Alyssa Ericksonwrote a review of Mad Rock Mad Monkey 2.0 Climbing Shoe - Kids' on May 1, 2013
We love this kid's shoe. It performs well, but mostly it costs less than all the competitors. And as a parent, that matters...cause my kid's feet grow too fast. The updated heel velcro works well to customize fit. This allowed me to buy them big and get more miles out of them. I can fit a size 11 on my 3 yr old (size 8t foot) or my 5 yr old son (size 11t foot). It is big on the younger child, but they aren't climbing hard enough for it to matter.
Rubber is decently sticky and stiff foot bed really helps them versus just climbing in a tennis shoe.
If I could change anything, I'd re-work the velcro. Seems silly, but the velcro is so large and strong, my kids often cannot get it undone. And when you have three kids climbing...it is nice not to HAVE TO help with shoes. Also my oldest daughter has a narrow foot, I have trouble getting the velcro tight enough. I think they would be made even better if there were two velcro straps on the tongue, allowing for an even more custom fit.