We love the soft soled shoes, but with an active toddler and it getting cold outside, I wanted to try out the hard soles. These do not bend at all, and I would not recommend them for toddlers. They should only make these sizes for at least age 5 and up as toddlers need soles that are at least some what flexible. Every other brand of hard sole shoe we’ve gotten still has give where you can bend the toe part forward to make sure your kid can easily use them. These are so stiff that I don’t want my toddler using them. Unfortunately, I got them on sale so I can’t return them. Also, the sizing difference between going up a size from soft sole to hard sole is a lot more than in the soft soles. I left an extra star because they are pretty, but it’s quite a disappointment to not be able to use them.