and the opening extends through the outsole, the midsole, and the insole.

101. The heeling apparatus of Claim 61, further comprising :
a grind plate attached to the sole.

102. The heeling apparatus of Claim 101, wherein the sole includes a heel portion, an arch portion and a forefoot portion, and the grind plate is attached to the arch portion.

103. The heeling apparatus of Claim 61, wherein the footwear is a shoe.

104. The heeling apparatus of Claim 61, wherein the footwear is a dress shoe.

105. The heeling apparatus of Claim 61, wherein the footwear is an athletic shoe.

106. The heeling apparatus of Claim 61, wherein the footwear is a loafer.

107. The heeling apparatus of Claim 61, wherein the footwear is a boot.

108. The heeling apparatus of Claim 61, wherein the footwear is a sandal.

109. The heeling apparatus of Claim 61, further comprising:
a wheel cover operable to cover a portion of the wheel that extends below a bottom of the sole and the opening.

110. The heeling apparatus of Claim 61, further comprising :
a wheel stop operable to prevent rotation of the wheel on the axle.

111. The heeling apparatus of Claim 61, wherein the wheel and the axle of the wheel assembly are removable from the wheel assembly.

112. The heeling apparatus of Claim 111, further comprising:
a wheel cover operable to cover the opening when the wheel and axle are removed.

113. The heeling apparatus of Claim 112, wherein the wheel cover is operable to couple to the wheel assembly when the wheel and axle are removed.

114. The heeling apparatus of Claim 61, wherein the wheel has an axle opening, a first annular recess on a first side of the wheel that surrounds the axle opening on the first side, and a second annular recess on a second side of the wheel that surrounds the axle opening on the second side, and further comprising:
a first bearing positioned in the first annular recess on the first side of the wheel; and
a second bearing positioned in the second annular recess on the second side of the wheel, wherein the axle is positioned within the axle opening of the wheel such that the wheel is rotatably coupled to the axle through the first bearing and the second bearing.

115. The heeling apparatus of Claim 61, wherein the mounting structure includes a first member and a second member where the axle couples to the mounting structure such that the axle and the wheel may couple to the first member and the second member in a retracted position and an extended position.

116. The heeling apparatus of Claim 115, wherein the portion of the wheel that resides in the opening formed in the sole of the heeling apparatus is larger when in the retracted position as compared to the
extended position.

117. The heeling apparatus of Claim 115, wherein the axle is a collapsible axle.

118. The wheel assembly of Claim 117, wherein the collapsible axle may couple to the first member and the second member at a first position at the first member and the second member so that the wheel is in the retracted position, and wherein the collapsible axle may couple to the first member and the second member at a second position at the first member and the second member so that the wheel is in the extended position.

119. The heeling apparatus of Claim 115, wherein the axle may couple to the first member and the second member to move from a retracted position to an extended position through a king pin arrangement.

120. The heeling apparatus of Claim 115, wherein the axle may couple to the first member and the second member to move from a retracted position to an extended position through a spring arrangement.

121. The heeling apparatus of Claim 61, wherein the mounting structure includes a first member and a second member where the axle couples to the mounting structure through a friction fit.

122. The heeling apparatus of Claim 61, wherein the mounting structure includes a first member and a second member where the axle couples to the mounting structure through a threaded portion of the axle.

123. The heeling apparatus of Claim 61, wherein the sole includes a heel portion, an arch portion and a forefoot portion, and the opening is positioned in the heel portion, and a back heel portion of the heel portion is provided at a location behind the opening in the heel portion and is made of a wear resistant material.

124. A heeling apparatus comprising:
a footwear having a sole with an opening formed in a heel portion of the sole; and
a wheel rotatably mounted in the opening formed in the heel portion of the sole.

125. The heeling apparatus of Claim 124, wherein the wheel is a spherical ball.

126. A wheel/axle assembly for use in a wheel assembly of a heeling apparatus comprising:
a wheel having an axle opening, a first annular recess on a first side of the wheel that surrounds the axle opening on the first side, and a second annular recess on a second side of the wheel that surrounds the axle opening on the second side;
a first bearing positioned in the first annular recess on the first side of the wheel;
a second bearing positioned in the second annular recess on the second side of the wheel; and
an axle positioned within the axle opening of the wheel such that the wheel is rotatably coupled to the axle through the first bearing and the second bearing.

127. The wheel/axle assembly of Claim 126, wherein the wheel includes:
an inner core portion that forms the axle opening, the first annular recess, the second annular recess, and includes an outer curved surface; and
a softer outer tire positioned on the outer curved surface of the inner core portion.

128. The wheel/axle assembly of Claim 127, wherein the wheel is a dual durometer wheel.

129. The wheel/axle assembly of Claim 127, wherein the softer outer tire is urethane and the inner core portion is a hard plastic.

