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SPECIAL EDITION Adult Metro - Snakeskin Print

Our Metro design features a clean and elegant appearance that is ideal for both casual wear or dressier occasions. This special edition Metro features a stylish snake-print leather—available for only a short time!

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Prices starting at $125.00

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  • Made from snake-print leather (bovine leather textured to look like snakeskin)
  • Interior seam for classy, fashionable look.
  • Flexible and durable 4mm Vibram Cherry sole.
  • Buckle closure.
  • Handcrafted in USA from premium, formaldehyde-free leathers.

Our latest Metro design features an interior seam for a clean and elegant appearance. Ideal for both casual wear or dressier occasions, this shoe includes a buckle closure and natural leather uppers. The 4mm Vibram Cherry sole used on this shoe is lightweight with excellent abrasion and slip-resistant characteristics—comfortable and flexible, yet durable for everyday use.

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Reviews

Wonderfully fantastic!Review by Meme314
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I have only recently been introduced to the minimalist footwear world, but I am hooked! Last year I bought my first pair of minimalist sneakers and have been looking for a pair of "dressy" shoes ever since. I came across Soft Star Shoes website and was thrilled to see shoes that could pass for "dressy!" Now my feet can be forever free!! The minute I put these shoes on, I knew I could never take them off. Adorably cute, super soft, smooth leather and fantastically wide toe boxes. Now to find some sandals for my baby this summer... (Posted on 2/27/14)
My feet look differentReview by Wendy
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For years, I have been wearing arch support in my shoes. That meant no high heels (that was the lucky part of it) and no nice looking shoes. Not wearing the inserts meant sore feet. My children have been wearing Soft Star Shoes from day one, and when I saw the Merry Jane Metro, I decided to just go for it. That was in March 2013. Now, almost a year later, my feet have changed. I no longer wear inserts in my shoes, my toes have some room between them now, and my big toes that used to be/have hallux valgus are almost straight now. And my hammertoes are straight as well! Me and my feet love my MJ's :) (Posted on 2/17/14)
These feet are healed!Review by Stephany
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To say that Soft Star has saved my feet is an understatement.

After reading Born to Run about four years ago, I began to wonder if I couldn't fix my horribly painful feet by changing my shoes and habits. I am a former ballerina with pointe shoe PTSD, in the form of hallux rigidus (stiff big toe) and arthritis in my toes and the ball of my foot. Each of my toes has been broken countless times, among other things you don't want to hear about (you saw Black Swan, right?).

Just a few years ago, I could not bend my big toe at all. The arthritis in my feet began to flare up in my mid-20s and had become nearly unbearable by the time I reached early 30s. There were days when every step on the street brought tears to my eyes.

I tried lots of things that didn't work: various podiatrists, all of whom prescribed various kinds of inserts and shoes with a stiff forefoot and stiff soles. They thought that preventing my big toe area from bending would prevent pain. All of it just made things worse. It would be too depressing to add up exactly what I spent on shoes and inserts, but it was easily over $1,000, no question.

I read Born to Run and was agog. It gave me hope that self-healing my feet might be possible. I started with Vibram Five Fingers, which I felt foolish wearing, and found Soft Star when looking for U.S. made shoes. My "gateway shoe" was a leather Adult Dash Runamoc in SF Giants orange and brown, on sale in case it didn't go well. I also started working to mobilize my stiff feet, Kelly Starrett Mobility style.

Well, I'm still wearing those sale shoes (they barely look worn), have two pairs of Merry Janes, and just ordered a fourth pair DYO Adult Original Runamocs today (in Moss, Watermelon and Chocolate suede - can't wait).

I really can't wear anything but Soft Star Shoes now. A few years after my first purchase, my feet are 100% pain free almost every day. My back pain and knee pain have also vanished. My toes are farther apart when I stand barefoot, I can bend my toes without using my hands (yep, just with my brain), and my feet no longer have such a pronounced "bunion like" appearance. My feet have gotten wider, which I only realized when I tried on older shoes: they'd become far too narrow and tight, especially in the toe box, when they used to fit fine. I've had to give them all away but who cares? They weren't any good for me anyway.

Thank you, thank you, thank you Soft Star. My feet are healed! (Posted on 1/9/14)
Magical Shoes - They Shrunk My FeetReview by jinxdoll
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I waited a week before posting a review to get a real feel for them and they are the BEST shoes I've ever bought. I got my shoes in a seven wide, which is what my normal size is. I forgot that barefoot or minimalist shoes already come with wide toe boxes and that leather stretches. However, with some socks it's just right because it's cold anyway. I'm sorely tempted to buy a seven regular just for the warmer months and keeping the wides for the colder ones. I'm also very tempted to get a pair of the ballet flats because they're cute and was hesitating because they didn't have any wides...but I guess my feet aren't as wide as I thought.

