NEW! Custom Adult Primal RunAmoc

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  • SUBLIME Flint
  • SUBLIME Black
  • SUBLIME Chocolate
  • SUBLIME Sienna (limited supply)
  • SUBLIME Hazelnut
  • SUBLIME Latte
  • SUBLIME Cream (limited supply)
  • SUBLIME Eggshell
  • SUBLIME Oxblood
  • SUBLIME Blaze
  • SUBLIME Tangerine
  • SUBLIME Sunflower
  • SUBLIME Avocado (limited supply)
  • SUBLIME Kiwi
  • SUBLIME Olive (limited supply)
  • SUBLIME Fern
  • SUBLIME Pacific
  • SUBLIME Tahiti
  • SUBLIME Deep Blue Sea
  • SUBLIME Azure
  • SUBLIME Sky Blue (limited supply)
  • SUBLIME Purple
  • SUBLIME Fuchsia
  • AGED Walnut
  • VEGETABLE TANNED Black +$5.00
  • VEGETABLE TANNED Cocoa +$5.00
  • VEGETABLE TANNED Mango +$5.00
  • VEGETABLE TANNED Teal +$5.00
  • VEGETABLE TANNED Eggplant +$5.00
  • SHINY Platinum
  • SHINY Gold
  • SHINY Pewter
  • SHINY Ruby
  • SHINY Pink
  • SHINY Royal
  • SUBLIME Flint
  • SUBLIME Black
  • SUBLIME Chocolate
  • SUBLIME Sienna (limited supply)
  • SUBLIME Hazelnut
  • SUBLIME Latte
  • SUBLIME Cream (limited supply)
  • SUBLIME Eggshell
  • SUBLIME Oxblood
  • SUBLIME Blaze
  • SUBLIME Tangerine
  • SUBLIME Sunflower
  • SUBLIME Avocado (limited supply)
  • SUBLIME Kiwi
  • SUBLIME Olive (limited supply)
  • SUBLIME Fern
  • SUBLIME Pacific
  • SUBLIME Tahiti
  • SUBLIME Deep Blue Sea
  • SUBLIME Azure
  • SUBLIME Sky Blue (limited supply)
  • SUBLIME Purple
  • SUBLIME Fuchsia
  • Aged Walnut
  • VEGETABLE TANNED Black +$5.00
  • VEGETABLE TANNED Cocoa +$5.00
  • VEGETABLE TANNED Mango +$5.00
  • VEGETABLE TANNED Teal +$5.00
  • VEGETABLE TANNED Eggplant +$5.00
  • SHINY Platinum
  • SHINY Gold
  • SHINY Pewter
  • SHINY Ruby
  • SHINY Pink
  • SHINY Royal
  • SUBLIME Flint
  • SUBLIME Black
  • SUBLIME Chocolate
  • SUBLIME Sienna (limited supply)
  • SUBLIME Hazelnut
  • SUBLIME Latte
  • SUBLIME Cream (limited supply)
  • SUBLIME Eggshell
  • SUBLIME Oxblood
  • SUBLIME Blaze
  • SUBLIME Tangerine
  • SUBLIME Sunflower
  • SUBLIME Avocado (limited supply)
  • SUBLIME Kiwi
  • SUBLIME Olive (limited supply)
  • SUBLIME Fern
  • SUBLIME Pacific
  • SUBLIME Tahiti
  • SUBLIME Deep Blue Sea
  • SUBLIME Azure
  • SUBLIME Sky Blue (limited supply)
  • SUBLIME Purple
  • SUBLIME Fuchsia
  • Aged Walnut
  • VEGETABLE TANNED Black +$5.00
  • VEGETABLE TANNED Cocoa +$5.00
  • VEGETABLE TANNED Mango +$5.00
  • VEGETABLE TANNED Teal +$5.00
  • VEGETABLE TANNED Eggplant +$5.00
  • SHINY Platinum
  • SHINY Gold
  • SHINY Pewter
  • SHINY Ruby
  • SHINY Pink
  • SHINY Royal
  • SUBLIME Black
  • SUBLIME Flint
  • Black Laces
  • Grey Laces
  • Black
  • Dark Brown
  • Sand
  • Yellow
  • Spruce Grey
  • Blue
  • White
  • Street (2mm Vibram Rubber)
  • Trail (5mm Vibram Rubber)

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Scroll down for FAQ regarding this shoe's design and fit.

