I bought these for my 8 year old daughter to do a charity walk up to the summit of Mount Snowdon. I would agree that they do look on the small side compared to her regular shoe size but they have fitted the bill brilliantly. These have been her first hiking boots and she has completed Snowdon without any signs at all of blisters, chafing etc. She can wear them all day for general use and has never complained of discomfort. In fact, I have been so impressed with them that I have already bought the next size up too! Best value boot I could find and have withstood the rigours of climbing Snowdon. Many thanks.