Custom Adult Merry Jane

With classic styling and revolutionary comfort, this perfect shoe makes feet so happy, we had to call it “Merry”!

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We’ve created your go-to shoe for timeless style and endless wearability; in fact, many customers tell us their foot pain disappears when they put on these Merry Janes! This shoe’s minimal, flexible design enables natural foot function for every social function. Made with our signature premium full-grain leather and durable Vibram soles, the Merry Jane’s buckle-closure strap allows for an adjustable, customized fit. Take these shoes on your next adventure, and you’ll maneuver past all obstacles easily—and in style!

  • Flexible, minimal Vibram rubber sole molds to your foot
  • Buckle closure for adjustable fit
  • Choose from your own colors, cutouts or appliqués
  • Handcrafted in USA from premium, responsibly-sourced leathers
  • Custom shoes in like-new condition are fully returnable/exchangeable according to the terms of our return policy.

Need this shoe in a smaller size? Check out our Youth Custom Shoes category.


Customer Reviews

my favourite shoes! Review by sinead
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First of all I want to commend softstar for their amazing customer service.. for reasons I don't need to go into here I was trying to rush through an order and they could not have been more helpful and acommodating.. Secondly I absolutely love the shoe... both in terms of comfort (feels barefoot but protected) and style.. I love them, they are gorgeous and quirky. From the minute I put them on all I can say is my feet felt happy! as I said to my friend a day after I got them: happy feet=happy lady! Thank you Softstar, I'll be buying more in future. (Posted on 6/23/17)
The best shoes I've ever found! Review by Nicole
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I bought a pair of ocean colored Merry Jane's in 2012. They are starting to fall apart now after almost daily wear for 5 years. They are beautiful, even worn add they are, and oh so comfortable. I'll never buy another casual shoe again, Soft Stars are absolutely perfect in every way for me! I highly recommend! And I have a new pair on the way for when my favorite shoes are beyond repair. Thank you Elves! (Posted on 6/2/17)
Perfect fit! Review by jennifer
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These stay on beautifully with a higher piece of leather in the back. They are so soft and I feel barefoot. They don't smell without socks and my feet are no longer cracked. I will always have a pair of these. I did step on a tack and it went through to my heel, but I didn't bleed and well worth any further risk. They're the only shoes I don't feel like taking off at the end of the day and my ankles/lower legs aren't sore after I wear them all day. (Posted on 5/19/17)
Foot Utopia Review by Christine
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I really just love these shoes. I have always worn an 8-1/2 in non-minimalist shoes, but according to the sizing chart, I needed a 7 in this style. I also ordered the wide width. My feet are wide in the toe box area and narrow in the heel (aka duck feet). They fit me perfectly. At first, I didn't think the width would work (never having had a shoe that actually accommodated the width of my foot), but after wearing it, the shoe fit is perfect. My toes and upper foot area get to spread and relax, which is a sensation I had to get used to in the beginning. I have walked long distances in them and even danced, one night dancing on and off for several hours. I like the soles very much; so flexible. The shoes are just adorable and the leather has begun to contour to my foot. I don't use the sheepskin innersole mentioned in other reviews, but have no problem. There is a slight discoloration in the inner sole after wearing about one month, but not too bad. I also have had no transfer of black on my foot, as mentioned by another reviewer. They clean easily; I just wipe them with a slightly damp cloth, both upper and soles. I have gotten several compliments on them. I want the red and cobalt blue...just waiting for the right time money wise.... (Posted on 4/14/17)
weeeeeeee! Review by Ashley
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effing love these! the elves were super rad helping me exchange for a narrow (i never wear narrow btw, but these worked better for me). they are super comfortable and the colbalt blue is spectacular. non-stop compliments and comfort. win win. (Posted on 4/5/17)
VERY FINE SHOE Review by Kay
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I enjoy this shoe. It is exceedingly comfortable - like being barefoot. I look for shoes that contain only NATURAL materials. I don't like to use animals, but until someone develops using hemp or other plant materials, I will have to use it. Soft star seems to be a group who uses more natural materials than some other organizations. I only wish Soft star would cease using the rubber soles - on one pair they exuded a really noxious chemical smell - that isn't natural! or healthy. I don't want that on my feet or my person. So, I again ask if they can find a natural tree rubber source or just use the bulls hide leather on all their shoes - ( it is extremely long-lasting and durable, I've found) or invent a plant-based sole! Another benefit of keeping it all natural - one can "ground" with Mother Nature because her energy can penetrate any natural material. Most humans are not grounded enough - especially w/ the preponderance of man-made electric fields now ubiquitous - such as those from mobile phones , microwave ovens and computers. The bulls hide leather-soled Metro shoes from Soft Star continue to be my favorite because of their complete naturalness and grounding ability - but these Merry Janes I also like quite a bit. (Posted on 2/13/17)
not sure Review by jackie
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They don't look as attractive in real life as t hey do in the pictures. maybe it's because I have big feet size 11 wide. They sort of gap by the strap and I'm not sure there's enough room in the toe box though ti doesn't exactly hurt me. So discouraged, can't find minimalist shoes for people with my size foot. (Posted on 12/30/16)
Love, love, LOVE Review by Christa
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My only disappointment about this shoe is that since it's winter an there's snow on the ground, I can't wear them as much as I would like, which would be everyday!!! They are beautiful though, completely minimalist and I get sooooo many compliments on them everywhere I go! (Posted on 12/20/16)
Extremely comfortable Review by Cassandra
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My feet are in heaven! (Posted on 11/11/16)
Terrific, but doubts about buckle Review by Nancy
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I love my shoes, which are so versatile and comfortable. As most of my walking is in the city, I needed to add insoles for a little more cushioning. They would have been perfect as is for more natural surfaces, although I have always liked using insoles so I could wash them. and keep the insides of my shoes cleaner.

