Custom Child Classic

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  • NOVA White
  • NOVA Black
  • NOVA Slate
  • NOVA Chocolate
  • NOVA Nutmeg
  • NOVA Red
  • NOVA Flamingo
  • NOVA Orange
  • NOVA Yellow
  • NOVA Capers
  • NOVA Grass Green
  • NOVA Peacock
  • NOVA Turquoise
  • NOVA Cerulean
  • NOVA Ocean
  • NOVA Purple
  • AGED Walnut
  • SHINY Platinum
  • SHINY Gold
  • SHINY Pewter
  • SHINY Ruby
  • SHINY Pink
  • SHINY Royal
  • NOVA White
  • NOVA Black
  • NOVA Slate
  • NOVA Chocolate
  • NOVA Nutmeg
  • NOVA Red
  • NOVA Flamingo
  • NOVA Orange
  • NOVA Yellow
  • NOVA Capers
  • NOVA Grass Green
  • NOVA Peacock
  • NOVA Turquoise
  • NOVA Cerulean
  • NOVA Ocean
  • NOVA Purple
  • AGED Walnut
  • SHINY Platinum
  • SHINY Gold
  • SHINY Pewter
  • SHINY Ruby
  • SHINY Pink
  • SHINY Royal
  • PLAIN - No Motif
  • Star - NOVA White
  • Star - NOVA Yellow
  • Star - SHINY Platinum
  • Star - SHINY Gold
  • Star - SHINY Ruby
  • Star - Let the Elves choose the color!
  • Heart - NOVA White
  • Heart - NOVA Red
  • Heart - NOVA Flamingo
  • Heart - SHINY Platinum
  • Heart - SHINY Gold
  • Heart - SHINY Ruby
  • Heart - SHINY Pink
  • Heart - Let the Elves choose the color!
  • Rocket - Yellow (Star: White)
  • Rocket - Shiny Gold (Star: Whiskey)
  • Rocket - Shiny Platinum (Star: Shiny Ruby)
  • Rocket - Shiny Pewter (Star: Shiny Platinum)
  • Rocket - Let the Elves choose the color!
  • Moon - White (Star: Yellow)
  • Moon - Yellow (Star: White)
  • Moon - Shiny Platinum (Star: Aged Whiskey)
  • Moon - Shiny Gold (Star: Shiny Ruby)
  • Moon - Shiny Pewter (Star: Shiny Gold)
  • Moon - Let the Elves choose the color!
  • 3-Star Cutout
  • 3-Heart Cutout
  • Flower Cutout +$5.00
  • Leather Flower - White +$5.00
  • Leather Flower - Flamingo +$5.00
  • Leather Flower - Peacock +$5.00
  • Leather Flower - Turquoise +$5.00
  • Leather Flower - Purple +$5.00

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What makes a Classic…classic? Is it the quality? The clean, versatile design? The sense of history? Sure, and this shoe certainly has it all. However, we know the real reason families have turned to the Classic for three decades is simple: it works! Perfect for year-round wear, this closed-toe, smooth leather shoe keeps out sand, dirt, water, and anything else the playground can dish out. An easy adjustable Velcro strap at the ankle allows kids to pull these shoes on and off themselves for uninterrupted, independent adventures. Thin and flexible rubber soles promote natural foot movement and development, and genuine sheepskin innersoles (sold separately) can be added for warmth, comfort, and natural moisture-wicking. From first steps to first hikes, nothing beats a Classic!
  • Convenient Velcro strap
  • Indoor/outdoor shoe
  • Choose from your own colors, cutouts or appliqués
  • Can be worn with or without socks
  • Rubber sole is thin, flexible, and durable
  • Naturally water-resistant
  • Handcrafted in the 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

Great, sturdy shoes! Review by Hannah
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My daughter got her first pair of this style of shoe before she was walking, so they were constantly being scraped across our concrete patio as she crawled around the backyard (as I said to her: "let's peel off the cow skin instead of your skin, honey"). After about 6 weeks, the decorations are definitely showing signs of wear, but the shoes are keeping her feet safe and they STAY ON. We will definitely be buying another pair when she outgrows these! (Posted on 9/13/17)
Awesome Review by Mom of 2
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I was skeptical to spend so much on shoes for a 3 year old, but decided i'd rather buy one pair of great shoes than 3 low quality ones. These are the best purchase I've ever made and I can't imagine not purchasing them again for every year of my daughter's life (Posted on 11/9/16)
LOVE Them Review by Michelle
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My 3 year old son hates wearing shoes, but loves his Soft Star shoes! They are easy for him to get on and he doesn't try to take them off as soon as he sits down. They are durable, adorable, and give the perfect amount of support for developing feet. (Posted on 12/28/15)
Love love love Review by HK
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I'll start by saying that I don't think there are better, healthier, safer, more adorable shoes available for children than Soft Star and I'm a total convert. The leather is beautiful, wears well, no chemicals, and there are no poke-y or scratchy parts.
I initially bought 1 pr Classics and 1 pr Ramblers for my almost-2yo son. He wouldn't wear the Ramblers because they were too hard to get on-- too tight, but these he took to immediately. LOVED the velcro. I was shocked that I could return the Ramblers and bought a 2nd pr of Classics. My 2 concerns were the large rim on the outside and the sole being too thick. The rim was a bit of a problem at first but he adjusted to it quickly. It still catches occasionally at the toe and he faceplants, but this happens with other shoes too. The positive about the rim is that there are no seams on the inside so he doesn't get blisters and chafing like he did with Pedipeds. But Elves: if there is any way to cut down the amount of rim in the design it would be ideal. Re sole: You can order these with the thinner sole and I almost did, but I am so happy I didn't. He runs outside so much they would be gone by now and he's only had them for a couple of months. And lastly, superficially, there is not a day that goes by without someone coming up to me and gawking over them. (Posted on 11/3/15)
beautiful & comfortable shoes Review by Musical Mama CT
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these are the 3rd pair of soft star shoes we purchased for our now 18 month old daughter (2 child classics and 1 moccasin)... this company, their customer service ethic, the quality of the shoes... all A+ ! we splurged on the dyo child classic and couldn't be more pleased. it was great fun designing our own shoe and our daughter loves them! thank you! we will be customers forever! (Posted on 9/20/15)
Nice design, but soles too thick. Review by Berta
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We were very excited to find Soft Star, because our son had grown out of the largest sizes offered by other sources we'd been using for minimalist baby and toddler shoes. His first pair were a Christmas gift, and while the design is solid and construction excellent, we were sorry to see that the sole is much thicker than we'd expected. His current shoes have 1/8" Vibram soles, which give good protection from rocks and thorns while still being very flexible and allowing him to feel the ground. From pictures, I thought the Soft Star soles were similar. It turns out that these soles are about 3/8" thick and foamy. They don't provide the ground feel and flexibility we were looking for. (Posted on 1/8/15)
Adorable! My kid loves them, too! Review by Mara
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It was so much fun when the box with my order arrived - the shoes were more beautiful than I thought they would be! Just precious! But the best part is my daughter loves them and won't take them off. This is new - normally she kicks off her shoes as soon as she can. I will be back for more. (Posted on 11/13/14)

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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


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

Moc

Moc

Sandal

Sandal

Classic

Classic

 

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
Green
Orange Red Orange
Red Brick Red
Nutmeg Brown
Black Black
White White