Child Rambler - Yellow / Turquoise

Need moccasin-like comfort that stands up to the elements of Earth, Wind, Fire, Water... and Childhood? Step into the Rambler and step out into the world, without fear of muddy mires or rocky roads!

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Price $55.00

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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.

We know that nothing beats a moccasin for barefoot comfort…after all, who doesn’t want to be constantly enveloped in buttery leather and fluffy sheepskin? Unfortunately, the gentle, peaceful moccasin has some natural enemies: wet weather, jagged terrain…rough-asphalted skate parks. So which do you choose: comfort, or resilience?

Trick question—no choice necessary! We’ve designed the Rambler to provide both durable soling AND the cozy fit of your child’s favorite moccasins. This shoe features a flexible, stitched-on Vibram sole that resists water, debris, and other unpredictable obstacles of growing up. Elastic concealed in the ankle seam secures the shoe to the foot while enabling the wearer to slip it on and off with ease. The yellow and turquoise leather Rambler comes equipped with our suede innersole, and genuine sheepskin innersole inserts can be added for moisture-wicking temperature regulation from summer to winter. Ramble on, comfort-lovers, ramble on!

  • Flexible Vibram rubber sole for durable outdoor use
  • Suede innersoles (sheepskin innersole inserts can be added separately)
  • Indoor/outdoor shoe
  • Elastic ankle closure - Easy on, secure it, easy 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

Beautiful, healthy, happy feet! Review by Pamela
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My son adores these shoes! They are sturdy, flexible, and clearly extremely comfy for him. Perfect for indoor and outdoor play! (Posted on 1/10/18)
Amazing Shoes! Review by Megan
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These have been awesome for my 4 year old son. He loves them and are his favorite shoes. I love that he can put them on himself and they are such good quality. I also love that they are flexible and good for his growing feet. These shoes are the best! (Posted on 11/24/17)
Doesn't get any better Review by PATRICIA
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I get both of my boys a custom pair of ramblers every season. It is the only shoe they wear and it holds up wonderfully. My boys love them and can put them on easily. They are so good for their whole body! Everywhere we go I get compliments and I'm quick to sing softstar's praises. They are not cheap but they are worth every penny!! (Posted on 11/14/17)
Easy to buy from Canada Review by Benny
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I bought these shoes and had them shipped to Ontario, and not only was the shipping free, but Softstar included a NAFTA certification so there wasn't any duty charged when I received them. Great to be able to buy something from the US and know that there aren't any hidden costs, just what you pay at checkout. (Posted on 11/10/17)
Worth the $ Review by Jen V
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These shoes are great - high quality materials and well crafted. My kid is totally comfortable running around in them. I followed the sizing chart and ended up with the right size (and a tiny bit of room to grow). Will be getting these again in the next size! (Posted on 11/10/17)
Best shoes for active kids Review by Kyra
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We love our ramblers. This is the second pair we have purchased for our son. He is super active and these shoes hold up so well against all his wear and tear. These shoes are so well made and are worth every penny! (Posted on 10/31/17)
Quality Shoes Review by Katheryn
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These are beautiful, well-made, and support healthy feet! If I had my way, we'd only wear Softstar Shoes. My 2 ½ year old son puts them through the ringer. We've gotten them dirty, wet, muddy, etc, and they clean up well and don't dry crispy. I do try to avoid fields of mud with these on, but they've survived those too. These gently stretch and soften, molding to your feet over time. Our last pair continued to "fit" about two sizes longer than they technically should have, which makes them a good investment in my book. (Posted on 10/20/17)
Works well for a preschooler Review by Sarah
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We have had these shoes for about 6 weeks (our first pair of Soft Star shoes). I was worried about how my 3 year old would adjust from traditional shoes but it was no problem. He loves that he can get them on by himself (was always a problem in regular shoes due to his wide feet). They are holding up well so far and he wears them for everything - muddy walks, hiking, even riding his balance bike. As a nice bonus, when we visit a socks-only play area, I can just stick his shoes in my pocket! (Posted on 10/18/17)
Amazing shoes! Review by James
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Flexible, great thin sole, wide, fits my baby's fat lovely feet! They are durable and soft too. (Posted on 7/3/17)
Enjoyable Toddler Shoes Review by Mary
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Our 21 month old loves wearing his 'star shoes' just as much as we like putting them on him, knowing that they allow his feet as much freedom as possible while still wearing shoes. We live in Chicago, so we are still testing the durability of these shoes in fair weather, but they are perfect for indoor wear (at child care) and outside on non-wintery dry days. We chose these over other moccasin-like shoes because they have a more durable sole and they are handmade in the USA. They will last for more than one child, which is also great. (Posted on 4/2/17)
Very high quality, but trips up my baby! Review by Beth
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These are great shoes other than the sole sticking out so much -- my one and a half year old trips so much in these shoes! (Posted on 2/2/17)
Great shoes! Review by Kathryn
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Our two year old started wearing this style a few months ago and only wears these for everything (except puddle jumping)! They are very flexible and give traction. Good for parks and hikes and everything! (Posted on 1/19/17)
perfect for busy toddler with chunky feet! Review by Lisa
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Love that these are so flexible yet sturdy for our busy toddler. He walks so naturally in them which is so important to me. The wide is perfect for him too. Also, they are truly adorable! (Posted on 1/15/17)
Finally! Shoes he likes! Review by Kristian
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This was the third pair of shoes we bought for a 4-year-old with a somewhat wide foot. He liked them from the beginning. He runs, kicks, jumps, tumbles, climbs in them, and they take it just fine. We then ordered a smaller pair for our 2-year-old, and they are just as much of a hit with him. Both sets of shoes arrived promptly. Certainly not our last order. (Posted on 12/24/16)
Such great shoes for little growing feet!! Review by chloe
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I have been searching up and down looking for comfortable shoes for my two year old that are more sturdy than just moccasins. All he would wear for the past year were moccasins and he wore holes into both of the soles. So happy to find a more sturdy bottom that is also great for rainy days! He LOVES his new shoes and is able to run, jump, skip, hike, climb and all the above in them. The shoes truly allow little feet to be used the way they were meant to be used and not all wrapped up in big tennis shoes restricting healthy strength and growth. They are exactly what we were looking for! Great customer service too! This is where I will order all my kids shoes. (Posted on 11/24/16)
cute Review by Barbara
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I think they are cute. But my kids who are 5 years old wore them a few times and don't want to wear them anymore. They prefer sneakers. (Posted on 11/23/16)
Great shoes Review by Mira
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Great when he put it on
Nice looking
Really charming
Very flexible
I loved it and so does he
He's not two yet,
He always point he wants to put it on even if we're not going down,
He didn't do this with any new pair we've got before
Soft on skin even without socks
Easy putting on and off..
Thanks Softstar (Posted on 11/8/16)
Great shoes Review by Mira
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Very nice look
Charming in his foot when he put it on!
Easy wearing on and off
Nice on skin even without socks
Very felxible
I really loved it❤
He's not two yet,
He also loved so much
All the time giving it to me pointing to wear even if it's not time to go down
He didn't do this with any of his old shoes
I'm looking forward to getting the next size from now❤
Thanks Softstar (Posted on 11/8/16)
Perfect pair of shoes for little walkers. Review by Great shoes
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The only shoes we have bought for our son have been Softstar. We love them, and he seems to be happy with them too. They are great quality, last the entire season, and look cute too! We get so many comments on our son's shoes. We will certainly be return customers for a long time to come! (Posted on 10/17/16)
Wonderful experience Review by Romanasus
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Wonderful shoes; high quality leather, soft, comfortable, flexible. My son wears ramblers since he started walking, and he is five now. Love this shoes! (Posted on 10/14/16)
Love them! Review by Kim
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I have tried to keep my kids in minimalist shoes since they started walking. I've even made them a few pairs of moccasins, but when my son started preschool, they required something with rubber soles. I'd read about Softstar, but was pleased to see that they sold shoes with the rubber sole, while keeping things soft, flexible, and simple. These shoes are very well constructed. Better than other brands that I've seen and my handmade ones. My son (3) loves them and they are so cute and easy for him to put on by himself. We will definitely be return customers! (Posted on 10/7/16)
Only shoes my son will tolerate Review by CelesteWNC
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My son was an early walker, with big, fat feet. He outgrew crib shoes before he could walk, and thicker shoes he acted like there were concrete blocks on his feet, or pulled them off immediately.

