Custom Rambler

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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
  • AGED Whiskey
  • VEGETABLE TANNED Black +$5.00
  • VEGETABLE TANNED Cocoa +$5.00
  • VEGETABLE TANNED Chianti +$5.00
  • VEGETABLE TANNED Thunderhead +$5.00
  • SHINY Platinum
  • SHINY Gold
  • SHINY Pewter
  • SHINY Ruby (backordered)
  • SHINY Rose (backordered)
  • 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
  • AGED Whiskey
  • VEGETABLE TANNED Black +$5.00
  • VEGETABLE TANNED Cocoa +$5.00
  • VEGETABLE TANNED Chianti +$5.00
  • VEGETABLE TANNED Thunderhead +$5.00
  • SHINY Platinum
  • SHINY Gold
  • SHINY Pewter
  • SHINY Ruby (backordered)
  • SHINY Rose (backordered)
  • SHINY Royal
  • PLAIN Button - No Motif
  • Star - NOVA White
  • Star - NOVA Black
  • Star - NOVA Slate
  • Star - NOVA Chocolate
  • Star - NOVA Nutmeg
  • Star - NOVA Red
  • Star - NOVA Flamingo
  • Star - NOVA Orange
  • Star - NOVA Yellow
  • Star - NOVA Capers
  • Star - NOVA Grass Green
  • Star - NOVA Peacock
  • Star - NOVA Turquoise
  • Star - NOVA Cerulean
  • Star - NOVA Ocean
  • Star - NOVA Purple
  • Star - SHINY Platinum
  • Star - SHINY Gold
  • Star - SHINY Pewter
  • Star - SHINY Ruby
  • Star - SHINY Rose
  • Star - SHINY Royal
  • Star - Let the Elves choose the color!
  • Heart - NOVA White
  • Heart - NOVA Red
  • Heart - NOVA Flamingo
  • Heart - NOVA Turquoise
  • Heart - SHINY Platinum
  • Heart - SHINY Gold
  • Heart - SHINY Rose
  • 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!
  • Leather Flower - Purple +$4.00
  • Leather Flower - Turquoise +$4.00
  • Leather Flower - Yellow +$4.00
  • Leather Flower - White +$4.00
  • Leather Flower - Flamingo +$4.00
  • Suede Innersole
  • Sheepskin Innersole +$5.00
  • Standard Sole
  • Rugged Trail Sole (not available for child sizes 3-7) +$8.00

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We know that nothing beats a moccasin for barefoot comfort…after all, who doesn’t want to be constantly enveloped in buttery leather and fluffy sheepskin? Unfortunately, the gentle, peaceful moccasin has some natural enemies: wet weather, jagged terrain…rough-asphalted skate parks. 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 growing up. Elastic concealed in the ankle seam secures the shoe to the foot while enabling the wearer to slip it on and off with ease. The leather Rambler comes equipped with our suede innersole, and genuine sheepskin innersole inserts can be added for moisture-wicking temperature regulation from summer to winter. Ramble on, comfort-lovers, ramble on!

  • Flexible Vibram rubber sole for durable outdoor use
  • Suede innersoles (sheepskin innersole inserts can be added separately)
  • Indoor/outdoor shoe
  • Elastic ankle closure - Easy on, secure it, easy off!
  • 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

The standard (non-rugged) sole for this shoe will vary depending on the size you order:

Softstar Kids Shoe Soles

Customer Reviews

i love it Review by jana age 7
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i love its so comfy and perfect

