Please note: the patterned leather we use for this floral sandal has a subtle wrinkled look. Many of the wrinkles will smooth out when the shoes are worn (see images above for example). Unlike our traditional natural finish, this vibrant print has a polymer-infused top layer bonded to the leather. As a result, this leather is more water resistant and durable.
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 natural smooth leather uppers feature a unique floral pattern—available only for a limited time—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
Sizing 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.
- Beautiful Minimal Shoe Review by Britney
- Floral sandals are so pretty Review by Marillyn
- Aged Oak Review by Sonia
- Awesome Review by Toucansam
- Simple, Classic, Comfortable Review by Alicia
Earthy colour that is neutral enough to match all my clothes. (Aged Oak)
Classic style that is casual enough for the beach or cottage, but polished enough for "city" wear.
They fit beautifully and are so simply comfortable. I feel like I am barefoot, with the protection of a sole.
I enjoy wearing them hiking and exploring in nature as well as simply around home.
The instructions for choosing a size were spot on. I wear a 7U in the Ballerine and a 6U fits perfectly in the Solstice Sandal.
..and they are of great, durable quality!
Such a great purchase! (Posted on 5/2/16)
- Great - Can't wait! Review by Spinning Mom
(Posted on 10/12/15)
- Great sandals; be careful with sizing down. Review by Janet
That said, my experience suggests taking the advice to size down with a grain of salt.
I wear a 6U in the RunAmoks with socks. I wear a 5U in Merry Janes with no socks (and with a little stretching to fit my big toe). Following the advice on this site, I tried on these sandals in 5U and 4U-Wide. The 4s looked better, with less sole showing in front of my toes, so I kept them.
After a summer of wearing the 4s, I can conclusively say they are too small. The evidence:
1. Even though they are broken in, my pinkie toes always feel cramped in them.
2. If my feet get swollen at the end of the day, they are excruciatingly tight.
3. If I wear them two days in a row, my arches cramp up. I don't have this problem with my Merry Janes!
I just ordered a pair of 5Us to try on. They are not perfect - my big toe is not well-centered, and my pinkie toes still feel too snug - so I am going to try a 5U-Wide to see if that alleviates these problems. BUT the 5Us are definitely the right length. My feet can stretch out and my arch does not feel cramped.
I guess my advice is to pay extra attention to *how* your foot fits in the sandal. Unlike with the Merry Janes, stretching will give you extra width but not extra length. You might also try them on at the end of the day when your feet are the biggest. (Posted on 8/14/15)
- Love these! Review by Kim
- Comfortable Review by Lucky Lass
- I love these sandals Review by Christine
- I love these sandals Review by Sherrie
I even washed them. In the machine. This probably isn't recommended, but they needed it - a summer of sweaty feet made it necessary. They washed just fine. I was very happy with the result. (Posted on 3/16/15)
- perfect sandal Review by pat
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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:
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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 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.
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.