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. Made with shiny platinum natural leather uppers and a closed back with adjustable strap to 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 Soft Star shoe size. See the video below for sizing tips.
- Cute and comfortable Review by L
I wish Softstar would have the visualizer for the sandals so people can see what a custom pair would look like. I'd like to get a customized pair of sandals but I probably won't because I can't see what some of those colors would look like. (Posted on 3/25/17)
- Love my new sandals ! Review by Jo
- I'm in Love Review by Kim
- Excellent Review by Marilyn
- My first pair of Soft Star shoes Review by Kikki
- Best Sandals Review by Jane
Also the Elves are very helpful...I've called them several times, and they have been very knowledgeable and have pointed me in the right direction. Thanks to all involved in your fabulous business! (Posted on 9/29/14)
- So happy that I took the plunge Review by sherrie
I thought I wanted green, but after trying on the Aged Oak, I fell in love. These shoes are so cute and so comfortable.
I was sore for a few days - this was my first pair of minimal shoes. I usually wore clunky 'orthopedic' friendly shoes and clogs.
Now, it's nearly September. My Solstice Sandals are as comfortable as the day I bought them. They did stretch a bit, to better fit my foot.
The vibram sole shows some wear, but they are nowhere near being worn out.
All in all - a great experience and a great purchase! (Posted on 8/27/14)
- love these shoes! Review by barefoot mama
- The perfect sandal Review by SadieK
- Confortable and stylish. Review by Perfect!
- Worth the wait Review by SuBee
As the elves predicted for me, the back is comfortable and does not rub at all. The sizing video was very helpful. I went down a size and up a width and they fit perfectly. I don't usually need wide shoes but my foot is definitely at the wide edge of "average," and my toes are sort of squared off as opposed to tapered. The wide is just right for me. Super happy with these, thank you, Soft Star! (Posted on 5/8/14)
- Extremely comfortable, cute sandal Review by Tara
One suggestion I have for the Elves is to make the sole with the bullhide leather option for earthing purposes. I tried the Dash with the leather sole and love it, but the style isn't as feminine. I'll be trying to Mary Jane Metro because that can be made with the leather sole.
Other than that suggestion, these sandals are a home run! Thank you Soft Star! (Posted on 5/6/14)
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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).
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:
No Printer? No Problem!
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).
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.