I cringe at buying athletic footwear on-line, sight unseen for my active children. But I have no regrets on this one. It is a very traditional, good quality shoe. There are many more expensive shoes on the market, but for an 8 year old, this will do just perfectly! Fits just exactly at the size I expected, and will get my 8 year old through a season of soccer. I would not hesitate to make this purchase again!