I bought these hiking boots for a trip my son and I were going on to South Manitou Island. He is five years old and this was his first trip. He did break them in on some local walks around town before going. We did 8 miles in one day and his feet did get sore the last mile that we were hiking but before that everything was peaches and cream! His feet being sore, I take the blame for that because I believe I shouldn't have gone as far as we did! I am so proud of him for doing it and not giving up and he said he couldn't wait to go on another backpacking trip to wear his new boots. He says just not as far though.