With our groundbreaking Primal shoe, we’re busting boundaries and embracing the natural physiology of the human foot like never before. This minimal footwear design is the perfect marriage of modern innovation with a pre-shoe-era mindset when our feet could wildly roam the Earth, unencumbered.

As shoemakers, we understand that one shoe does not fit all. Over the years, some of our customers have been asking for even more toe room, and this design is an answer to that enthusiastic feedback. This shoe will be the ideal solution for anyone seeking to maintain or restore natural foot function.

This Primal in smooth flint and deep blue sea leather is a versatile crossover that will seamlessly transition from athletic shoe and an everyday casual shoe. Whether you’re hunting for new adventures on a trail or gathering the kids from practice, this shoe will give you the flexible, strong foundation you need. And barefoot runners, tell your toes to get ready to flex, spread and party like it’s the Paleolithic era!

  • Innovative sole shape with extra roomy toe box.
  • Flexible, breathable materials for the ultimate in free foot movement.
  • Made with premium, responsibly sourced leathers.
  • Comes with a durable VibramTM 5mm Trail Sole.
  • Zero-drop sole between toe and heel.
  • Toe cap for extra toe durability made from upcycled bicycle inner tubes (click "Upcycled Toe Cap" tab above for more info).
  • Padded breathable tongue for snug, secure fit.
  • Expanded lacing system with extra eyestays for a customized fit.
  • Can be worn with or without socks.
  • Made in USA: designed and handcrafted in Oregon.

 


 

Primal FAQ

Since the Primal RunAmoc has such a unique shape, we receive many questions about its design and fit. Here are some of the most common concerns we encounter:

 

Should I order the same size in a Primal RunAmoc as I do for a Dash RunAmoc?

Most likely, yes. We strive to keep sizing as consistent as possible across all styles and the length of the Primal sole is the same length as our other sole shape. The majority of our testers of the Primal RunAmoc wore the same size as they wear in our Dash RunAmoc, but a small percentage preferred one size smaller. Variations with the way the uppers are designed along with subtle differences in an individual’s foot shape can change how a shoe feels, plus many people have different preferences for how snug or loose they prefer a shoe to fit. We recommend trying the same size you wear for Dash RunAmocs and rest assured that we offer an easy return/exchange process if needed.

 

I see you have regular, wide and narrow for other styles. What width is the Primal? How wide is it? Can you tell me if it is wide enough for my feet?

The Primal is available in Regular and Narrow widths.

The width of the Primal toe box is much wider than any other shoes we make, but the uppers and overall fit of the shoe are designed to fit snugly at your midfoot and heel. We have found that a Regular width Primal generally fits well if you order Regular or Wide in other Softstar shoes. In addition, if you have ordered wide Softstar shoes in the past simply because you wanted more room for toes to spread, then our regular width Primal RunAmoc will likely work very well for you. If you have a slim midfoot, you may prefer the Narrow width. If you have additional questions, you are always welcome to contact our customer service elves for assistance!

 

Is the shoe also wider in the heel?

No.

 

Can I get the toe cap on other shoes? 

No. The unique Primal toe cap is only available on our Primal shoe. 

 

Will the Primal sole shape be offered on more shoe styles?

Possibly. Currently this sole shape is only available for the Primal RunAmoc, but our designers are already testing it with some of our other existing styles. Depending on customer response to this shoe, we may add additional styles with this sole shape in 2018.

 

How does the shape of the Primal RunAmoc change between regular and narrow widths? 

Both regular and narrow widths of the Primal RunAmoc keep the toe box as the widest part of the shoe. The narrow width is reduced most along the toe box, slightly less at the middle/instep portion of the shoe and has no change around the heel. Narrow width is recommended for people who do not need the full amount of space in the toe box. For example, if you are new to minimalist shoes and are trying to restore your feet to their natural shape after years of wearing tapered shoes, then the full amount of space from the regular width may seem excessive, especially at first. This diagram shows how the regular and narrow width compare to each other:

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Customer Reviews

Oh .WoW ! Review by Garth
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I bought the 14 regular width ones despite thinking they'd just be too wide and may end up dragging toes or tripping. My foot is not shaped like the one is the SS photo showing a foot fanning out . After wearing them around in home for awhile, which is never the same as wearing them outside, I decided it was now or never.... the only way to really know was to go.... so I went .