The buckles are a little bit fiddly for putting on and removing the shoes, and it looks to me like it may be the weak link in the shoe, but I could be wrong. I am a fan of Velcro closures, as I find them faster to get on and off, so I would like to see these on a future style.
These shoes are so comfortable that I have already ordered a lace-up style. (Posted on 11/8/16)
Love them! Review by Liz
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These are my first pair of softstar shoes (but not the last, I'm sure) and I love them! They are super comfortable and very attractive. (Posted on 11/3/16)
Nice but wide Review by Deb
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I really like how comfortable these shoes are! But...they are too wide for me. I cannot wear them with skinny jeans without looking like a clown so I stick to wide legged pants when wearing them. I almost wonder if they sent me wide shoes by mistake. I'm looking for other barefoot shoes I can try that are not as wide in the toe box. (Posted on 11/3/16)
Comfy Review by Debra
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Nice shoes but the toe box is a little too wide for me. They are soft and comfortable. (Posted on 10/11/16)
Most comfortable shoes I've ever worn!!!! Review by Mokshana
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I am so amazed by these shoes and am a huge fan of soft star shoes for the whole family now! I have been working on eliminating shoes from my wardrobe that caused poor posture and a series of other joint issues for years now. I thought that I was doing pretty well, by wearing Vibram five fingers, original Kalso earth brand, and Birkenstocks primarily-but none of those have felt as good for my whole body as these soft star Merry Jane's! I absolutely love these, wear them all day long, and can't wait to get my next pair! Thank you Soft Star Shoes! (Posted on 9/19/16)
Best shoes ever Review by Stef
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I finally splurged on myself after buying my kiddos multiple pairs of sss. SO WORTH IT!! Now I need more! They have become the only shoes I wear and still look nearly new. The only thing I wish is that they had a smaller women's size as mine are a touch big so I might measure and try the largest youth size next time (Posted on 6/4/16)
Life changing! Review by Jennifer
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I have had "bad feet" for decades and now realize I really had BAD SHOES. Post major bunion surgery I continued to have pain and my doctor prescribed orthotics which did not help. My daughter suggested Soft Stars and my feet and I have a new lease on life. These are comfortable and cute enough for work. I walk a lot at work and my feet no longer ache at the end of the day. Wonderful. Looking forward to buying more colors. (Posted on 5/30/16)
so pleased Review by Susan
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I am super happy with these shoes! They are comfortable and cute. I got them in plain black and needed a wide, so I would say there's just a bit of Minnie Mouse vibe to them, but I choose to rock it. My only frustration with Soft Star shoes is trying to figure out the fit. I have Ramblers in 7 regular, Ballerines in 7 regular, and Solstice sandals in a 6 wide. The Ballerines are just a skoosh to small/narrow, and haven't stretched out, so when I tried the Merry Janes on in a 7 regular and they seemed snug, I sent them back and re-ordered the wide. They are just a bit too wide, fit great with medium-weight socks... and they feel like they are going to stretch out to be too big. But maybe not! I do feel like I should have kept the regulars, though. I haven't had any issues with dye transfer. And of course they are beautifully made! Saving my pennies for my next pair of Soft Stars : ) (Posted on 1/17/16)
Happy Feet Review by Susanne
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My feet finally have shoes that fit like a glove! Color choice, cutouts, and flowers make me just want more pairs.

