My daughter just started ballet (she is 4) so I ordered these shoes for her. They are a light shade of pink which my daughter loves and they have a small bit of padding on the ball and on the heel of the foot. They do not tie, like some ballet shoes do, but the elastic strap is able to hold the shoe snuggly in place for my daughter. We have been using these shoes for almost two months and the strap still holds tightly. I ordered a 9M and my daughter wears a 9-9 1/2 in toddler shoes. I would recommend these to any first time ballet moms.