These shoes he will actually bring to me to put on. He still runs around barefoot quite a lot, but I'm so glad to have a cute shoe that he likes for going out in public.

I also love that they are made in the USA. (Posted on 7/6/16)
A Winner! Review by Rebecca
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With the exception of snow boots, my sons (5.5 and 2.5) have exclusively worn Soft Stars since they started walking. The Rambler is a solid, all-around good choice -- you couldn't ask for better. Simple, very well-made, wide toe box, very flexible, looks great, gets lots of compliments. It really is a fantastic shoe for kids. We have had several different color combinations over the years, and wasn't sure about this blue on blue one in particular, but they are actually pretty sweet in person. My kids love them, I love them, and Soft Star is unmatched in customer service -- just a great company that I truly enjoy supporting. (Posted on 6/28/16)
Best shoes! Review by RJT
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We got these for our young toddler-early walker who has wide, chubby feet. After some measurements and a quick email to customer service to make sure we were ordering the correct size, we received them in just a few days. They're easy to put on, stay on fairly well, and he took to walking in them instantly. We love the great quality, they're so soft and flexible, and everything we wanted for his little feet. We'll definitely order again! (Posted on 6/14/16)
Awesome Shoes for the Beginning Walker Review by Emily
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These are incredible, everything I have been looking for to support the development of my son's little feet. I returned several other brands of shoes before trying these. They are so flexible and are of amazing quality, I was doubtful that they were of higher quality than his bobux soft soles but they are! (Posted on 4/17/16)

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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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