Like a riding boot it is elasticated both sides with a tab at the back to help the kids stomp the boot on. Once the have mastered the technique of pulling the boot on and the elastic has softened these are easy for the kids to get on & off themselves. Mckinlays are still made in Dunedin in New Zealand, they use a full quality leather that responds well to nugget. Really hard wearing kid's boot makes this a good choice for children that require hard wearing boots. This style has a thinner sole than the standard mckinlays hunter boot.