Child Merry Jane - Shiny Platinum

Your little one will be stylish and comfortable in this classic Mary Jane design.

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Price $65.00

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Need a smaller size? Look for this style in our TODDLER category. For a larger size, check out our YOUTH category.

Yes, there are a lot of mary janes out there. And yes, most of them succeed in making your child look like a precious, vintage baby doll. Any of those shoes would be just fine...if your little one were a porcelain toy that sat quietly on a shelf! For the real, very active child that you actually have, however, you're going to want a shoe that is as comfortable as it is adorable. After all, what good is a cute shoe that your child can't stand?

Our Child Merry Jane is different. Softstar has taken this sweet, classic style and made it soft, flexible, and wearable -- no pinching toes, slippery soles, or unhealthy heels here! With a shiny plaitnum leather body and shiny pink scallop trim, this lovely style transitions seamlessly from formal events to playground games. Comfy, cute, and versatile, this shoe is such a crowd-pleaser, we had to call it "Merry" :)

  • Flexible Vibram rubber sole for durable outdoor use
  • Elastic band connects buckle to shoe for flexible comfort and easy on/off
  • 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

Perfect!! Review by Monica
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Love the style, fit and quality! So happy we found a shoes that has flexible sole! Love the leather! My daughter has narrow feet (not the typical chunky baby toddler feet) and it is very difficult to find shoes that fit. She LOVES these. We will buy these again and again! (Posted on 1/16/18)
It took a few times for her to get used to them but they are just perfect now. Review by Julie
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I bought these for my 1 1/2 year old granddaughter so that she would have comfortable protection on her feet when she is hard at play at the park, on hot sidewalks, and my little farm. Not only do they look adorable, they protect her little feet while keeping them comfortable and free. She loves their bright yellow color. Now that she has gotten used to having the shoes on her feet she never wants to take them off. Thank you for making these beautiful, comfortable soft shoes for our sweet babies of all ages. (Posted on 6/15/17)
Well-made but trippy "lip" Review by Joyce
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These shoes are beautiful, very cute, and easy to put on. As other reviewers have commented, the leather is soft and durable and the strap is particularly easy to fasten. Sizing was a bit tricky--we measured a size 4, but when the shoes arrived they just barely fit, so we had to order up. Customer service was great for the exchange, and the replacement shoes arrived very quickly. My one complaint is that the "lip" that runs around the edge of the shoe seems to catch on certain surfaces, making my daughter trip. If there were any way to reduce or eliminate this lip, I'd give the shoe 5 stars. (Posted on 3/24/17)
great shoe Review by Jill
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Love the shoe (Posted on 1/16/17)
Love Them Review by Rebecca
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Love these shoes! I wonder if a velcro strap might be workable in the future to make it easier to get them on/off and avoid the holes being off for the desired tightness etc? My daughter really loves these shoes too. They are super flexible and just wide enough for her feet. I think they run a tiny bit small for her it seems her foot slides forward a bit when she wears them but there's room when she is sitting and I push her heel to the back of the shoe. Either way, she likes they and we are super happy with the shoe overall. Very high quality materials and craftsmamship! (Posted on 1/13/17)
she loves them!! Review by chanita
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my daughter is seven and has petite feet. she is still wearing the child size shoes, but she wanted the youth size mary janes. she is very picky, she said, the child size looks like a baby shoe in the picture. it was a shot in the dark but i got them for her anyways!! she loves them! perfect fit and looks great with everything. thank you elves ! (Posted on 1/7/17)
Soft stars are always a win!! Review by Cher
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These were a gift for my one year old niece. Followed sizing chart and they're perfect. She loves them and they don't hinder her at all and are very flexible. Added bonus: they're the cutest shoes ever!!! We've handed down my kids soft stars but these were her very own and I was just a tad jealous these weren't around when my girls were small. Also yeah for buckles!!!!! Bc they can't take them off then ;) (Posted on 1/5/17)
Our favorites! Review by Rebecca
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These shoes are the best. My 4 year old daughter wears about a size 10.5 and we bought these in a size 11 with some room to grow but work perfectly right now with socks in colder weather. Soft stars are the only shoes I allow my daughter to spend any amount of time in! (Posted on 12/21/16)
my son wants them Review by Shay
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The boy loves shiny, and Our choice is to pay 30 % more for a custom order, or let him have them. He's been wearing girls shoes for a few months now--cute ones that look like a cat. Just wish there were more shiny cute choices that were a little more androgynous.

Note from the Elves: Thanks for the feedback Shay- we love shiny too and will consider adding it to our Rambler collection next season. (Posted on 11/25/16)
Adorable Review by Amanda
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I love these shoes. Normally we hand our sons shoes down to our daughter. Our kids have only worn soft star shoes, so I like to get as much use out of them as I can. But these were just for my daughter since my son need new regular shoes and snow boots. She loved having her very own pair and they will go great with her Christmas dress. The strap is very easy to buckle and they stay on great. (Posted on 11/19/16)
Super cute but SMALL Review by Amity
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My daughter wore a pair of Ramblers until she lost them (!!!) a couple of weeks ago. When we finally gave up on finding them, we bought these to replace them. The Ramblers had lots of space at the back, so she had room to grow, and we were expecting to get lots more wear out of them. We ordered the same size Merry Janes, and they have no space at the back at all. The leather will stretch and relax up to a point, but she has almost no room for growth. That said, she loves the shoes. They fit perfectly at the moment, and they are very cute. (We had the same size issue with her little sister's Roos and Merry Janes.) (Posted on 11/13/16)
Love Review by ASI
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These shoes are my absolute favorite! The great thing is I was able to get them a little big (and they still stay on) for my daughter to wear now with socks, and they will still fit when the weather gets warmer as her feet grow and she can wear them barefoot. (Posted on 10/20/16)
Precious and Cozy Review by Toni
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Just bought these for fall/winter church (and play) shoes for my 16 month old. They are even cuter in real life! She currently wears sz4 Sandal with Lace and I bought sz6 Merry Janes. They do not appear overly large on her foot, but there is still room to grow as the leather expands. She has danced around in them and seems very comfortable. Furthermore, the turnaround time was exceptional, and the Elves have very nice, prompt customer service. Thank you again for a job well done! (Posted on 8/31/16)

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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:

   Download / Print Comparison Chart

 

Roo Moccasin

Rambler

Classic

Merry Jane

Sandal

North Star

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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.

Closure

Elastic (slip-on).

Elastic (slip-on).

Velcro.

Strap with buckle.

Velcro.

Laces.

Innersole

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.

Suede.

Suede.

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

Outersole

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

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.

 

MAINTENANCE:

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).

 

WASHING:

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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