It would be helpful to purchase from Soft Star Shoes some touch up dye/ polish that would match as I know these shoes will receive a lot of wear! I love them. (Posted on 1/7/16)
Wonderful shoe Review by Dianne
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I love these shoes. They are extremely comfortable and very cute. The service was exceptional. I plan on getting the sandal next!!!! (Posted on 11/2/15)
Wonderful Shoes Review by Melissa
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These shoes have surpassed my expectations. From the start I experienced superior customer service, very reasonable shipping time, and once the product arrived I was thrilled. The shoes are very well made and so very comfortable. I thought I would need to switch between my old shoes and the Merry Jane’s, but this was not the case. Once I put on the Merry Jane’s, they haven’t left my feet. These were my first pair of Soft Stars and after one week of wearing them, I had to put in an order for some Roos for around the house. Thank you Soft Star for such a great product! (Posted on 10/22/15)
Energized! Review by Rebecca
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I am overjoyed with my merry janes to the extent that I officially refer to myself as "Merry Rebecca" while wearing them. While wearing them, I feel more closely connected to the earth and truly energized! Thank you to the Elves!! (Posted on 10/20/15)
All Day Every Day Review by sarah
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I buy a size to a size and a half down and they fit very very snugly for the first two weeks. I wear these 10 hours per day since 2011, and I work on my feet on cement floors. My feet, my knees, my posture are the better for it. The seams start to give out at the heel and the toe after about 6 months. I just bought my 8th pair. (Posted on 9/30/15)
Exceeded my expectations Review by Sunny
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I was worried about the fit as these are my first Soft Star shoes but after measuring and talking with an Elf the fit of the shoe is perfect. Comfortable and oh so cute. Thank you!!!! (Posted on 9/28/15)
Wonderful! Review by Duckalucky
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I got these shoes because a friend who shares my collagen disorder and hypermobility said that they were so flexible and comfortable. My feet really change shape during the course of the day. These shoes fit like a glove -- exactly like a soft, flexible, protective glove -- as much in the evening as the morning. I love them. I thought they were going to look a little TOO unique, but I have received nonstop compliments on them. They resist odors. They look brand new after I have worn them everywhere, with a busy four year old, even on two vacations! If you're hesitating, commit. I'm not a spokesperson, just a very happy consumer. (Posted on 9/19/15)
Fabulous wine/beer shoe Review by Tracy
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These shoes are fantastic for wine/barrel-age beer tastings! I always get compliments when I go to wineries and beer festivals. Comfortable and the shiny gold in the cork give them a fun flair. (Posted on 8/30/15)
Thanks for accomodating my special request! Review by Beth
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I have always needed extra length in the strap of mary jane-type shoes. Usually I punch a new hole myself, but this time I requested Soft Stars to do it for me. Of course they did it, and added a little extra length, too! I splurged on the sheepskin insoles for the first time. Love them. Will be ordering again. (Posted on 8/9/15)
I love soft star merry janes! Review by Gretchen
