I purchased these shoes for my 4 and a half year old daughter who has been in ballet/tap for a little over a year. All the other shoes I have purchased from this site have been fine, with elastics attached. These were not FULLY explained that you would have to go to a shoe shop to have them sewn, which will cost as much or more than the shoes, which is ridiculous. Considering that this type is marketed to children (and new parents in the dance world) I would expect this to have been explained better than "Elastics attached at the heel." My husband and I were completely confused when we opened the package to find loose elastics with no way to wear the shoes. I'll be returning these. I recommend the "Capezio Daisy" ballet shoes (their best seller) instead.