Child Phoenix Boot - Red

Go barefoot all year long! Fully-lined with lush sheepskin, this child version of our mythically cozy leather and shearling boot is guaranteed to raise your kids from their winter hibernation.

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Price $135.00

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When the weather outside turns frightful, these boots are SO delightful! Phoenix uppers are made of nothing but the softest leather and are fully-lined with sheepskin to naturally wick away moisture for warm, dry feet.

A zipper on the outside makes this boot easy to put on and take off, and our zero-drop Geo Vibram sole provides excellent traction in mild to moderate winter conditions. Go ahead, don’t let cold weather stop your kids from “blazing” a trail!

(Please see care and sizing tips below to ensure proper sheepskin maintenance and a great fit!)

  • Premium red leather uppers with stonytip sheepskin
  • Durable, flexible and lightweight soles
  • Durable Vibram™ 6mm Geo sole with improved traction on snow and ice
  • Fully lined with genuine sheepskin
  • Roomy toebox
  • Can be worn with or without socks
  • Designed and handcrafted in Oregon, USA

Phoenix boots are only made in one width. New boots should fit snugly, as the natural sheepskin will stretch, but the length of the boot should not cause your child's toes to curl against the front seam—a sign that the size is too small. Please allow 1–2 weeks lead time for this product.

(Need this boot in a larger size? Outfit the whole family with Youth and Adult sizes!)

Customer Reviews

Loved this boot Review by Mama O
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I had this boot for my daughter last fall/winter. She was about 1.5 when we got it. They were so easy to put on her and I never worried about her feet getting wet. I also felt like she could walk well and they weren't clunky like other toddler winter boots. She wore them in the snow and rain. I have rain pants and snow pants that have stirrups to hold the pants down over the boot so I didn't worry about there suede getting wet. Loved this boot so much. Planning to buy another pair for her in the next size up. (Posted on 9/25/17)
Warm - barefoot and beatiful Review by Tini
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For my daughter (3,5y) are de boots to wide. She has very narrow feet. So they are falling out.
But they are really warm, flexible and beautiful. (Posted on 12/25/16)
Perfect boots! Review by Taylor
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5 year old is very sensitive to wearing shoes. We've tried other barefoot brands that still bothered him. I decided to give soft Softstar a try and am happy to report that he loves them! These boots are cute! And so far have kept him warm and dry! (Posted on 12/21/16)
2yr old loves these boots Review by Maria
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My 2 year old loves that she can put these boots on herself and take them off herself. The zipper is easy enough so she can do it all.

I water-proofed them with the Bee Natural Leathercare (Rain & Snow). So far, so good.

Just ordered another pair for our 6 year old. (Posted on 11/30/16)
Best kid boot on the market Review by Everic
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This is our second purchase of the exact same model. Our son lives by it in winter time! First pair served 2 full winters. This new pair has overall thicker outsole (due to age/sizing) Sole appears to be slightly softer, providing even greater mobility.

Note, we live in Canada and winter is a serious thing over here! Boot are always warm enough (combined with proper socks) -- Beware however, those are definitely not waterproof : he shoot with leather protector every 2 weeks, which provide hydrophobic protection (to an extent) don't expect to jump on the water and not get wet. (Posted on 11/30/16)
Great Review by Amanda
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They really are a good quality boot. I was hesitant to spend so much on a child's shoes. However, my son's boots from 2 years ago are now my daughters boots...you get your money's worth. (Posted on 11/19/16)
Sizing guide was spot on! Review by David
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Sizing guide was spot on! I can't vouch for the comfort of the boots.. but they look so soft and cozy my wife wants a pair and I'm thinking about Softstar slippers. They are my child's go to now even on days that aren't cold enough to warrant such warm footwear. (Posted on 11/17/16)
Fantastic cozy boots for kids Review by Suzi
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I agree with the previous review that these are nice lightweight flexible boots that our 1.5 year old lived in last winter, and will again this winter. Stay amazingly warm and dry for being so light. Real sheepskin makes the difference. That said, the suede panels are the one weak link that keep this boot from being perfect. Without them you could weatherproof these boots, but as is the suede will be the part that eventually soaks through. Minor complaint, I still prefer these to anything else! (Posted on 9/11/16)
Lightweight flexible boot Review by Marmot
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This is a fantastic boot particularly for small children who are not heavy or strong enough to flex most children's boots effectively. We had a pair last winter for both a one year old and a three year old and are planning to buy another set this year for both children. The one year old was just learning to walk at the time and it was the only boot we found that was flexible enough for her to walk in. Our three year old also loved the boot and walked/ran notably better in this boot than in more typical stiff soled children's boots. He also loved the zipper that allowed him to easily put on the boot by himself. We found the boots plenty warm and water resistant enough for an hour or two of playing in the snow (we used the boots regularly in temperatures down to about 10-15 degrees). For extended play in really wet and sloppy conditions a more waterproof boot is probably a better choice. (Posted on 10/7/15)

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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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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.
    • Wiggle/growing room is already taken into account.
    • If your child is on the border between two sizes then we recommend the larger size.
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    Once you find the length measurement, you can use table below to best find the corresponding size. Keep the following points in mind:

     

    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 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

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.

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