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I usually dislike shoes. Shoes usually dislike me! I LOVE these shoes! I want them in every color! I used to be a sneaker girl, not anymore!!! I wear them with everything. They are a very flexible style. (Posted on 11/17/14)
Best shoes for my feet allergies Review by Merry
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I have these shoes for over a month and love them. They are comfy and adorable ! I was looking for something safe and good for my feet since I have feet allergies and these are my new favorites. My daughter loved them so much she came in from college and took mine and now I'm ordering a replacement pair and a new second pair! (Posted on 11/2/14)
better than I was thinking Review by dorayme
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I got my first pair of MJ's last spring and they have become one of my favorite shoes to wear. As others have mentioned, they are comfortable first on, and remain that way. My only wish is that I had gotten the sheepskin innersole. I was worried it would push up on my foot and make my toes mold into the uppers excessively, but, after having the sheepskin in my moccasins, I think it would only enhance the MJ's. I'll be ordering a removable set with my next order to try them out. (Posted on 11/5/13)
That's why my daugther loves her mary janes Review by Mom from Amsterdam
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I bought some second hand SSS mary janes some time ago for my 3 year old daughter. She wants to wear them all the time so I ordered some mary janes for myself, and I love them. With a sheepskin insole it's even more comfortable!
And I ordered some DYO shoes for my 3 year old and some north star boots for my other daughter who will be 1 next month.
I think I'm going to order some sheepskin boots for myself also because I think they'll be comfortable too.
Thanks for new SSS addiction, I thought they wouldn't be that great but they are :D (Posted on 10/10/13)
Best shoes ever Review by Mel
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Since I started wearing Soft Star MJs I don't want to wear anything else. They are the ONLY shoes I have ever worn that have been comfortable straight away with no 'breaking in' required. The leather is so soft, nothing rubs or pinches, and my feet are happy all day. I get loads of compliments on them too. I'd love a pair in every colour! (Posted on 5/17/13)
Fantastic Review by Kathleen
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They feel very comfortable. I'm working at my store while wearing these MJs the whole day, and it is the first time that my feet don't hurt after 10 hours standing. Only minus is indeed the black paint on my feet or socks ... . But otherwise they are perfect. (Posted on 9/10/12)
Even better than I expected Review by Christy
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Felt tight the first day, but the leather has relaxed with wear and now they feel perfect. Nearly daily wear for several weeks without socks and they do not smell. Only downsides - the liner is still discoloring my feet (don't dare wear socks), the strap is a little long and hits the ground (not troublesome enough yet to cut it), and my feet feel cold if I go from a warm place to a cold place. Plan to get another color when I can afford it! (Posted on 5/2/12)
Awesomeness Review by Kara
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My husband surprised me with the yellow merry janes for Christmas. I pretty much get compliments on them every time I wear them, and they are so comfortable. I've actually fallen asleep with my shoes on before, and that never happens :). (Posted on 2/19/12)
Happy Feet Review by Lexi
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These fun shoes just make me happy! (Posted on 2/4/12)

