We know that nothing beats a moccasin for barefoot comfort. Unfortunately, the gentle, peaceful moccasin has some natural enemies: wet weather, jagged terrain…rough-asphalted playgrounds. So which do you choose: comfort, or resilience?
Trick question—no choice necessary! We’ve designed the Rambler to provide both durable soling AND the cozy fit of your child’s favorite moccasins. This shoe features a flexible, stitched-on Vibram sole that resists water, debris, and other unpredictable obstacles of first-steps walkers. Elastic concealed in the ankle seam secures the shoe to the foot while enabling the wearer to slip it on and off with ease. Our animal-free ultrasuede is easy to wash and allows a comfy moccasin fit. Ramble on, comfort-lovers, ramble on!
- Indoor/outdoor shoe
- Made with cruelty-free vegan ultrasuede
- Machine washable
- Can be worn with or without socks
- Rubber sole is thin, flexible and durable
- Elastic ankle closure—easy on and stays on!
- Handcrafted in USA
- Custom shoes in like-new condition are fully returnable/exchangeable according to the terms of our return policy.
The sole for this shoe will vary depending on the size you order:
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Baby's feet typically grow through 4 sizes in the first year. (Size 1 for the first month, size 2 for months 2-4, size 3 for months 4-9ish, size 4 for months 6 -12ish.) Of course this will vary by each baby, but foot growth usually slows down considerably after the first year. As babies are not mobile those first few months, we generally do not stock shoes in size 1 or 2, although we can certainly make them for you by special request if needed for a special occasion or for a baby with extremely small feet.
MOCCASIN SIZING: The good thing about soft, moccasin style shoes ( like the Buttercups or Roos) is that extra length is generally not a problem. If walking, baby's foot will slide right to the front of a moc-style shoe and the excess length will be in the back behind their ankle, so no worries about tripping over extra length at the toe. Think of it like a glove for their feet. Moccasins very forgiving if too big, which is a good thing if you are on a budget. The main fit concern with a moccasin is getting a size that will stay on your baby's ankle.
Unsure about your child's 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).
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."
Want more details? Check out this video for visual step-by-step instructions:
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You can still measure your child's feet using the method below (also shown in our sizing videos). You can then scroll down and see where the measurements fall on our sizing chart to find the recommended shoe size. All you need is a book, a tape measure and a wall.
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. Remove shoes and socks and place the bare foot so that the heel is barely touching a wall.
- 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. Step away carefully and measure the distance from the book to the wall.
- 4. Scroll down and look for this measurement on the sizing charts below to find the recommended shoe size.
Once you find the length measurement, you can use table below to best find the corresponding size. Keep the following points in mind:
- 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.
We do our best to get the most accurate leather color swatch photographs possible, but not all screens will show colors the same way. A customer once suggested we tell people what Crayola™ color crayon our leathers most closely match and we thought it was a fantastic idea! Below you will find the Soft Star colors and the corresponding Crayola™ Crayon names.
We're also happy to offer coloring sheets for our popular kids' styles, so your children can design their own shoes at home!
Click on the style below to open a printable coloring page:
Color Key: Suede Leather
|Chocolate||Brown / Sepia
|Pink||Melon / Pink Carnation
|Fuchsia||Maroon / Cerise
|Watermelon||Mango Tango / Salmon
|Red||Red / Scarlet
||Blue / Denim
|Lavender||Purple Mountain's Majesty
Color Key: Smooth Nova Leather
Care Tips for Vegan Shoes
Softstar vegan shoes are made from Sherpasuede or Ultrasuede™ synthetic leather. All are very durable, made from recycled materials and are machine washable. Yes, that's right—you can throw your shoes in the washer whenever needed. We recommend air drying them, but if you have a drying rack that inserts in your dryer, then you can use it on light heat.