I have twin ten year old girls, and I bought these for them. I like the idea of both adjustment points, and the one at the heel doesn't seem to bother either of them. I haven't had any problems with the shoes wearing out, and that even includes the fact that my kids have just started and are still learning about proper footwork. For the most part, if I am going to buy shoes for the kids, to be honest, my first motive it cheapness. They are kids and the shoes will either be grown out of quickly or worn out quickly. Nothing against 5.10 or other brands, but if I can save 20 bucks, then that is 20 more dollars I can spend on other gear. Once the kids learn about rock climbing, learn proper footwork, and consistently enjoy going out and doing it, then I will think about getting something a little more expensive.