All Good ! Despite having a half inch of space around the outside of my outer toes, it's not a problem AT ALL ! It feels absolutely wonderful to have all that free space for my toes to roam. I bought a RunAmoc Original last year after trying the Dash and after wearing them outside I realized the toe box just didn't have the room, despite being well roomy in the instep, so I rarely wear them as my toes end up feeling squished especially downhill. The Primal regular width fits my instep perfectly, so a narrow would not have worked and after seeing the diagram SS added that is confirmed.

I have read some reviews saying not to get the Primal unless you have toes that spread wide like the image shown .... and I do not agree with this at all. I have by all account "regular" width feet and my toes are not long and spread out, and this design works for me just fine. As for the wide toe shape and "appearances" ..... well .... compared to "other" shoes it's "different".....but that does not make the "other" any sort of "standard" ..... it's just what is sold. Blue is "different" from red, yet they both are colors and neither is better/worse than the other, the are THAT they are ! To just buy what others buy to "be like everyone else" is so self-denying ! If I don't really LOVE wearing something I won't bother regardless of what anyone may say how great or bad it may be. This is Life ... Here and Now is the only Here and Now ..... there is no "other" ..... celebrate It !

I had mine made with the trail sole, with sublime Pacific front and back, and an Avocado stripe with grey laces and eyestay ..... I really really LOVE the tropical feel of it ! (Posted on 4/11/18)
Happy Toes! Review by Hobbit Feet
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Quite simply the best athletic style sneaker & minimalist shoe I've ever worn. I ordered the narrow width in a size 9 with the 2mm trail sole and they fit like a glove or sock really; however, they are even more comfortable and versatile than I ever imagined they would or could possibly be. Great effort Elves--thanks for producing such a wonderful shoe--my feet thank you and my toes are also especially impressed as well! (Posted on 4/7/18)
Some really great features, one issue with the eyelets, and they need the bullhide leather sole option Review by Dilish
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I am an avid barefoot runner so last year I purchased a wide in the Dash RunAmocs (bullhide leather sole) specifically to give my toes more room when I need to wear shoes while running in the winter and to wear when walking indoors in places that require shoes (almost everywhere). Though the wides worked well enough for my purposes, the fact that the whole shoe was wide (I have regular width feet) has led to some difficulties with slipping. So when I saw these shoes I was excited to be able to order regular width shoes that would allow my toes to splay fully when I need to be shod.

Having purchased the bullhide leather in my Dash RunAmoc, I decided to purchase these Primals as more of an "indoor workout shoe" for HIIT workouts on polished wood floors (TRX, bootcamp, etc) and bought them with the 2mm vibram sole to prevent the slipping that occurs on those types of surfaces with the bullhide leather sole. The Primals are PERFECT for that purpose. My toes have all the room they need, while the leather uppers lay across them perfectly to keep them from feeling loose. In addition the Primals have 6 eyelets instead of the 4 that the Dash RunAmoc's have, which is much better for a running/sport type shoe as it makes the shoe feel secure on the foot while allowing the laces to be appropriately loose to allow for full bloodflow during the workout.
The only downside I've noticed is that the first 4 eyelets don't have the metal grommets in them, which I believe may reduce longevity of the shoe (this is why I've only given 4 stars).
I hope that these shoes will be made with a bullhide leather sole option ASAP because I think that overall they are a much better shoe for running/working out than the Dash RunAmoc, but I don't like the feel of running or walking with rubber soles (except when necessary) as I can't feel the ground the way I can when barefoot or with leather soles.

Note from the Elves: Thanks Dilish for your review and glad you are enjoying the shoes! We appreciate your concern about the eyelets not having grommets. The back of the eyelet piece is bonded with super-strong sole webbing and we tested pulling over 100# of force. We feel very confident this will hold up well over time for you, but rest assured we stand by our shoes and if they fail you, we will make things right. (Posted on 4/2/18)
Yes! Finally! Review by Liz
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The new Narrow width option is exactly what I was hoping for - still funky and with plenty of room to splay, but without the comical duck-like look of the Regular width (which may have been especially exaggerated on my size 7 shoes).

And I love the ability to customize them. Although, I *hate* having so many choices!
I had my first pair of narrow customs built with eggshell front, deep blue sea stripe, and black back & eyestay. Black thread and black laces. The eggshell wound up being the perfect shade of slightly-antique white (it's not a glaring bright white), so the shoe has a vintage feel. (Posted on 3/24/18)

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Find Your Size!

