Adult Solstice Sandal - Black

Go ahead, show some toe ;) With soft, beautiful leather and a breezy, lightweight design, the Solstice gives you everything you need...and nothing you don't. Complete with an adjustable strap and flexible sole for easy, confident movement, this simple sandal is a warm-weather essential!

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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 black natural leather uppers feature clean lines accented with contrast stitching, 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 for adjustable fit
  • 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.

Customer Reviews

Simply Beautiful Review by Medina
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I love ❤️ these sandals. The comfort level is to the moon. (Posted on 11/28/17)
My new favorite shoes! Review by Jessica
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My sandals are so comfy. I'm 270 pounds, so I was afraid I wouldn't have enough support. My feet, ankles, knees feel GREAT. I'm always on the go and these shoes are super soft and comfy. Not to mention really cute. Now that Fall is almost here I need to order some shoes so I can let my sandals rest. I love all the shoe selections and can't wait to pick some out. (Posted on 9/19/17)
Best shoes ever Review by Jane
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I love my shoes, they are awesome. I have a standing desk at work, and wear them all day. End of the day, my feet are happy. (Posted on 8/9/17)
Comfy - fantastic ground feel and flexibility Review by Helen
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I really like my Solstice shoes but they still have a bit too much of a traditional pointy toe box like regular shoes for my preference. This is my main reason for 4 stars instead of 5. Sometimes, the tip of the shoe catches on the ground as I walk particularly on the left foot as it is shorter than my right. I have the 7U regular but I think that I would probably be able to go down to a 6U Wide as I seem to have a bit more space at the front now that they are well and truly worn in.
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
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I am a relatively new believer in "barefoot" shoes, but the Solstice has just fueled the fire! My husband and I recently spent four days in the District of Columbia for our anniversary, and during that trip, we averaged about 25 miles. Through museums, up and down the mall, traipsing up and down to the nearest metro station, and these shoes totally performed. We did have some rainy weather (weekend of the ScienceMarch) so my pretties need a date with a suede brush, and some leather conditioner, but I am truly happy with how they performed.

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
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This is my first pair of Softstar sandals; won't be my last. I ordered mine to wear at a "beach formal" destination (coming up soon) and wanted something comfortable and festive. With lots of helpful input from the Elves, we figured that I should indeed size down from my usual 10U Ballerines but go to a wide due to high instep. Also because of the high instep, we added 1/2" to the length of the strap and that worked beautifully. My Solstice sandals are platinum with gold flowers and they will go as dressy as I need, but after the wedding I plan to wear them all summer with my jeans and white pants and tailored black ones and all kinds of dresses. Now I'm eyeing the new limited edition floral ones... (Posted on 3/1/17)
My new favorite sandals for everyday wear! Review by Shannon
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I have several pairs of Soft Star shoes that I love, but was a little hesitant to try these because, based on the photos, the toe box looked too pointy. However, I really wanted a non-huarache style minimalist sandal for everyday wear in the summer, and I'm so glad I tried these! I have to admit, the first few days of wear were pretty uncomfortable as the leather around the toes stretched out. But they now fit perfectly and I can even wear Correct Toes with them. Also, I absolutely love the purple color. It's not too bright, goes with everything, and is a nice alternative to black or brown.

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
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When ordering go with the recommendation to order a smaller size than closed Soft Star Shoes. I absolutely love the color, and walking in them for hours. No tired feet or blisters. Have gotten a lot of compliments for the style and color. (Posted on 6/7/16)
Outstanding! Review by Jennifer
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First addressing the size, YES, order a size smaller. I was very leery of this since I own a pair of Ramblers that are too small for my 9.5 feet - solidly a 9.5 in every shoe except these. I even had the toe box stretched. Despite my experience with the Ramblers (which I LOVE), I ordered these a size smaller and they fit perfect.

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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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. 1. Remove shoes and socks and place the bare foot so that the heel is barely touching a wall.
  2. 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. 3. Step away carefully and measure the distance from the book to the wall.
  4. 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.

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 and Rogue casual shoes, which run a bit small.

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.

 

MAINTENANCE:

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).

 

WASHING:

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.

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