- Flexible, minimal Vibram rubber sole molds to your foot.
- Buckle closure for adjustable fit.
- Choose from our stock colors or design your own!
- Handcrafted in USA from premium, formaldehyde-free leathers.
The minimal, flexible design of this shoe allows natural foot function with a buckle closure. The strap has a buckle for adjustment with a gentle elastic stretch at the closure for movement and easy on/off. We hear from many women who tell us their foot pain disappears when they put on these Merry Janes! Made with our signature premium full grain leather and durable Vibram soles.
Interested in a sheepskin innersole for this shoe? Click here!
- This is the best shoe I've ever owned.Review by Starr
- Good shoes but not for flat feetReview by Flat feet
- Most Comfortable Shoes I own.Review by Elizabeth
- Perfect indoor shoes for school!Review by Jen
- Best OptionReview by Anna
When I wear fivefingers I get tons of "are they comfortable?" but when I wear soft star shoes I get "where can I get those?"
For sizing- I've tried the 7 wide, the 8 regular, and the 8 wide. According tot he chart I'm in between the 7 and 8. Both the 7 wide and the 8 wide fit me great and are very comfortable and by a hair I prefer the 8 wide so I'm sticking with that in the future. I have both and wear both.
For the width, I do need the wide but not because of the width of my feet. Rather, it's the shape. The Mary Janes in wide are shaped slightly differently than the regular in that the big toe areas are more straight in the wide vs. more curvy in the regular. I have very straight big toes (basically helthy big toes with no hint of bunions) so in the regular mary jane there's extra space in the big toe area, which creates an obvious wrinkle.
The mary janes in wide fit my foot shape a lot better so although they're technically bigger they look smaller. It seems backwards but that's the best way I have of explaining it. (Posted on 4/19/13)
- Shoe-Love!Review by Jessie
I needed something appropriate for work and these fit the bill! Attractive (I get complements all the time from patients), completely cozy (I stand and walk all day on concrete covered in carpet), and versatile (I wear them in summers without socks and I wear wool knee-highs under them in winter). I fit a "regular" and can wear woolies under them without them getting too snug.
Once, when hiking in British Columbia, I twisted my ankle in my hiking boots and couldn't stand the pressure of my boots on my ankle. I'd packed my MerryJanes as camp shoes and wore them the rest of the steep hike down. They held up surprisingly well while I scrambled down a scree/talus field and descended the trail. Impressive durability!
I am ordering another pair in brown. My feet are IN LOVE with these shoes. (Posted on 10/29/12)
- Comfortable and CuteReview by Angela
- ADORE this shoe!Review by Kelly
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Unsure about your size? Our printable guide will help you find the best fit for your feet! Just click the button below to print the guide and follow the instructions on the page (if you don't have access to a printer then scroll down for another option).
Note: before you print the guide, make sure your printer settings will not shrink or scale the page. Uncheck any boxes labeled "Fit to Printable Area" and/or set scaling options to "None."
Want more details? Check out this video for visual step-by-step instructions:
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You can still measure feet using the method below (also shown in our sizing videos). You can then scroll down and see where your measurements fall on our sizing charts to find the recommended shoe size. All you need is a book, a tape measure and a wall.
Note: we no longer recommend tracing your feet because it usually gives a larger measurement than the method described below. Our sizing charts work in accordance with the following method.
To measure your feet:
- 1. Remove shoes and socks and place the bare foot so that the heel is barely touching a wall.
- 2. Place a book in on the floor, parallel to the wall, so that it is barely touching the front of the longest toe.
- 3. Step away carefully and measure the distance from the book to the wall.
- 4. Scroll down and look for this measurement on the sizing charts below to find the recommended shoe size.
Once you find your length measurement, you can use table below to best find your corresponding size.
Wide/Narrow: Trouble deciding your width? Our best recommendation is to order a wide or narrow only if you have found you need those custom widths in other brands for your feet to be comfortable. If you have never found you needed wide or narrow shoes before then we suggest sticking with our regular width.
If you find yourself between two shoe sizes, we recommend ordering the larger size. This is especially true of our adult Phoenix Boots, Portlanders and Rogue casual shoes, which run a bit small.
Care Tips for Full Grain Leather Shoes
WHEN THEY FIRST ARRIVE:
Soft Star Shoes are made from eco-friendly leathers tanned in the USA. Leather is a natural product and some variation in texture and hide markings is to be expected. Because we use leather colored with non-toxic food grade dyes, there will likely be some initial color transfer to your socks or skin if your shoes become damp. This will decrease with use, but we don't recommend wearing your new Soft Stars with your favorite white socks the first time you take them for a spin.
If your shoes are a little snug at first in the toe box area, you can gently stretch them by stuffing the toe box with a dry cloth. Push the cloth tightly into the front of the shoe and let sit stuffed overnight to stretch. Do not use a damp cloth as the water can stain the leather or innersole* of some leather types, rendering it non-returnable.
Most full grain leather we use is naturally water resistant, but our special vegetable-tanned leather (available only by custom selection on some of our design-your-own shoes) is a "naked" leather and will stain from water alone. You can clean shoes as needed with water dampened cloth* and let air dry, but please note if you do this on vegetable-tanned leather then you will need to wet/stain the entire shoe to avoid water marks. Condition the leather as often as desired with any quality leather dressing, but be careful to keep it away from the edges of your rubber soles. Do not use mink oil on your shoes, as it can degrade the adhesion on bonded soles and cause the sole to separate from your shoe over time. We highly recommend Bee Natural Amore for general conditioning or Rain & Snow on leather for enhanced water resistance. The color on shiny metallic shoes will eventually patina with use into an antique wear look, which can be accelerated with repeated use to water and high wear (e.g. scuffing toes).
For all of our leathers (except vegetable-tanned) you can clean by hand with a damp cloth, or if needed you can hand wash your leather shoes using a gentle shampoo and cool water*. We do not recommend frequent washing of any leather product as it strips the leather of it's natural oils and tends to dry stiffer.
We are often asked if our shoes can be washed in a washing machine. While not recommended as a normal course of action, when in dire straits the Elves have been known to toss a pair of shoes in the machine and generally have had good results. Just don't mix them with any other item because of color bleeding, and do NOT put shoes the dryer. Shoes with sheepskin can take 3-4 days to air dry if fully submerged in water, but you can speed up the drying by stuffing with old newspapers and replacing the paper twice a day.