My husband and I each have KEEN sandals for ourselves and absolutely love them. At the beginning of the summer, I had purchased several other pairs of sandals for our 2yo son from Stride Rite. Stride Rite is generally known to be a well-made shoe and they aren't cheap, but my active toddler had just about destroyed them in less than 2 months. I tried some knock-off KEEN-like shoes from a department store that rubbed blisters on his feet within a week and the rubber on the toe shredded. Finally in June, we decided to just spend the $50 and buy the Newports. I have never been so absolutely pleased with a shoe in my life. My son loves to jump in puddles, run through the hose, and drag his feet on the concrete while riding his bike, and these shoes have stood-up to it all. They are so easy to just hose off when dirty, and they look as good as new. I've had other friends who go through shoe after shoe because their toddler drags his toes on the concrete while riding his bike. You can't even tell that these have seen the concrete. I'm definitely going to be buying a pair of KEENs for fall.winter as well.