My six year old daughter was lucky enough to receive a pair for review, which have become her "outdoor shoes" (although with non-marking soles, they would be perfect for indoors as well).
The shoes are very attractive, and I was relieved that her size (2) came in a velcro style. We've worked on the lace-tying thing, but when kids have to take their shoes on and off so many times during the school day, velcro is easier (on them, and whatever adult helps them prepare for outdoors).
Tip: The last pair of outdoors she had came with regular laces, so we picked up some "Quick Snaps" (see below) to convert them.
Frannie's review of her new New Balances:
"They feel really soft inside and they're pretty useful for a lot of kids for running and jumping and stuff. You should have good shoes like this because if you're in school you need them for all the running. You can't wear sandals or party shoes. The N is sparkly but it's hard to notice. The colours are really bright. If you don't know how to tie your shoes you don't have to with these shoes and you can get them on and off fast."
Time will tell how well these will hold up, but knowing they're New Balance does give me peace of mind that they'll be good for her feet and likely last long enough to be handed down to Maggie. (Poor Maggie, always getting the hand-me-downs!)
MSRP: $39.95 (infant/pre-school) to $54.95 (youth).
Disclosure: I was provided with a pair of shoes for review purposes. Opinions are, as always, my own.