I bought these for my 10-year-old daughter before she went ziplining with her Girl Scout troop because she needed sturdy shoes. Since then, she has worn them regularly to school and even to basketball practice. (And you can't get a 10-year-old to wear shoes she doesn't like!) Yesterday we had an especially rainy day. She looked outside and said, "I better wear my waterproof shoes." My non-waterproof shoes were soaked after the walk to school, and my feet got super wet. Hers stayed completely dry. I couldn't believe it. What a well-made, versatile shoe for kids!