The leather is soft like butter and there was no break in time. I've tried other American made shoes and they were horribly hard to break in, like three weeks before they were just right. I also looked at the soles expecting them to wear down as fast as the soles of my last shoes, but nothing so far. I can wear it at work.

I like wearing minimalist shoes and dislike socks most of the time and these are perfect. I'm also tempted to make a pair of TARDIS blue ones (I believe the ocean leather is the closest shade), but maybe when they have the design it yourself for the ballet flats.

And I promise next order I will triple check the address and make sure I get it right. (Posted on 11/24/13)
How I love theeReview by Lindsay
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These shoes are fantastic. I'd been looking everywhere for a casual barefoot style shoe with excellent ground feel, zero drop, etc. At first I thought they looked a bit funny, just because I'm used to seeing my toes squashed into a narrow toe box. And like another reviewer mentioned, I thought the leather resting on my toes would be a problem at first. I also thought they might be a little too big, especially on my smaller foot. But after a few weeks, I fell in love. They don't scream "I'm weird!" like my 5 fingers, but they are a bit unusual looking. Maybe passersby will think I got them in Europe. They are so comfortable it is like having nothing at all on. I got the leather sole. I love it, but as the elves warn, they are super slippery on some wet surfaces, like brick. It's like trying to walk on ice if the brick sidewalk is wet. I'm going to get a pair of dashes now, with the 2mm sole so that I can wear them if the ground is a little wet or it is sprinkling.
(Posted on 9/27/13)
Excellent Quality, Workmanship and Comfort!!!Review by Jodi L
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These were the most luxurious shoes I have ever put on my feet. I did not want to take them off! I actually forgot that I had shoes on. I have horrible issues with shoes, until I started wearing Soft Star shoes! I own a suede pair of RunAmoc with the trail soles and a pair of smooth leather Metro Merry Jane with the velcro strap and leather soles. I work on concrete for 8 hours a day. My feet do not bother me at all. My favorite sole is the leather. I am now ordering the Dash RunAmoc with the leather sole. The only shoes I now own are Soft Star. I plan on ordering more shoes from Soft Star. The leather soles have durability as do the shoes. I am very rough on shoes. I have had the RunAmoc for about 9 months and the Merry Jane for 3 months. I live in the Pacific Northwest where we get a lot of rain. I cannot wear the Merry Jane if it is raining but they have been soaked and I let them dry then put them back on and as soon as they warm to my feet you would never know they had been soaking wet. There is a connection between my feet and my Merry Jane's!!! It is an experience there are no words for you just have to wear a pair to feel what I would love to express.

Soft Star and the Elves have truly outdone themselves!!! (Posted on 9/21/13)
Good Quality & Comfortable Casual ShoeReview by Juli
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I bought my Maryjane Metro shoes about 3 weeks ago. Here are the pros and cons of this shoe in my opinion.

Cons:
This isn't a con, but this is not an ultra formal shoe. It is mostly casual in appearance but it can be versatile depending on what you wear.
The sole is quite wide near the ball of the foot. It feels comfortable but some women may not like such a wide area if they want a more dressy appearance or if they want to have slim looking feet.
The leather rests on top of the big toes (literally on top of the toenails). I thought that might bother me but after wearing these for three weeks it doesn't. The leather is soft, so that is probably why it still feels comfortable.
Be aware that a toe bump can be seen on each shoe. For a comfortable, casual shoe that is ok.
I'd like to see black, tan, and a chocolate colored versions at this price. I would buy them.

Pros:
The leather is excellent quality
The workmanship is great
The shoes are very comfortable
The sole has no lumps for an arch
The sole has a slight cushion to it, yet it is thin
A wide toe box allows toes to splay naturally
The burgundy color is a brownish-red (Posted on 2/22/13)

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Sizing Tips

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).

 

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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.

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Once you find your length measurement, you can use table below to best find your corresponding size.

 

Adult Shoe Sizing Chart

 

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.

Style notes:

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

Care Tips for Full Grain Leather Shoes

WHEN THEY FIRST ARRIVE:

Soft Star Shoes are made from eco-friendly, tanned in USA leathers.  Leather is a natural product and some variation in texture and markings is to be expected.  Because we use natural food-grade dyes in our leather, there will likely be some initial color transference to your socks or skin if your shoes become damp - this will decrease with use but please don't wear 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 slightly damp rag.  Push the cloth tightly into the front of the shoe - don't worry, you cannot hurt it!  Let the shoes sit stuffed overnight to stretch.

MAINTENANCE:

The full grain leather we use is naturally water resistant. Clean as needed with water dampened rag and let air dry. Condition the leather as often as desired with any quality leather dressing, but take care to keep it away from the edges of your rubber soles.  Mink oil 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 - this can be accelerated with repeated use to water and high wear (e.g. scuffing toes).

WASHING:

You can use a damp cloth, or if needed you can hand wash your leather shoes using a gentle shampoo and cool water.  We don't 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 - you can speed up the drying by stuffing with old newspapers and replacing the paper 2x a day. 

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