Child Classic - Red

Time-tested performance meets timeless style! Beautiful, practical, and oh-so-comfortable, the Classic has been an all-season favorite of Softstar customers since we first opened for business.

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Price $55.00

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What makes a Classic…classic? Is it the quality? The clean, versatile design? The sense of history? Sure, and this shoe certainly has it all. However, we know the real reason families have turned to the Classic for three decades is simple: it works! Perfect for year-round wear, this closed-toe, red leather shoe keeps out sand, dirt, water, and anything else the playground can dish out. An easy adjustable Velcro strap at the ankle allows kids to pull these shoes on and off themselves for uninterrupted, independent adventures. Thin and flexible rubber soles promote natural foot movement and development, and genuine sheepskin innersoles (sold separately) can be added for warmth, comfort, and natural moisture-wickingFrom first steps to first hikes, nothing beats a Classic!

  • Convenient Velcro strap
  • Indoor/outdoor shoe
  • Can be worn with or without socks
  • Rubber sole is thin, flexible, and durable
  • Naturally water-resistant
  • Designed and handcrafted in Oregon, USA

The sole for this shoe will vary depending on the size you order:

Softstar Kids Shoe Soles

Customer Reviews

great shoe Review by babymomm
pretty shoe, well made. (Posted on 10/25/17)
great shoe Review by Katherine
my almost 3 year old loves these shoes, they are adorable and seem really comfortable, i love how she can feel the ground (Posted on 10/11/17)
Mila's kicks! Review by Justin
Our daughter is 2 and these are her kicks. She is actually able to put them off and take them on independently (early self-dressing skills strangely). We've been SoftStar fans for a while as they're great in promoting natural foot motion and strong foot architecture. They are a bit expensive but we've decided that the company is socially and environmentally responsible and since these values are important to us, we'll continue to do our shoe-shopping at SoftStar. (Posted on 9/19/17)
Gorgeous and well made Review by Jessica
My son LOVVVVES these shoes and is able to put them on himself. He loves the bright color and gets lots of compliments. They are great for everyday and have even gone on a few desert hikes and not one hole or tear. We will be returning customers for sure! (Posted on 1/4/17)
Must have! Review by Erin
Worth every penny. We only have two pairs of shoes for my 3 year old and this is one of them. Will buy every year! (Posted on 6/5/16)
Great flexible shoes Review by Mel
I love these flexible shoes. I ordered a pair in her current size and they were too small and I had to exchange for a size up. With the tricky sizing it'd be great to have free returns. Also, they are pricey for growing feet and they lasted 3 months before outgrowing. For that reason I'd hesitate to get them again. (Posted on 8/12/15)
Soft Star is always 5 Star Review by K.
I love Soft Star shoes. Both my kids have worn them forever. These are typical of Soft Star's excellent product: beautifully made, fun colors, wonderful fit, quality materials. My daughter loves them and has worn them nonstop since the moment they arrived. No break in time required. Thank you, elves! You are the best! (Posted on 6/1/15)
Best shoes ever! Hooked! Review by Picky Mom of Two
Bought these for my 13 month old and we LOVE them! SO comfortable for a baby that is a "late" crawler/walker. I will not buy any other shoes for her from now on. Oh, I and I found the first (and probably only) reason I'm a little sad to be moving to the Caribbean, my baby will not be able to wear these adorable, warm and cozy shoes! Good thing for your line of sandals! My 5 year old is next! (Posted on 11/10/14)
Great quality Review by Elenor
The (classic) shoes are really beautiful, soft leather and very flexible. My 2-year old walks easier on them than on 'standard shoes' and loves jumping outside now :)
However, the shoes do not really close because of the wide spot below the ankle. Sand comes in the shoe and that's a pity. (Posted on 9/30/14)
Way too big Review by Amber
I was nervous about ordering the right size, so I consulted soft star shoes with my daughter's measurements just to be sure. Well, they've arrived, and they are huge. Maybe she could wear them in a year. I also didn't think I'd mind the seam attaching the sole to the top, but now that I see them in person, I really don't care for it. So I'll return the shoes and be out all of the shipping cost. Bummer. (Posted on 2/24/14)
i thank god for the Review by Ivan
i thank god for the velcro shoes. it at least gives them a sense of innepeddence, and when you are taking care of special needs kids, whatever they can do for themselves the better, for daughter is almost 9 and doesnt know how to tie yet. it's just not high on the priority list right now. eventually it'll have to happen tho! loli love the quote! too funny!! kids say the funniest things! (Posted on 9/29/13)
Our favorite shoes by far! Review by Mylo
We recently invested in our first pair of Soft Star shoes for our little one and could not be more pleased with the fit, quality, and over all design of the shoe. My little one loves these, doesn't complain about them being uncomfortable or request to take them off - a first! We will definitely be purchasing more as the need arises! I highly recommend them. (Posted on 5/20/13)
Best Shoe for kids that don't like shoes! Review by Mom of the pickiest shoe kids ever!
I purchased these for my 4 year old son and let me tell you, he actually leaves these shoes on all day, even in the house. I say this as a big deal as my son refuses to wear shoes no matter if it's winter out. I then had to buy my 8 year old daughter a pair of ramblers as she is a barefoot lover too. These shoes are the best ever! I need a Run Amoc for the kids as my 4 year old runs track and I know he would LOVE the Run Amocs! So there is an idea to start making them in kids, not just youth. I have had numerous compliments on these shoes as they are really cute on and apparently super comfortable! (Posted on 12/12/12)
Love them. Review by Mom of Four
My two year old just got a new pair of these. Before, we had the classic shoes for her, so we had to tie the laces. With the velcro strap, she can do them "all by myself".
And she calls them her "wiggly toes shoes".

