Child Roo Moccasin - Smooth Elk Leather


Go ahead, let your child take a walk on the wild side! This very special moccasin is made from wild-harvested North American elk leather, giving it durability, exceptional softness, and a rich, rustic texture. Plus, natural variations in each hide's color and markings ensure that each pair is a unique!

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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.

With all sincerity, these are probably the softest shoes ever made!  We’ve combined the amazingly comfortable design of our original Roo moccasin with the lush, buttery softness of wild-harvested elk leather, and you won't believe the results!

Stepping into these Elk mocs instantly transports you to places wooded, wild, and wonderful. Beautiful, naturally-occurring markings on the leather speak of brushes with tree branches, afternoons grazing in sunny clearings, and other mysterious antlered adventures, giving each shoe a character all its own. Beyond its look and feel, this leather is literally breathtaking, with a scent is so warm and earthy, you might just forget to exhale! So when your family can’t make it out to the woods, bring the forest to you!

The traditional suede soles are flexible and soft, well-suited to both indoor and dry outdoor use. Suede is naturally durable and initially non-skid, wearing into a smoother, moisture-resistant surface over time; don’t worry, you can always restore the soles’ non-skid properties by gently rubbing the sole with a wire brush!

Inside the shoe, luxurious sheepskin innersoles keep your child's foot protected, dry, and oh-so-comfortable. Genuine sheepskin is nature's heat regulator—it keeps feet dry in the summer and cozy in the winter! Inner elastic securely hugs the ankle for a secure fit that’s easy on, easy off…that is, if they ever decide to take them off!

  • Genuine sheepskin innersoles keep feet dry in summer & warm in winter while providing comfort and cushioning
  • Indoor / dry outdoor shoe
  • Elastic ankle closure—easy on and off
  • Can be worn with or without socks
  • Designed and handcrafted in Oregon, USA

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Customer Reviews

Great shoes Review by Catherine
I got these for my 2.5 yr old to keep his feet warm instead of having to buy a bunch of warm socks that would inevitably get lost. They are so cute and so comfy looking- I bought a pair for myself for Christmas! (Posted on 10/23/17)
supersoft and comfortable Review by Olga
Easy to put on for my 4 y.o., feel like slippers, spacious, nice leather and soft inside. Happy with everything so far. Enjoyed the way they were sent too, with a message from the elves. (Posted on 10/17/17)
This is a pair I would buy again Review by anon
We had issues with feet staining with the dyed moccasins, but not with the elk leather. So far they have held up very well to the abuse a young boy would give to shoes exposed to concrete, bicycle riding, and playgrounds (we've had these mocs for a month). He has enjoyed the shoes so much that he slept in them the first night. I'll see if they continue to stand the test of time and if so, this is the pair I would most likely buy for each of my children...and perhaps myself one day. (Posted on 7/20/17)
They make running/walking great for our son Review by Aaron
The quality and care put into making these shoes fit properly and still providing full range of foot movement for our son is amazing. He doesn't trip anymore, compared to when he would wear standard toddler shoes with the large clunky soles. We will be buying these for the foreseeable future. (Posted on 11/3/16)
We love them Review by Sarah
My daughter absolutely loves these shoes. After being barefoot the first 14 months of her life, we needed to get some shoes for the fall/winter. Well, we love these shoes. And most important of all, she loves them. Like other reviewers have said about their child, my daughter wants to wear them all the time--when she first gets up, when we're going outside, or when we're just hanging around the house. I ordered a size up and they're working out great. She walks very well in them.

The only thing I noticed is she doesn't like to wear them without socks. It may be something about the feeling of the sheepskin on her foot. But she likes to wear socks so it's not a big deal.