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Unsure about your 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 feet using the method below (also shown in our sizing videos). You can then scroll down and see where your measurements fall on our sizing charts to find the recommended shoe size. All you need is a book, a tape measure and a wall.

Note: we no longer recommend tracing your 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 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.

     

Once you find your length measurement, you can use table below to best find your corresponding size.

 

Wide/Narrow: Trouble deciding your width? Our best recommendation is to order a wide or narrow only if you have found you need those custom widths in other brands for your feet to be comfortable. If you have never found you needed wide or narrow shoes before then we suggest sticking with our regular width.

Style notes:

If you find yourself between two shoe sizes, we recommend ordering the larger size. This is especially true of our adult Phoenix Boots, Portlanders and Rogue casual shoes, which run a bit small.

The following list shows all of the leather colors used in our workshop.

You will notice that our smooth, full grain leathers come in a variety of grades and styles. We've found some of these to work well on certain shoes, but not on others. For this reason, when you choose to custom design a shoe with smooth leather you will only see certain types available.

Discontinued leather colors are in a separate chart further down on this page. You will no longer find these colors as custom options for new shoes, but you may find them among our Sole Mate or clearance sale shoes.

Click here or scroll to the bottom of this page to read descriptions of our different leather varieties.

Smooth Leathers
(full grain)

 NOVA White Leather NOVA White
 NOVA Black Leather NOVA Black
 NOVA Slate Leather NOVA Slate
 NOVA Chocolate Leather NOVA Chocolate
 NOVA Nutmeg Leather NOVA Nutmeg
 NOVA Red Leather NOVA Red
 NOVA Flamingo Leather NOVA Flamingo
 NOVA Orange Leather NOVA Orange
 NOVA Yellow Leather NOVA Yellow
 NOVA Capers Leather NOVA Capers
 NOVA Grass Green Leather NOVA Grass Green
 NOVA Peacock Leather NOVA Peacock
 NOVA Turquoise Leather NOVA Turquoise
 NOVA Cerulean Leather NOVA Cerulean
 NOVA Ocean Leather NOVA Ocean
 NOVA Purple Leather NOVA Purple
 SUBLIME Flint Leather SUBLIME Flint
 SUBLIME Black Leather SUBLIME Black
 SUBLIME Chocolate Leather SUBLIME Chocolate
 SUBLIME Cream Leather SUBLIME Cream
 SUBLIME Sienna Leather SUBLIME Sienna
 SUBLIME Hot Pink Leather SUBLIME Hot Pink
Sublime Blaze Leather SUBLIME Blaze
 SUBLIME Tangerine Leather SUBLIME Tangerine
 SUBLIME Olive Leather SUBLIME Olive
Sublime Avocado Leather SUBLIME Avocado
 SUBLIME Deep Blue Sea SUBLIME Deep Blue Sea
 SUBLIME Sky Blue Leather SUBLIME Sky Blue
 SUBLIME Fuchsia Leather SUBLIME Fuchsia
 SUBLIME Purple Leather SUBLIME Purple
 Elk Leather Wildharvested Elk
 SMOOTH Aged Black Leather AGED Aged Black
 SMOOTH Aged Walnut Leather AGED Walnut
 SMOOTH Aged Whiskey Leather AGED Whiskey
 Green Cork with Gold Speckles Green Cork with Gold Speckles
 VEGETABLE TANNED Butternut Leather VEGETABLE TANNED Black
 VEGETABLE TANNED Cocoa Leather VEGETABLE TANNED Cocoa
veggie-thunderhead VEGETABLE TANNED Thunderhead
 SHINY Platinum Leather SHINY Platinum
 SHINY Gold Leather SHINY Gold
 SHINY Pewter Leather SHINY Pewter
 SHINY Ruby Leather SHINY Ruby
 SHINY Rose Leather SHINY Rose
 SHINY Royal Leather SHINY Royal

Plonge Leathers

 
 White Leather PLONGE White
 Plonge Graphite PLONGE Graphite
 Black Leather PLONGE Black
 Dark Hazelnut Leather PLONGE Dark Hazelnut
 Tan Leather PLONGE Tan
 Plonge Pearl PLONGE Pearl
 Fuchsia Leather PLONGE Red
 Fuchsia Leather PLONGE Fuchsia
 Pink Leather PLONGE Pink
 Mint Leather PLONGE Mint
 Lime Leather PLONGE Lime
 Plonge Kelp PLONGE Kelp
 Plonge Turquoise PLONGE Turquoise
 Royal Blue Leather PLONGE Royal Blue
 Robin Egg Blue Leather PLONGE Robin Egg Blue
 Lavender Leather PLONGE Lavender
Dark Cedar Leather RUSTIC Dark Cedar
Light Cedar Leather RUSTIC Light Cedar

