These were the only shoes that came up narrow enough for my son. He has found them a little harder than the normal branded shoes I buy and has only worn them for a day and complained they hurt his feet! They may end up being a false economy for us if he refuses to try them again! I thought they looked nicely made and tough enough for school and the design was what he liked. I guess the reason they are almost £20 cheaper than the alternatives is because they don't come with the guarantee that they will not rub, pinch etc.