You can measure your 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 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 your 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 and Rogue casual shoes, which run a bit small.

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 then you may want to try our printable size guide. Just print the guide below and follow the instructions on the page.

Note: before you print the guide, 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."

 

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Have you noticed the stripes running across the rubber toe caps of your Primal RunAmocs? Ever wonder why they're there? As part of Softstar's ongoing efforts to promote sustainable manufacturing practices, these protective toe caps are made from upcycled bicycle inner tubes.

In our region of western Oregon, commuting by bicycle is very popular. The large number of bikes on our roads leads to many bicycle repair shops, and most of them are overflowing with old rubber inner tubes. Our shoe designers saw an opportunity to both improve our shoe and keep much of this waste from being sent to the landfill. After a few tedious experiments we found these rubber tubes are perfect for covering the toe areas of our shoes. 

To make sure we were not compromising the quality of our shoes, we made prototypes both with upcycled inner tubes and with new sheets of rubber and put them to the test on rugged hiking trails. In the end, the toe caps made from inner tubes held up better and provided more durability!

Softstar founder Tim Oliver now makes regular trips to our local bike shops, most notably the Corvallis Bicycle Collective, which sets aside their used inner tubes in anticipation of his visit. We then filter out the inner tubes that are too thin or too thick, cut out sections that show signs of damage, thoroughly wash what's left and stitch it to the front of our shoes!

For more information on our efforts to run an environmentally friendly workshop, visit our Sustainable Practices page.

Whether you need it for the trail, street, studio or workplace, we have the perfect RunAmoc for you!

Scroll down to compare shoe styles, sole options and leather, or click a category to jump ahead:

RunAmoc Style Comparison

 

Primal

Dash

Moc3

Summary

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Extra-wide toe splay for healthy, natural foot function.

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Multipurpose minimal shoe: athletic, casual or dressy.

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An ultra-light running "sock" with the durability of a shoe.

Features

• Extra wide toe box. This shoe is widest at the toes, rather than the ball of the foot, and is ideal for people who want to maintain/restore natural foot shape and function.

• Rubber toe cap, made from upcycled bicycle innertubes, adds durability to front of shoe--especially useful for hikers and trail runners.

• Extended lacing system is designed to fit snugly around instep, yet allow toes to spread out as much as possible.

• Underside of tongue is lined with a thin layer of Breathe-O-Prene (a breathable, neoprene-like material) to hold the shoe securely across the top of the foot.

• A versatile minimal design that can function as an athletic shoe, a casual shoe or a formal shoe (depending on color choices).

• Mid-level minimal shoe option for people who do not want the extra-wide toe box of the Primal RunAmoc, but prefer a shoe that is more traditional than the Moc3.

• Short lacing system allows adjustable fit around the instep while leaving the front of the foot unencumbered.

• Every component of the Dash is fully customizable for unique color, material and sole options.

• Our lightest minimal shoe, and one of the lightest in the world! Designed to be as flexible and lightweight as possible.

• Easily rolls up and fits into small spaces when not in use, such as a small bag or tucked under a belt.

• Slip-on design allows quick on/off when you're on the go.

• Breathe-O-Prene lining hugs your foot from all sides for a snug, but ventilated fit.

• Sole pattern is cut sparsely to allow maximum flexibility and barefoot experience (see image below).

Sizes

Adult Sizes 5U–15U

Available in regular and narrow widths.

Sizing Guide

Adult Sizes 5U–15U

Available in regular, narrow or wide widths.

Sizing Guide

Adult Sizes 4U–13U

Available in regular width only.

Sizing Guide

Weight

6.4–10.2 oz, depending on size.

 

5.0–9.5 oz, depending on size and sole.

 

4–6 oz, depending on size.

 

Sole Options

Primal sole shape:

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Available in 2mm Street sole or 5mm Trail sole.

Dash sole shape:

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Available in 3 sole options:

• 2mm Vibram™ Street Sole
• 5mm Vibram™ Trail Sole
• Tough Leather Sole (available only when you customize this shoe)

Moc2 sole shape:

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The Moc3 is only made with 2mm Vibram™ Street Sole cut to minimal patterned footbed. The sole is entirely covered with thin material, but the thicker 2mm sole covers the shaded areas above.

Custom Color Options Customizable in smooth sublime, shiny and vegetable-tanned leather colors. Customizable in suede, smooth (full grain) or LITE (perforated) leather colors.

