Warm feet are happy feet! The North Star is an ideal cold-weather minimal shoe, easily transitioning from fall, to winter, to those early spring days when there’s sun one moment, and freezing drizzle the next...you know the ones. The luxuriously soft suede-and-sheep cuffs can be laced down for a cozy winter shoe, or laced up for a taller, more boot-like shape. Best of all, these winter shoes slip on and off with ease, making indoor/outdoor transitions quick, easy, and convenient! Soft soles, lightweight, adorable and warm—all in one package!
While you can easily just pull the cuff down as a warm ankle shoe, using an alternate lacing pattern with shorter laces will give a snugger fit. If you plan for your kids to wear very thick socks with these shoes then we recommend ordering one size larger in a wide width. We are happy to include the shorter laces for one dollar more, which you can select through the checkbox above. Instructions for the new lacing pattern will be included, but you can also download them here:
This boot has genuine sheep fleece on the cuff and foot bed, making it an excellent choice as a winter shoe. If you are looking for an even warmer boot then you may want to check out our fully-lined Kids Phoenix boots.
- Soft rubber Vibram Geo soles—durable and flexible
- Allows natural foot movement and development
- Genuine sheepskin innersole and cuff for added warmth
- Can be worn with or without socks
- Made from premium responsibly-sourced leather
- Handcrafted in USA
Please be warned that although our boots are naturally moisture-resistant, they are not waterproof and can become soaked through after extended hours in snowy/wet conditions. Although our boots make excellent play shoes, they are not extended adventures in severely cold or wet climates.
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Note from the Elves: The Northstar is a cozy winter shoe with sheepskin on the ankle cuff and innersole only - while the upper is a soft leather. The Northstar works great in the fall/winter in more moderate climates (like Oregon). The Phoenix boot is fully lined in sheepskin and is quite warm/hot. Both the Northstar and Phoenix are water resistant - thanks! (Posted on 11/29/16)
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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).
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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. 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 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: email@example.com or 866-763-2525.