We get compliments and "where did you get those" every time we go out. (Posted on 4/13/12)

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Find Your Child's Size!

You can measure your children'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. 1. Remove shoes and socks and place your child's bare foot so that the heel is barely touching a wall.
  2. 2. Place a book on the floor, parallel to the wall, so that it is barely touching the front of the longest toe.
  3. 3. Move your child's foot away carefully and measure the distance from the book to the wall.
  4. 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 your child?

Use our handy chart below to compare our child shoe styles and find the best fit for your needs. Remember that all Softstar shoes are made from soft, eco-friendly leather and lightweight, flexible soles for healthy foot development. For children in particular, this is important as the bones in their feet are still forming and not fully ossified until ages 9-11.  We believe shoes should provide protection from the elements while doing their best to mimic barefoot conditions.

If you cannot see the entire table, swipe left/right or use scrollbar at bottom. You can also download or print this chart for easier viewing:

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Roo Moccasin



Merry Jane


North Star








Description Soft and flexible all around. A cozy slip-on moccasin that allows feet to move and spread naturally. Similar to our Roo moccasin, but with a rubber sole for better durability on the playground. The first shoe made by Softstar in 1985, and still a family favorite! Upper is made from a single piece of leather stretched around the shoe for a classy fitted design. A traditional mary jane style shoe with adjustable buckle strap and stylish scallop trim. Based on our Classic design, but with an open toe and heel to keep feet cool on hot days.. Based on our Classic design, but with laces along the side and a genuine sheepskin cuff.
Best Use


Perfect for first walkers with flexibility for early foot development. Cozy to wear around the house and preferred by schools that require soft-soled classroom shoes. Also good for light outdoor play.

A more durable version of our Roo moccasin. Still a good first walker shoe and great for rough outdoor play. Also acceptable for schools that require soft classroom shoes. 

Great for outdoor play, but can also work for formal occasions with the right colors. A popular winter shoe, as the “closed” design helps keep out water, snow and debris. Adding sheepskin innersoles provides extra warmth on cold days.

Great for outdoor play or for dressier formal occasions.

Keeps kids cool on hot days! Open toe and heel not only provide ventilation, but also give a little more growing room before you need to size up.

Great for keeping feet warm on chilly days! Cuff can be worn down as a winter shoe, or pulled up around the lower calves like a boot.

Leather Uppers

Choose from Suede leather or Smooth Sublime* leather (a slightly softer, more flexible version of our Nova leather). Suede feels cozier, Sublime is easier to clean.

Smooth Nova leather.

Smooth Nova leather.

Smooth Nova leather.

Smooth Nova leather.

Smooth Nova leather.


Elastic (slip-on).

Elastic (slip-on).


Strap with buckle.




Sheepskin only. Our genuine sheepskin fleece naturally wicks moisture and helps keep feet dry.

Suede, with option to have sheepskin stitched-in if you customize your shoe.

You can also purchase separate sheepskin innersoles with instructions to glue onto footbed yourself.

Suede, with option to have sheepskin stitched-in if you customize your shoe.

You can also purchase separate sheepskin innersoles with instructions to glue onto footbed yourself.



Sheepskin only. Our genuine sheepskin fleece naturally wicks moisture and helps keep feet dry.


See our soling page for more details on different sole types (link below).
Suede leather sole; will become smooth and shiny with wear.

Up to child size 7: 4mm rubber Sof-Touch soles.

Child sizes 8+: 6mm rubber Pyramid soles.

Extra durable 9mm Rugged Trail soles* also available for sizes 8+ (recommended for toddlers who wear through shoes quickly).

Up to child size 7: 4mm rubber Sof-Touch soles.

Child sizes 8+: 6mm rubber Pyramid soles.

Up to child size 7: 4mm rubber Sof-Touch soles.

Child sizes 8+: 6mm rubber Pyramid soles.


Up to child size 7: 4mm rubber Sof-Touch soles.

Child sizes 8+: 6mm rubber Pyramid soles.


6mm rubber Geo soles.

"My child has thick and/or wide feet. Will these work?" YES! Wide width options are available, and this flexible shoe stretches well to adapt to big feet. Elastic can also be adjusted after shoe is made if more ankle room is needed.
YES! Wide width options are available, and this shoe will stretch a little to adapt to big feet. Elastic can also be adjusted after shoe is made if more ankle room is needed.

Fitted design is not as accommodating to extra wide feet as our other styles, but wide width options are available.

YES! Wide width options are available. This shoe's open front and adjustable strap allow this shoe to easily accommodate large or tall insteps.

Works well for most wide feet... better than the Classic, but not as roomy as a wide Roo or Rambler.

Fitted design is not as accommodating to extra wide feet as our other styles. Wide widths are available, but not with the fully lined* option (it is already made wide to account for the extra layer of sheepskin).

* This feature is only available on select collection colors, or when you design your own.

Softstar Soles Explained

Care Tips for Full Grain (smooth) Leather Shoes


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.

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