Bought these for my 5 year old. She keeps up with me hiking 3 mile loops in the woods. She's climbed mountains since she was born but of course, I carried her then...no shoes required. She is on her own two feet now and running, finding puddles, slippery rocks and wet bridges along the way. She needs real shoes that offer the same protection, traction and all of the same dvantages as adult shoes offer. These do the trick! Plus, she loves them because they are bright & comfy! Bonus...they were a steal on this site!!!