130. The wheel/axle assembly of Claim 126, wherein the axle includes a first radial indentation near a first end of the axle and a second radial indentation near a second end of the axle, and further comprising:
a first ring clip positioned in the first radial indentation of the axle to prevent the first bearing from moving off the axle; and
a second ring clip positioned in the second radial indentation of the axle to prevent the second bearing from moving off the axle.

131. The wheel/axle assembly of Claim 126, wherein the axle is a collapsible axle.

132. The wheel/axle assembly of Claim 131, wherein the collapsible axle is a spring loaded axle.

133. The wheel/axle assembly of Claim 131, wherein the collapsible axle is a screw adjustable axle.

134. The wheel/axle assembly of Claim 126, wherein the outer diameter of the first bearing and the outer diameter of the second bearing are less than half the outer diameter of the wheel.

135. The wheel/axle assembly of Claim 126, wherein the outer diameter of the first bearing and the outer diameter of the second bearing are more than half the outer diameter of the wheel.

136. The wheel/axle assembly of Claim 126, wherein the first bearing and the second bearing are precision bearings .

137. The wheel/axle assembly of Claim 136, wherein the precision bearings are ABEC grade precision bearings.

138. The wheel/axle assembly of Claim 126, wherein the axle has a rounded first end and a rounded second end.

139. The wheel/axle assembly of Claim 126, wherein the axle has a threaded first end and a threaded second end.

140. A method for making a heeling apparatus comprising :
providing a footwear that includes a sole;
forming an opening in the sole of the footwear that extends to a bottom surface of the sole; and
positioning a wheel assembly in the opening of the sole of the footwear.

141. The method of Claim 140, wherein the sole includes a heel portion, and wherein the forming an opening in the sole includes forming an opening in the heel portion of the sole.

142. The method of Claim 141, wherein the sole includes an arch portion, and wherein the forming an opening in the sole includes forming an opening that includes part of the arch portion and part of the heel portion of the sole.

143. The method of Claim 140, wherein the sole includes an arch portion, and wherein the forming an opening in the sole includes forming an opening in the arch portion of the sole.

144. The method of Claim 140, wherein the opening extends through the sole.

145. A method for using a heeling apparatus on a surface, comprising:
running on a surface by using a forefoot portion of a sole of the heeling apparatus to contact the surface; and
rolling on the surface with a wheel of the heeling apparatus extended below the bottom of the sole through an opening in the sole by using a wheel of the heeling apparatus to contact the surface.

146. The method of Claim 145, further comprising: walking on the surface while wearing the heeling apparatus with a wheel of the heeling apparatus extended below the bottom of a sole portion of the heeling apparatus before running on the surface.

147. The method of Claim 146, wherein the surface includes a decline.

148. The method of Claim 146, further comprising: engaging the wheel of the heeling apparatus to extend below the bottom of the sole portion of the heeling apparatus before walking on the surface.

149. The method of Claim 148, further comprising: walking on the surface while wearing the heeling apparatus before engaging the wheel of the heeling apparatus and with the wheel of the heeling apparatus retracted.

150. The method of Claim 146, wherein wearing the heeling apparatus includes wearing a heeling apparatus on each foot of a user.

151. The method of Claim 150, wherein rolling on the surface includes placing one heeling apparatus in front of another heeling apparatus.

152. The method of Claim 145, further comprising:
transitioning from rolling on the surface to either running, walking, or stopping on the surface by running on the surface through using the forefoot portion of the sole of the heeling apparatus to contact the surface just after rolling on the surface.

153. The method of Claim 145, further comprising:
slowing rolling by contacting the forefoot portion of the sole of the heeling apparatus to contact the surface .

154. The method of Claim 145, further comprising:
slowing rolling by contacting a heel portion of the sole of the heeling apparatus to contact the surface.

155. The method of Claim 145, wherein rolling on the surface includes the wheel extended partially below the bottom of the sole such that a portion of the wheel rolls in the opening in the sole.

156. The method of Claim 146, wherein walking on the surface includes walking with the wheel extended partially below the bottom of the sole such that the wheel is not readily visible when walking.

157. The method of Claim 146, further comprising: inserting a removable wheel in the opening of the sole before walking on the surface.

158. A heeling apparatus comprising:
a footwear having a sole with an opening formed in a heel portion of the sole;
a wheel assembly that includes a wheel mounted on an axle, and a mounting structure operable to support the axle so that a portion of the wheel resides in the opening, and wherein no other wheel is provided on the bottom of the sole.

159. The heeling apparatus of Claim 158, wherein the mounting structure includes a first member and a second member where the axle couples to the mounting structure such that the axle and the wheel may couple to the first member and the second member in a retracted position and an extended position through a hinged arrangement .