My daughter REALLY wanted these shoes! I wore Converse shoes when I was in school, so it is neat to see this brand span time, and still be considered "cool"! I love how they are now velcro rather than true tie-up, however the only drawback is that the tongue slips to the side. I am going to glue one side in place with fabric glue - hopefully that will just be enough the keep the tongue centered and still be able to slip a foot into. But all in all, my daughter wears these to school almost daily, and loves them!