When it comes to style, my daughter marches to the beat of her own drum. She is constantly on the lookout for ways to uniquely express herself by the way she dresses. That's why, when she saw these pink and zebra striped shoes (with turquoise laces, no less), she HAD to have them. Apparently they were the perfect match for a pair of shorts she had. Or something. Anyhow, perhaps it was a weak moment on my part because normally I don't make snap decisions when it comes to buying footwear. Still a growing girl, she usually grows out of her shoes before they wear out. That said, those shoes came home with us that day. I actually have been pleasantly surprised. The novelty has not worn off with them as she wears them at least two to three times a week. The shoes have also held up very well in that there is no separation of the canvas at the seams or where it joins the sole or at the eyes where the laces pass through. Speaking of the sole, it has held up well also. No peeling or wearing away of the rubber, except for what would normally be expected. I am happy with this purchase and would recommend this shoe to any blossoming diva.