Swissies 'Orion' Sneaker (Toddler, Little Kid & Big Kid)
I bought my son's shoes over two months ago. He was 4 yrs. old at the time, when he saw these he quickly asked to try a pair. He tested it at the store (ran around a little) and came back to me saying, " these shoes make me run fast,". I was happy to purchase them, currently he is still loving the comfort and feel of being "fast" everyday he goes to school and runs/ plays with his friends. I am definitely happy with how sturdy these shoes are, granted he scraped off the lining of the toe parts one day playing a bit too rough at the yard. My son is " very hard" on all his shoes, usually after 3 months the shoes are "completely dead" and so far these have survived. I will definitely buy more of this brand.
Velcro Strap Defect
I love to buy my little boys premium products, especially from Nordstroms. That said, I was very dissappointed when both my boys Swissies velcro strap sepparated (the strap cloth part from the actual velcro). Given that it was a problem with BOTH sets of shoes, I'm giving this product a 1 rating since it happend just a week after purchase.
Finally a nice sneaker with a leather insert and velcro closure for older kids. Fits great, my son loves these. Please know that all shoes by this brand are highly scented. It doesn't bother us because the scent is pleasant (similar to baby powder).
I am not sure about the durability of these, we are on our second pair now. The first pair was ruined after one day of play and "scraping" the toes against the ground by riding on a toy. All of the material on the front came off. Perhaps my son played too rough, not sure. We are going to use the second pair for school only.