Custom Child Sandal with Laces

Give those little toes the freedom to enjoy the great outdoors with our soft-soled Child Sandal, featuring beautiful, breathable leathers and an adjustable shoelace closure…no more flapping flip-flops!

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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 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!

  • Shoelace closure for an adjustable fit; please note that Sandals with laces may be more easily removed by your little one than shoes with Velcro or elastic closures, especially for very young children
  • 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
  • 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:

Softstar Kids Shoe Soles

Customer Reviews

Excellent Review by Dove
I've ordered probably a dozen pairs by now for all members of my family. I like these especially for affordability and custom colors. My children chose their own colors and were so thrilled when they got them. These are definitely the next best thing to barefoot kids. (Posted on 8/11/17)
:) Review by Veronica
These are so cute and well made and we get lots of compliments on them. I was also very impressed with the free shipping and how quickly they got to us for a custom made shoe! They tend to fall off a little more easily than other sandals my son has had, but I think they might be a tad bit big so we will see if that gets better as he grows. (Posted on 6/27/17)
Love these shoes Review by Martina
My daughter loves these shoes. They are very comfortable! (Posted on 6/10/17)
great shoes Review by brittney
These shoes are comfortable, and cute. My daughter loves the complements she gets on all of her soft star shoes, and I love that they don't smell like a chemical factory. (Posted on 5/18/17)
My kid LOVES these shoes Review by automogator
This is the fourth pair of Soft Star Shoes I have bought for my toddler--two pairs are this sandal style. The first pair are a year old and still show no signs of wearing out despite regularly climbing and exploring our property and dragging her feet while riding her trike. I will never forget the day she tried on her first pair of Soft Star Shoes (after wearing traditional brand toddler shoes). Her eyes got big, she smiled, and she just took off running. They are so comfortable for her, and they provide her with feedback from different terrain. And now that she's a little older, she's really excited to pick out her own colors and designs. I am so impressed by the design, quality, and speediness--especially in building a custom shoe--I will always buy shoes from Soft Star. (Posted on 3/26/17)
My favorite kids shoes Review by Mamma to 3
The fit can't be beat. Everyone asks where I get them and I tell them my elves in Oregon! All 3 of my children have worn them. (Posted on 6/17/16)
ABSOLUTELY THE BEST!! Review by Grandmama
I designed 3 pairs of the sandals for my grandbaby. She is 18 months and she loves them!! I am going to design more for the colder weather. We love them! (Posted on 10/12/15)
Très bien Review by Sandy
Super chaussures et super service après vente malgré que je sois en France

Translate: Great shoes and great after sales service - even though I am in France (Posted on 7/30/15)
Hooked Review by Misha
I love these shoes! I ordered white (front and back) with a flower cutout and star laces. They are so cute - my daughter is going to wear them to a wedding this summer. The soles are flexible, the leather is comfortable and I expect these shoes to last a long time. I followed the size guidelines and ordered the recommended size and they fit my daughter perfectly, with just the right amount of growing room. I haven't found better minimalist kid shoes anywhere! (Posted on 7/6/15)
Charming Review by Sarah
The construction on these shoes is solid, and the colors are great. I chose smooth turquoise for the front and orange for the back. The colors are brilliant and deep, and the detailing is adorable ( I ordered a rocket ship, which they made in lime green - it's PERFECT!).

The leather itself is very soft and pliable without being flimsy. My son wore them for a few hours this morning for the first time, and they gently molded to the form of his foot. He was really comfortable in them, and ran around Walmart and the park comfortably.

The soles are great for textured flooring, but I have noticed that my son slips a bit when walking/toddler jogging on smooth surfaces like wood flooring or linoleum.

My son is 19 months old and has spent most of his time barefoot, but I noticed a difference in his gait and movement when he wore them this morning. He had an adjustment period (since he wore thick soled shoes yesterday), but he quickly moved with a more open hip swing and balanced better on the play equipment at the park than he did yesterday in the other shoes, despite the fact that the sandals are longer and a size larger than the other shoes.

I'll update the review once the shoes have been well loved :)

Now I'm going to have to get myself a pair of SS shoes! (Posted on 3/18/14)

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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. 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.
    • Wiggle/growing room is already taken into account.
    • If your child is on the border between two sizes then we recommend the larger size.

    Once you find the length measurement, you can use table below to best find the corresponding size. Keep the following points in mind:


    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.

Click here to see a complete listing of our leather colors

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:

Elf Moc

Elf Moc








Color Key: Suede Leather

Suede Color

Crayon Color

Chocolate Brown / Sepia
Honey Burnt Sienna
Burgundy Chestnut
Tan Raw Sienna
Mustard Yellow Orange
Pink Melon / Pink Carnation
Fuchsia Maroon / Cerise
Watermelon Mango Tango / Salmon
Red Red / Scarlet
Navy Midnight Blue
Royal Blue
Blue / Denim
Medium Blue
Cadet Blue
Turquoise Blue Green
Forest Pine Green
Emerald Sea Green
Lavender Purple Mountain's Majesty
Purple Violet (Purple)



Color Key: Smooth Nova Leather

Nova Color

Crayon Color

Ocean Denim
Yellow Yellow
Grass Green
Orange Red Orange
Red Brick Red
Nutmeg Brown
Black Black
White White

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.