[BACKORDERED] Child Sandal - Aged Whiskey / Whiskey

Give those little toes the freedom to enjoy the great outdoors with our soft-soled Child Sandal, featuring beautiful, breathable leathers and a secure-fit Velcroclosure. No more flapping flip-flops!


BACKORDERED: We are currently out of stock of our aged whiskey leather. This shoe will be unavailable until early June, 2018.

Availability: In stock

Price $55.00

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Let your little wild child run, jump, and climb this summer with our barefoot-inspired Child’s Sandal. This lightweight shoe features all-natural, full-grain aged whiskey leather uppers and an easy Velcro closure for total warm-weather comfort, right from the start. Our sandals are designed to promote strong, natural foot development, securely flexing with every step for surefooted movement in all your child’s warm-weather adventures!

  • Convenient Velcro closure
  • Indoor/outdoor shoe
  • Allows natural foot movement and development
  • Natural leather is colored with non-toxic dye
  • Can be worn with or without socks
  • Rubber sole is thin, flexible and durable
  • 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

Ruined after 2 months Review by Diana
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I really loved the designed and make of these sandals. Unfortunately they are unwearable after 2 months of use: The seams that attach the upper leather part to the sole are coming apart in various places and they look really beat overall. They weren't durable enough for my active toddler. He wanted to wear his "rocket shoes" (we had the design with the little spaceship & star) every day so I assume they are comfortable. Considering the rather high price tag and possibly short life I wouldn't recommend buying these sandals for a toddler.

Note from the Elves: Thanks Diana for your review. Please contact us so we can help replace or repair your son's shoes - we would expect his shoes to last much longer - sounds like there was a problem with this pair and we would like to make things right for you. (Posted on 9/18/17)
Love them! Review by Chelsie
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This is my first time trying soft star shoes for my kids and so far I am really happy with the product! I will definitely be buying more in the future. I really like that they ship to Canada free! It would be nice to see more colors of the open toed sandals with velcro. They are quick and easy to put on and I am not a big fan of the bright red, blue, yellow colors but that is the only color they had for boys in an open toe sandal. (Posted on 8/28/17)
Beautiful! Review by Leanne
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My 4 year old loves these! I appreciate the beautiful colors you put together. Soft and wearable from day 1. I only wish the street soles didn't wear so fast. They do get slippery when on smooth floors. I am altogether sold on soft star! (Posted on 5/6/16)
Excellent Shoes! Review by Kelli
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We have been buying Soft Star shoes for my daughter for the past year. We love them and so does she! She is 2.5 years old and we love the velcro sandals because she can put them on by herself. She loves wearing them. Great quality! We will definitely continue to buy Soft Star shoes for our daughter as she grows. (Posted on 4/29/16)
LOVE these! Review by Julie H
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Oh my I just love these shoes! My daughter will look so adorable in them! (Posted on 5/21/15)
Beautiful! Review by Katherine
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My daughter thrilled at the notion of choosing her own color-design for her new shoes. These sandals are adorable and she loves wearing them. The leather is the softest I've ever felt on a shoe, and my daughter--who is highly sensitive to the 'feel' of a piece of clothing (she won't even wear socks, because the stitching across the toes irritates her!)--agrees. She has loved the feel of these shoes from the first moment she put her feet in them and has never once complained of any discomfort or irritation from them, even after hours and hours of wear, day after day. (A huge relief to her fingers-crossed-parents!) Excellent, impressive craftsmanship; superb-quality materials; beautiful product; incredibly happy child! (Posted on 4/22/12)

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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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