Child Classic with Velcro - Nutmeg

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 $48.00

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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, nutmeg brown 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 can be added for warmth, comfort, and natural moisture-wicking. From 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

The Only Solution! Review by Schurthing
My (now 2.5 year old) son never fit into conventional shoes. Even the widest stride rite styles were too narrow! When he began walking, I embarked on an exhaustive search for shoes that would fit and came up empty handed. After a halfway decent attempt at making a pair at home and many barefoot escapades, I found Soft Star. This was the answer! My husband had grown up hating to wear shoes, and never knew that he simply needed double wide shoes until he became an adult. Thanks to these versatile and durable shoes (we are on our third pair now) my son won't have to go through that pain. We recently had another boy, and one of the first comments our midwife made was "Wow, he has short, wide feet!" We are well prepared, as as the shoes are definitely in a good condition to be able to be passed down. (Posted on 3/5/17)
Beautiful & Classic! Review by Erin
Perfect for play and preschool! Worth every penny! (Posted on 11/5/16)
Favorite shoes Review by Tanya
We have now purchased three pairs for our growing son. He loves these shoes! We got his first pair around 13 months and keep coming back to buy more as he grows out. Great quality! We will continue to buy more! (Posted on 10/8/16)
Great shoes! Review by Kate
My 18 month son loves to be barefoot and play outside, as fall approached I started to worry that we would have a hard time finding shoes comfortable enough for him that would protect his feet but he loves these shoes!
He wears them most of the day and doesn't have any problems walking in them (no tripping or balance issues).
Also, sometimes at daycare he comes home without socks on but the shoes have never rubbed his skin raw or given him blisters like some other shoes we've tried. Very well designed shoe, highly recommended! (Posted on 9/24/16)
The only shoes for my son Review by Jessamyn
My son has wide feet and we couldn't find a suitable pair of shoes for him to learn to walk in that are nontoxic. These were the answer! They are very flexible and well-constructed. We are now on our second pair and also own the Ramblers. Thank you, Soft Star! (Posted on 9/5/16)
Great flexible sturdy shoe! Review by Meri
I spent a long time looking for (and sending back) shoes for our one-and-a-half that had really flexible soles so that his gait didn't become stompy and moon-walky. I am so excited about these shoes! They're so flexible and sturdy, and easy to put on and take off of a squirmy and/or sleepy wee one. He's worn them every day for two months of hard playing and they've shown just the tiniest scuffing on one of the toes. I had thought when we first put them on that they might be too wide but he had no problem running around in them right away and now his feet have made perfect homes out of them. I'll keep ordering bigger ones until he won't have it any more. Thank you so much for such a high quality product. (Posted on 8/26/16)
Durable and natural Review by AJ
This was our son's first pair of shoes which we got for him when he first started walking around 13mo.

Not only did they allow him to learn to stand, walk, and function as intended, he absolutely loves them. The sizing chart on the website was helpful, too. He's now 18mo and we are buying him another pair as the toe box is cramped when he wears socks.

Can't recommend these enough. Great quality. (Posted on 11/30/14)
Our favorites! Review by Wendy
My son refused to wear shoes until he was nearly two. I searched everywhere for something flexible and easy to get on and I'm so glad I found these shoes. We both love them so much that we've bough new pairs every time he grows out of the old ones. We've gone through four pairs so far and each time they've been in good enough condition to pass on to a friend when we're done. They're so sturdy that single pairs are passed on multiple times without any holes or issues. (Posted on 8/2/14)
Wonderful shoes Review by GardenMonkey
My 2 year old son has had these shoes for three months. He absolutely loves them. He loves running in them. He is hard on shoes and these have held up well. Next time we will probably get the thicker soles because it is wearing a bit already and the star is falling out of one of the shoes. Overall we are extremely happy with them and will buy another pair when he needs them. (Posted on 6/12/14)
Wonderful shoes Review by GardenMonkey
My 2 year old son has had these shoes for three months. He absolutely loves them. He loves running in them. He is hard on shoes and these have held up well. Next time we will probably get the thicker soles because it is wearing a bit already and the star is falling out of one of the shoes. Overall we are extremely happy with them and will buy another pair when he needs them. (Posted on 6/12/14)
Fantastic! Review by Melissa
My shoe-hating, 22-month-old boy finally has a pair of shoes he doesn't rip off the second they are put on his feet. I have to admit that I had my doubts that these would be sturdy enough for outdoor play. Being such soft leather I thought my son would tear them up right away. I am happy to report that he has worn them for a week straight to daycare and they have survived the entire week on the playground with absolutely no damage! Not a scratch on them! He drags them through wood chips and trips and falls on cement. He skins his knees but the shoes are unscathed! I am impressed. This is our first pair and we will be back for more. The best part is, he can put them on by himself! This is the first pair he has ever been able to put on without my help, which is a HUGE accomplishment for him as he likes to do everything himself. Thanks, Soft Star! (Posted on 5/10/14)

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Unsure about your child's 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 your child's feet using the method below (also shown in our sizing videos). You can then scroll down and see where the measurements fall on our sizing chart to find the recommended shoe size. All you need is a book, a tape measure and a wall.

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 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 the length measurement, you can use table below to best find the corresponding size. Keep the following points in mind:

    • 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.

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 simulate barefoot conditions.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact our super friendly customer service elves: or 866-763-2525.


Child Shoe Comparison Chart


[SOLING PAGE: Click here for more information on the materials we use for our soles]

Care Tips for Full Grain Leather Shoes


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.

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