Suede Leathers

 SUEDE Black Leather SUEDE Black
 SUEDE Chocolate Leather SUEDE Chocolate
 SUEDE Honey Leather SUEDE Honey
 SUEDE Tan Leather SUEDE Tan
suede-sand-swatch SUEDE Sand*
 SUEDE Burgundy Leather SUEDE Burgundy
 SUEDE Red Leather SUEDE Red
 SUEDE Watermelon Leather SUEDE Watermelon
 SUEDE Pink Leather SUEDE Pink
 SUEDE Orange Leather SUEDE Orange
 SUEDE Mustard Leather SUEDE Mustard
 SUEDE Forest Green Leather SUEDE Forest Green
 SUEDE Moss Leather SUEDE Moss
 SUEDE Emerald Leather SUEDE Emerald
 SUEDE Navy Leather SUEDE Navy
 SUEDE Royal Leather SUEDE Royal
 SUEDE Medium Blue Leather SUEDE Medium Blue
 SUEDE Turquoise Leather SUEDE Turquoise
 SUEDE Purple Leather SUEDE Purple
 SUEDE Fuchsia Leather SUEDE Fuchsia
 SUEDE Lavender Leather SUEDE Lavender
 SUEDE Zebra Leather SUEDE Zebra

*These colors are only available
for adult Roo moccasins.
 

NUBUCK Leathers 

NUBUCK Pebble Leather NUBUCK Pebble

LITE Leathers

 
 LITE White Leather LITE White
 LITE Black Leather LITE Black
 LITE Chocolate Leather LITE Chocolate
 LITE Tangerine Leather LITE Tangerine
 LITE Lime Leather LITE Lime
 LITE Turquoise Leather LITE Turquoise
 

Vegan ULTRASUEDE
(animal-free material)

 
 ULTRASUEDE Black Leather ULTRASUEDE Black
 ULTRASUEDE Cocoa Leather ULTRASUEDE Cocoa
 ULTRASUEDE Tan Leather ULTRASUEDE Tan
 ULTRASUEDE Pink Leather ULTRASUEDE Pink
 ULTRASUEDE Royal Blue Leather ULTRASUEDE Royal Blue

 

Elastic/Sport Closures
(fabric, not leather)

 
 White Elastic White
 Black Elastic Black
 Brown Elastic Brown
 Beige Elastic Beige
 Red Elastic Red
 Fuchsia Elastic Fuchsia
 Gold Elastic Gold
 Royal Blue Elastic Royal Blue
 Purple Elastic Purple

 

Discontinued Leathers

These colors are no longer available for new shoes, but you may find them among our pre-made Sole Mate shoes or clearance sale items.
nova-lilac-swatch NOVA Lilac
Sublime Stone Leather SUBLIME Stone
sublime-brandy-swatch SUBLIME Brandy
sublime-cannon-swatch SUBLIME Cannon
sublime-flame-swatch SUBLIME Flame
Sublime Terracotta Leather SUBLIME Terracotta
sublime-lime-swatch SUBLIME Lime
sublime-sage-swatch SUBLIME Sage
 SUBLIME Lavender Leather SUBLIME Lavender
 SMOOTH Aged Oak Leather AGED Oak
 Cork Leather Cork (with Gold Speckles)
veggie-dune-swatch VEGETABLE TAN Dune
veggie-chianti VEGETABLE TAN Chianti
veggie-rose-quartz VEGETABLE TAN Rose Quartz
veggie-olive-swatch VEGETABLE TAN Olive
veggie-eggplant VEGETABLE TAN Eggplant
veggie-grey-plum-swatch VEGETABLE TAN Grey Plum
veggie-waikiki VEGETABLE TAN Waikiki
shiny-sapphire-swatch SHINY Sapphire
shiny-violet SHINY Violet
 SUEDE Grey Leather SUEDE Grey
suede-toast-leather SUEDE Toast
suede-wheat-leather SUEDE Wheat
 SUEDE Black with Glossy White Stars Leather SUEDE Black with Stars
 SUEDE Cream with Shiny Gold Stars Leather SUEDE Cream with Gold Stars
 LITE Blue Leather LITE Blue
 ULTRASUEDE Ginger Snap Leather ULTRASUEDE Ginger Snap

