Got this now (Jan, '11) when they're on sale, for the upcoming summer. These are great shoes. My kids have had them before. I love the toe and heel protection on this style. My kids wear them all summer long, walking on land and in water. In the spring and fall, they wear them to school with socks (closed toes, so they're OK.) After all that, the shoes would still be good for another season. Too bad my kids feet grow!