LITE perforated leather colors.

 

RunAmoc Sole Comparison

 

2mm Street

5mm Trail

Bullhide Leather

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Trail Sole Close Up

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2mm Street Sole Pattern
5mm Trail Sole Pattern
Tough Leather Sole Pattern
Features

 

Very high level of groundfeel. Our thinnest and lightest sole. Minimal space between feet and ground.

High level of groundfeel. Extra thickness adds durability. Tread pattern provides additional traction on rough surfaces.

Our most flexible sole! 3–4mm thick (natural hides vary slightly). Pliable texture provides our highest level of groundfeel and most unrestricted foot movement.

All-natural leather material allows grounding conductivity (see earthing).

Use

Perfect for running on smooth surfaces or for trail runners who have strengthened their feet to tolerate groundfeel of rough surfaces.

Ideal for trail runners and those who want barefoot movement with protection while running over rough surfaces, such as gravel or rocky paths. Also a favorite for street runners who prefer durability over maximum groundfeel.

Recommended for people new to minimalist running shoes.

A favorite for people who prefer to run or walk barefoot. Like the street sole, it is recommended to have feet strengthened for barefoot-style running before using this sole on rough or rocky terrain.

NOTE: this sole can become very slippery on smooth, wet surfaces.

Price No additional cost. No additional cost.
+$10

 

 

 

Leather Material Comparison

 

Suede

Smooth
(full grain)

LITE (perforated)

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Softstar Suede Leather

Softstar Smooth Leather

Softstar LITE Leather

Look and Feel Soft and cozy. Matte appearance. Smooth and glossy. Underside is suede. Smooth, thin and light.
Pros & Cons

 

Pros: A favorite for its stylish look and extremely cozy feel.

Cons: Not water resistant, unless treated with a suede protector leathercare. Requires more effort to clean (we recommend a suede brush).

Pros: Naturally water resistant and easy to clean. Keeps feet warm and protected in cold, wet weather.

Cons: May cause feet to feel warm in hot climates, depending on your tolerance for heat/cold (still more breathable than most rubber or faux-leather shoes).

Pros: Lightweight, keeps feet cool and ventilated. A favorite for running in warm weather. Easy to clean.

Cons: Not water resistant... it has holes!

Use

Our suede leather is a popular choice for casual everyday shoes that look and feel fantastic! Many people use it for athletic shoes as well, though it does require extra effort to keep dry and clean.

Smooth leather provides the most protection from the elements. A popular choice for protecting feet from cold or wet weather. Also gives a classy look for dressy or formal occasions.

While naturally somewhat water resistant, smooth leather can be made more waterproof with full grain leathercare.

Great for athletes wanting to keep feet ventilated and cool. This naturally lightweight material minimizes shoe weight to maximize performance. Although it is not water resistant, the thin, airy material dries quickly and is easy to clean.

 

RUNAMOC HISTORY: 

In the fall of 2009, we noticed a sharp increase in calls from customers requesting modifications to our existing line of minimalist moccasins. We were surprised to learn that people weren't only wearing them around the house, but to run trails, marathons and even ultramarathons. With interest increasing in barefoot running, we began development of a barefoot running moccasin designed by and for runners.

Softstar called on our online community of fans to solicit input on ideal features to design a new shoe specifically for runners that was light, ventilated and featured super thin and flexible running soles. Our fantastic customers submitted ideas, provided feedback on prototypes and ultimately voted on the name RunAmoc. Since the very successful launch of the Original RunAmoc (now discontinued), we have added the Dash, Moc3 and Primal to the line. We hope you find these unique running shoes to be a benefit to your training routine and a treat for your feet!

 

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT TRANSITIONING TO MINIMAL RUNNING SHOES:

Making the switch from traditional shoes to minimal shoes or barefoot running/walking should be done gradually with research and advice from healthcare professionals to prevent injury. It is not recommended to begin heavy running in minimalist/barefoot shoes until your feet have adapted properly. You will probably be tempted to just take off since they are FUN and you feel like a kid in them, but you may end up injuring yourself if you plunge into full speed without proper conditioning. You may want to read this article that includes tips and training plans for transitioning safely:

Article: How to Transition to Minimal Shoes

Our disclaimer: please remember that we are shoemakers, not doctors. Nothing we say or write should be taken as medical advice or replace advice from a medical professional.