Overall, we are very pleased and will be ordering more, I'm sure. (Posted on 11/3/16)
Love! Review by Christen
I had the hardest time keeping shoes on my son. No matter where we went he would kick them off and run around barefoot. Usually I wouldn't mind but we live in a city with a lot of questionable items on the ground. I tried so many shoes and ended up wasting so much money because they would all of a sudden disappear while on walks, etc. I looked everywhere for moccasin style shoes but couldn't find anything simple enough without losing quality until I ran across these. I purchased them (worried that the price might be too much for a kid under 2) and I am so glad I did. He loved them! They would stay on his feet, even in the house he'd want to wear them. I could tell that to him it felt like he was walking barefoot but I had the comfort of knowing there was protection. He wore them every single day for so long and loved them, and they're still in good shape! Bought a size 5 and he wore them until I finally bought another pair of Soft Star shoes. (Size 7, guess he grew!) So glad we found this company and to know that my son's feet can develop appropriately and become strong.
Also a big shout out to the sizing guides! We live in Japan so having that and getting the right size the first time was great. Thank you! (Posted on 10/26/16)
Amazing shoes! Review by Andy
We got these for my son for his first pair of shoes after being barefoot for over a year. He loves them! Since we got them he has learned the word shoe (or ssh as he calls them). He asks for them when he wakes up, when we take them off of him he asks for them, I think if it were up to him he would never take them off! (Posted on 10/24/16)
Love these shoes. Review by DajM
It's so hard to find quality minimalist shoes for my 3 year old. These are perfect. (Posted on 10/13/16)
Love them! Review by Kaley
I bought these for my son who is just learning to walk. It was very important to me that he had a minimalist style shoe, and as soon as I saw the Roo I fell in love! Not only are they minimalist and super soft, they are non-toxic and the suede bottoms allow for grounding when he's outside. I bought them a size up and he has had zero issues with tripping, falling off, etc. He wears them everywhere (even sometimes outside in the dewy grass). I try to keep him off real wet ground and let them dry out if they do get wet. The bottoms have gotten rougher from the moisture, but they seem to be holding up really well so far. He adores them, and will find them and bring them to me to put on, even if we're just hanging out inside. Will be getting him a pair of more water resistant shoes for the wet months ahead, but overall, I could not be happier with these Moccasins! Soft Star is a great company with great customer service. (Posted on 10/7/16)
Awesome shoe leaves stains Review by Sunny
The shoe is absolutelly awesome! Its soft and comfortable and it stays on. The only problem with it is a very green reinforcement padding inside the back of the shoe that keeps leaving green stains on LOs socks. I tried washing the shoe to remove some of the color, but there was no end to it, the water kept running green, and i had to give up. (Posted on 7/3/16)
Like being barefoot on bed of clouds! Review by Kate
My little one year old adores these shoes! Usually he immediately takes off his shoes as soon as we put them on but not the case with these soft moccasins. He actually helps us put them on! He moves well in them outdoors. They take dirt pretty well but are fairly easy to clean. He gets them wet all the time playing with the hose and the shoes seem to keep their suppleness and dry well. Love the quality of these shoes and look forward to getting more as he grows! (Posted on 6/9/16)
It's good, for a slipper Review by Mama4males
The elk leather is so soft, so beautiful! The sheep lining, so soft, so beautiful! I really love Soft Stars, my feet are so comfy. My only qualm is, price for baby shoes is high for how long they last. I will still buy them, or make my own, but these last more like a slipper outside. Inside, they hold up perfect like new, but once outside, this will only last for one baby (if your baby walks a lot). I don't see how that can be improved, because it is soft material, but just know that when you buy it. It will not look pretty and fresh once you walk outdoors. (Posted on 4/28/16)
Really soft and minimal Review by Erin B.
We love our moccasins! It was really easy to measure her feet and I emailed also to make sure the size I bought would fit her and she would have plenty of room to grow into them. They are very soft and the elastic band makes it really easy to put on her feet. She wears them all the time, even to go out hiking in the park. We get lots of compliments on them so all we need to do now is get me a pair! <3 (Posted on 4/12/16)
Best baby shoes! Review by Meghan
I'd been trying to find shoes for my son for the fall and winter and kept looking at a similar style shoe by a big name brand but wasn't in love. One day I had lunch with a client and commented on how cute her daughter's shoes were. She told me they were Soft Stars and couldn't stop raving about how much she and her girls love them.

When I got home I decided to take a look and fell in love with these. The only thing holding me back from ordering was the price because I'm so used to seeing not so well made kid's shoes that fall apart.

Finally I decided to just for it and I am so glad I did! These shoes exceeded all expectations and are so amazing. The quality is wonderful and you can tell how much detail to craftsmanship is in them. My son has worn them everyday since we got them and I am now eyeing a pair for myself.

(Posted on 10/17/15)

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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:

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Roo Moccasin



Merry Jane


North Star








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.


Elastic (slip-on).

Elastic (slip-on).


Strap with buckle.




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.



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


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


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.



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).



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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