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Softstar is a sustainable company that strives to “walk lightly upon the Earth,” and we know our customers do too! However, low in impact is one thing… light of foot is another. Our First Steps Rambler is perfect for babies who are ready to start exploring the big bad world on their own two feet. Elastic concealed in the ankle seam secures the shoe to the foot while enabling the wearer to slip it on and off with ease. The chocolate and red baby Rambler comes equipped with our suede innersole, and genuine sheepskin innersole inserts can be added for moisture-wicking temperature regulation from summer to winter. Ramble on, comfort-lovers, ramble on!
- Flexible Vibram rubber sole for durable outdoor use
- Suede innersoles (sheepskin innersole inserts can be added separately)
- Indoor/outdoor shoe
- Elastic ankle closure - Easy on, secure it, easy off!
- Designed and handcrafted in Oregon, USA
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Baby's feet typically grow through 4 sizes in the first year. (Size 1 for the first month, size 2 for months 2-4, size 3 for months 4-9ish, size 4 for months 6 -12ish.) Of course this will vary by each baby, but foot growth usually slows down considerably after the first year. As babies are not mobile those first few months, we generally do not stock shoes in size 1 or 2, although we can certainly make them for you by special request if needed for a special occasion or for a baby with extremely small feet.
Find Your Baby's Size!
You can measure your child's 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 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 child's feet:
- 1. Remove shoes and socks and place your child's bare foot so that the heel is barely touching a wall.
- 2. Place a book on the floor, parallel to the wall, so that it is barely touching the front of the longest toe.
- 3. Move your child's foot away carefully and measure the distance from the book to the wall.
- 4. Look for your measurement on the sizing charts below to find the recommended shoe size.
- Wiggle/growing room is already taken into account.
- If your child is on the border between two sizes then we recommend the larger size.
SANDAL SIZING: Our child sandals tend to run big since they are open-toed and open-heeled.We recommend ordering one size smaller than the recommended size for sandals.
BOOT SIZING: Boots tend to run small due to sheepskin lining and (often) thicker socks. It is usually safe to go up at least one size when buying Soft Star boots for your child. The North Star is a more "fitted" style, so order a wide if you plan to wear with thick socks or if you want a roomy fit.
MOCCASIN NOTES: The good thing about soft, moccasin-style shoes (like the Roo or Viley) is that extra length is generally not a problem, so you can often buy with growing room. Your child's foot will slide right to the front of our moccasins and the excess length will be in the back behind their ankle—no worries about tripping over extra length at the toe. Think of it like a glove for their feet. The moc style shoe is very forgiving if too big, which is a good thing if you are on a budget.
If your child has thick or chubby feet, be sure to indicate you need a wide width. If your child has EXTRA wide feet, please read this.
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 (especially when measuring squirmy children) then you may want to try our printable size guides. Just print the guide below and follow the instructions on the page.
Note: before you print these guides, 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."
Which Style is Best for My Baby?
We believe that babies should be barefoot or with loose fitting socks as much as possible to promote healthy development of their feet. However, for those days you need warmth or protection - here are some notes on our styles you may find helpful:
Woolie booties fit the bill nicely for those first few months thru 1 year. The woolies will look ridculously enormous on a newborn - but can be snugged over their outfit and warm socks and will not fall off - providing a roomy, warm outerlayer. Woolies also work great to slip on little feet once asleep at night - you can open them wide to slip on, and then gently snug shut without waking baby.
Once your baby is old enough to pull off their socks and you need a way to keep their feet warm - we suggest the buttercup mocs. These are super soft , easy to pull on - and provide plenty of wiggle room for their toes. The gentle elastic around the ankle keeps socks and shoes on.
Crawling & Walking
And when your baby becomes mobile - either crawling great distances or walking - our favorites are the classic Roo moccasins. This style is a bit more durable than the Buttercup mocs and has more protective sole designed for walking in public spaces (good in most conditions except when wet). The Roo has been a customer favorite for 26 years. It's thicker leather makes it a little harder to slip on than a Buttercup moccasin, but will be very protective and durable. Many think you must have a rubber soled shoe once your child starts walking outside - but in fact, if you can keep your baby in protective "foot gloves" like the Roo - they will find it easier to walk as they can grip with their toes - and it is more optimal for their balance and bone development. Our Roo moccasins differ from most other crib shoes, like Robeez, in that they have a much thicker leather sole for outdoor wear and have a soft innersole of sheepskin to keep baby from feeling an "ouch" when they walk on gravel or a sharp toy.
Too hot outside for mocs? Try our beautiful sandals with soft boarskin soles for those summer days when your baby needs protection from the hot pavement. Boarskin soles are amazingly tough and actually more protective than a rubber sole - yet they flex and form to baby's foot to make an ideal sole for a little one. Plus, they are unique and absolutely adorable!
Cute, cute, cute!
Finally - our all time most beautiful and fun baby shoe is the lil' Doggie cowboy booties - as comfortable as a moc! Not only are they darn cute - they stay put and once you snug baby's pants underneath, they double function as leg-warmers to keep baby warm. These are certain to be Keepsakes to be handed down to the next generation.
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.