 

Nova, Sublime, Plonge... What's the Difference?

  • Smooth NOVA: A durable leather that is slightly stiffer than our other smooth leather options. Used for shoes that need the extra stiffness for proper support. This includes most of our shoes that are stitched directly to the sole, such as our Classics, Sandals, Ramblers and Merry Janes. Texture appearance looks the same as our Sublime and Vegetable Tanned leathers (though grain size can vary throughout every hide).

  • Smooth SUBLIME: A durable smooth leather that is softer than Nova. We use this leather for our "turned" shoes (those that are made inside-out and then turned so the seams are on the inside) because the softer texture wraps around the foot well for a cozy fit. Used for our Roo moccasins, Metros, Dash RunAmocs and Original RunAmocs. Texture appearance looks the same as our Nova and Vegetable Tanned leathers (though grain size can vary throughout every hide).

  • Cork: A very thin fabric lined with cork and gold speckles. This thin material is only available for decorative parts of certain custom shoes, such as Dash RunAmoc sides or Ballerine heels.

  • Smooth Aged Leather: This soft leather has been distressed to give it a rustic look. It is used to make our Rogue shoes and select parts of our other custom shoes.Please note: aged leather peels easily when scuffed.

  • Vegetable-Tanned Leather: The only leather we import from Europe, due to it's highly sustainable properties. While all of our leather meets our sustainable standards (all of our leather is tanned without formaldehyde and colored with non-toxic food grade dye), this leather goes a step further with a purely vegetable-based tanning process using only grass-fed cows raised on controlled sustainable pastures in Germany's Bavarian Alps. Preferred by people with extreme chemical sensitivity. Due to it's high cost, there is an extra surcharge for use of vegetable-tanned leather in custom shoes. Texture appearance looks similar to Nova and Sublime leathers. Please note this "naked" leather is likely to show cosmetic flaws and stains easily, even with just water.

  • Shiny Leather: Smooth leather dyed with a glossy finish to give a shiny reflective look. Available for most of our custom shoes that are made from either Nova or Sublime leather. Please note that shiny leather will dull with wear. Here's an example of Shiny Gold toddler moccasins worn for several weeks:

shiny-leather-wear


  • Plonge Leather: The softest and lightest leather we could find! Since it is so thin and buttery soft, plonge leather works great for our baby Buttercup moccasins and the decorative trim on our adult Ballerine flats and is only used for these two styles.

  • Suede Leather: Leather made from the lower layers of a hide to give a soft cloth-like texture. Available for most of our moccasins and RunAmocs. Suede colors marked above with an asterisk (*) are only available for adult Roo moccasins, which require a thicker grade of leather.

  • NUBUCK Leather: A top-grain bovine leather that has been sanded or buffed on the grain side, or outside, to give a slight nap of short protein fibers, producing a velvet-like surface. Nubuck is unique because it has the durability of a top-grain leather with a soft touch that feels similar to a suede leather.

  • LITE Leather: A thin smooth leather covered in perforation holes. Great for giving your shoes extra ventilation, and a favorite for runners in hot climates. Used for our RunAmocs and Ballerines.

  • Vegan Ultrasuede Leather: A synthetic animal-free material with a texture similar to suede. Used to make our vegan shoes.

Care Tips for Full Grain Leather Shoes

WHEN THEY FIRST ARRIVE:

Soft Star 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 Soft Stars 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 on 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.