If you've every wished you could go barefoot all summer, dream no more! The Solstice offers everything you could want in a sandal: a lightweight and open design, a classic and versatile silhouette, and a secure fit for free and easy movement. The Aged Whiskey natural leather uppers feature clean lines, and the closed back and adjustable strap secure the sandal to your foot (unlike that basket full of old flip-flops you've been meaning to phase-out). Perfect for treks to your favorite forest swim spot, strolls to the local ice cream shop, or dancing the night away at your next blowout barbecue, the Solstice just might become your next summer romance!
- Flexible, minimal Vibram rubber sole molds to your foot
- Buckle closure with elastic for easy on/off
- Handcrafted in USA from premium, responsibly-sourced leathers
Please note: the Solstice style runs big so we recommend going down a full size from your regular Softstar shoe size. See the video below for sizing tips.
- Simply Beautiful Review by Medina
- My new favorite shoes! Review by Jessica
- Best shoes ever Review by Jane
- Comfy - fantastic ground feel and flexibility Review by Helen
I'll be interested to see what the new Primal sole shape will be since the reason I haven't bought any of the closed in toe box Soft Star Shoes is because of the shape of the toe box. I've been wearing Lems shoes and the like for far too long to go back to any closed in shoe with any kind of pointy toe box.
However, my favourite thing about these shoes is the materials used for the sole. They are my all time favourite shoe for ground feel and flexibility of movement that comes from these soles (even better than my Lems - if the toe box was shaped more like the Lems they'd be perfect) and the leather upper is so soft that there is no breaking in period at all.
I agree with another review that I read somewhere on this site about the colour of the top of the sole. I think it would look neater if that suede like material was black, perhaps, particularly since these are my go to shoes for everything including dressing up. That would hide the big dirty toe prints that are visible in these open toe shoes that develop from wear and make the shoe look a bit less classy in a dressy environment.
Overall, still my go to shoe that I can walk for hours in with no problem. (Posted on 6/14/17)
- Best Walking Sandals EVER Review by Sara
Please DO pay attention to the sizing! Size down, even when you think you don't need to. I am a solid euro 40, mostly 9.5/10 US, and I sized down to the 7 wide, and other than being a bit loose across the toes (unless my edema sets in) they are absolutely perfect!
So, GO ORDER THESE SHOES! Love them! And thanks to the Elves!! (Posted on 5/12/17)
- Shiny Shoes for Summer Bliss Review by Rebecca
- My new favorite sandals for everyday wear! Review by Shannon
As far as sizing goes, I was skeptical at first about going down a full size. My feet are a very wide women's 8.5 and I wear the 7U wide in Merry Janes, with little room to spare (they're perfect without socks but too tight with even a thin pair). However, I decided to go with the 6U wide and am glad I did. As I mentioned above, they were really tight at first, but now that they've stretched out I think my normal size would be huge.
My only complaint is that the ankle strap hasn't stretched much so I have to keep it on the loosest hole, and some of the white elastic shows. It's not a big deal (and not surprising since I have high insteps), but I wonder if it would be possible to have the option of getting a longer strap in the future.
Note from the Elves: Shannon - if you dampen the strap of your shoes, and then pull (stretch) the strap, you should be able to lengthen it about a 1/2", but not much more. Hope this helps! (Posted on 6/9/16)
- Perfect Summer Shoe Review by Simone
- Outstanding! Review by Jennifer
I also have collapsed arches and was worried about wearing down the inside of the leather, but within a day they were like a slipper on my foot. So comfortable. Not a single blister.
Lots of compliments and I love the color.
My only minor complaint is getting stuff stuck in my shoes. I have to wiggle my foot forward and shake it out to get everything out. But, I also go into lots of places with my 5 year old that most people probably won't be going with these classy gals.
Soft Star rocks...once again! (Posted on 9/26/14)
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Find Your Size!
You can measure your feet at home using a book, a ruler and a wall. You can then see where the measurement fits on our charts below to find the recommended Softstar shoe size.
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 your 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 and Rogue casual shoes, which run a bit small.
Printable Stand-On Size Guides
We recommend using the measuring method shown above for the most accurate sizing, but if you'd like a simpler method then you may want to try our printable size guide. Just print the guide below and follow the instructions on the page.
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."
Care Tips for Full Grain (smooth) Leather Shoes
WHEN THEY FIRST ARRIVE:
Softstar 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 Softstars 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 or Nikwax Full Grain Waterproofing on smooth 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).
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. 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. Let them air dry. Do not attempt to dry your shoes by exposing them to high heat, such as a clothes dryer, a hair dryer or by leaving them on a radiator or next to a fire. Doing so may damage leather or rubber soles.
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. 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.