- Genuine Sheepskin innersoles keep feet dry in summer & warm in winter while providing comfort and cushioning.
- Indoor / Dry outdoor shoe.
- Elastic ankle closure—easy on and stays on!
- Can be worn with or without socks.
- Handcrafted in USA from premium, formaldehyde-free leathers.
Our Roo moccasins are made with traditional suede soles that are flexible and soft. This sole works well for both indoor and dry outdoor use. Suede is naturally durable and non-skid. Over time this soft leather will lovingly wear into a smoother, moisture-resistant surface (if you wish to restore the non-skid properties of suede you can gently rub the sole with a wire brush to lift the natural fibers).
Inside the shoe you will find generous sheepskin innersoles that keep the foot protected, dry and comfortable. Genuine sheepskin is nature's heat regulator—it keeps feet dry in the summer and cozy in the winter. Inner elastic hugs the ankle, making the shoe easy to slip on and stay on.
- Update almost a year laterReview by Naomi
- Perfect FootwearReview by ShareOn
- AwesomeReview by BP
Yes it was a little tight around the toes at first, but I was patient, and within a couple of days it had stretched and become perfectly comfortable.
I bought these shoes through my interest in grounding / earthing and barefoot walking. It's rare to find shoes that are minimalist and grounding and so comfortable, so I really appreciate these. I wear them most of the time now, except for work and more formal occasions, for which I've just ordered the RunAmoc. I don't want to go back to "normal" hard soled shoes now.
I live in Australia, so I've brought the roo back home! For those of you worried about kangaroo leather, it's actually quite a good choice. There's no farming or land clearing or caging up of animals involved. Very environmentally friendly. Sadly, lots of kangaroos are culled in Australia because apparently they are overpopulated in rural areas and are a pest. But most of these are not even eaten or used. If they're going to be culled, we should at least be using them for something.
Note from Soft Star: Thanks BP for your feedback! We want to clarify that we do not use kangaroo leather. "Roo" is named after one of the nicknames of our very first baby elf.. .from way back in 1985. The leather used in the Roo is cowhide from US tanneries. Sorry for any confusion! (Posted on 5/30/14)
- MagicReview by Naomi
The sheepskin insoles are luxurious. I like that I can feel the ground through the suede sole. It is cold right now, and when I walk outside I can feel the cold ground through the shoes, but my feet do not get cold! How is that possible?
I would recommend these to everybody. My feet are no longer squashed, my legs and back don't hurt after work anymore. I have an office job but I try to stand several hours each day. When I wear my boots or any other shoe with a little heel my feet and legs hurt at the end of the day, and I can't wait to take them off. With the roos, I take them off RIGHT before I go to bed. If I were a child I would totally sleep with them on.
The end. (Posted on 12/4/13)
- Poor fit for Men's size 11 - tight in the toesReview by mhc
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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.
Moc Comparison & Durability
COMPARISON CHART Suede or Smooth Leather? Suede or Grippy Sole? Compare the best moccasin for you:
Suede "Roo" Upper
Smooth Leather "Viley" Upper
Most soft & comfortable style.
Available with suede or grippy sole.
Even more durable than suede—better for people who are "hard" on their shoes.
Water resistant upper.
Easier to keep clean from dirt and spills—better for people who are particular about how their shoes look over time.
Available with suede or grippy sole.
Grippy T-Rex Soles
Genuine sheepskin innersole.
Softest, most comfortable sole. Best for the true barefooter.
Sole will patina with wear, forming a thin skin that is slightly water resistant and very durable.
Initially non-slip. Possible to run and slide (if you want) on smooth floors once they are broken-in.
Can be worn outdoors on dry days.
Genuine sheepskin innersole.
A rubberized fabric is bonded to the suede soles for an extra layer of grip. This is NOT a rubber sole, but a thin rubber layer that covers the suede sole to prevent sliding on smooth floors.
Sole begins with "clean" black look. Over time it may wear off and show suede sole underneath in high wear spots.
Can be worn outdoors on damp surfaces (not a waterproof shoe)
Most people buy Soft Star moccasins as indoor-only shoes or slippers. They are also used in many Montessori and Waldorf classrooms as their comfortable fit promotes healthy foot development, balance and body awareness.
Our moccasins are also durable for outside wear with a few exceptions. Many of our customers have even trained for and run in marathons while wearing their moccasins! This being said, durability varies greatly from person to person. While most families end up passing down kid moccasins 2 or 3 times, we occasionally hear from customers who have worn through their shoes quite quickly when using them as outdoor play shoes in rough conditions, or when the size is too small and toenails cut against the front of the upper leather. The soft leather design is susceptible to tears or holes if used for scrambling in outdoor gravel environments or toes are dragged on bikes on pavement. They will not have the same durability as a synthetic running shoe, but they can last you years and years depending on your usage and wear habits. Think of them as leather gloves for your feet!
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.
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).
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.