Note from the Elves: Thanks Jana! (Posted on 3/30/17)
Beautiful, but be careful with younger children! Review by Diane
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First of all, the shoes are lovely. They are well made, and the leather is soft and appears to be durable. I saw a few reviews of the rugged ramblers where parents warned that the protruding "lip" in front of the shoe can be a tripping hazard for some children. I had assumed that the warning was more for early walkers. My son is 2 1/2 and has been walking and hiking with us on rugged terrain regularly from a young age. He is very sure-footed and rarely stumbles. However, both of his regular nannies complained that he tripped several times in these shoes. His father took him out once and declared the shoes "hazardous." I should have listened, because the other day he was wearing them with me and tripped over the protruding edge and fell down a full flight of wooden stairs. He has never fallen on stairs before, and needless to say I felt horrible. He will no longer be wearing these beautiful nearly-new shoes. They are great quality, but I wish I had gotten him moccasins instead. I will definitely consider soft star shoes for myself, and moccasin-style shoes for my son, but am disappointed with this particular purchase. I would love to see Soft Star make an outdoor toddler shoe in which the leather wraps around (to eliminate the front edge) but has soft rubber soles embedded in the bottom. My son previously had another minimalist outdoor moccasin that was styled this way. Soft Star's materials and workmanship are superior to the other brand, and, their customer service was excellent when I had questions. But, the one design issue has been a big problem for my little one. I didn't feel right taking off more than one star, because this styling element might not be a factor for older children. My son is used to being barefoot or nearly barefoot, so has never really had to be very aware of a sole protruding beyond the tip of his foot before. (Posted on 3/3/17)
Impressed Review by Leahs mom
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I absolutely love my daughters reaction to these! She wouldn't stop walking around once I put them on her. The quality is great, I was very impressed. Im buying her the custom sandals next, thank you elves! (Posted on 3/2/17)
Great shoe, really disappointing lining Review by Alyssa
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I've been a loyal Soft Star customer for years. I've never been disappointed in anything we've ordered from you. Overall, these are great shoes that allow my 4 year old to run, jump, climb, hike, play, etc. in a way that his foot was designed to move. However, I am a little disappointed that I spent the extra money to add a sheepskin liner only to find out the liner used in this shoe doesn't come close to the sheepskin used in all the other shoes we've ordered over the years. It is a brown color, rather than white like in all the other shoes we have, which didn't bother me. But, it is extremely thin and not very cushy. It has been worn completely flat after just 3 days of wear. In the future, I will just buy the separate sheepskin liners rather than adding them to custom shoes, as the separate ones seem to be much higher quality. (Posted on 2/27/17)
I totally luv these shoes Review by ForMyMax
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My 23 month old son has wide feet with high arches and these are the only shoes that fit him...I am so glad I found Softstar, not only are they adorable but the fact that you can customize them is awesome! I get compliments every time I got out. My only problem is that when one shoe is lost forever it's very upsetting. How bout putting a visualizer option on the sandals?

Note from the Elves: Thanks for the review! Please note we do offer a single replacement shoe when only one is lost: http://www.softstarshoes.com/buy-a-single-shoe.html We will get working on more visualizers :-)
(Posted on 2/7/17)
For children with foot abnormalities Review by AJ
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Thank goodness for the elves! Katie was so helpful for our recent order. Both my sons have extra toes and this is the only place we can get shoes that fit! When we had a sizing issue they corrected it right away. I only wish they would add an extra wide as a standard size option... which I hear is a possibility! Love Soft star!!!! (Posted on 12/24/16)
Best shoes ever!! Review by Sheila
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The shoes and service was excellent!! Thank you!! (Posted on 12/10/16)
Best shoes for toddlers! Review by Leslie
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These are the only shoes my 2 1/2 year old has worn. He has wide feet but they fit perfect and stay on well. He started walking on his first birthday and has walked/ran better than almost any kids his age I have seen. I ALWAYS recommend these shoes to friends. Some day, maybe I'll even try a pair of the ballet flats! Thank you elves! (Posted on 12/6/16)
Great in theory Review by Victoria
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I really wanted to like these. My fat footed baby desperately needed shoes. I even spoke with an "elf" to give my son's exact measurements and I was assured they would fit. While they fit my 1 year old, he could pull them off way too easily. They never stayed on and were therefore useless. Needless to say I'm $60 in the hole and my son's been wearing cheap soft bottomed crib shoes from Target that don't offer much support, but at least stay on. (Posted on 11/7/16)
I really love them Review by A.
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A, age 9: The shoes are very bright, very pretty and I really love them. I want to buy more shoes.They are soft, I like the color of the leather- they are comfortable to wear but they are so pretty I don't want to wear them out of the house. (Posted on 11/5/16)
Awesome Shoes and Awesome Customer Service! Review by Kyra
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My 2 year old only wear moccasins or goes barefoot so I knew he wouldn't tolerate a firm soled shoes for the winter. A friend recommended Soft Star Shoes and I am so glad she did! Before purchasing I called Soft Star with several questions about sizing, fit and the soles. The gal I talked to was so nice and was super helpful. I used the printable sizing chart and ordered a size 6 initially. They fit but I didn't think we had much room to grow. I returned them and ordered a size 7 and they were made and shipped to me within a few days. They also didn't charge me for the $5 price difference. My son LOVES these shoes! The sole is SUPER flexible and the leather is soft but is holding up really well against my rough and tumble little man! I wish I could have a pair in every color! (Posted on 11/3/16)
The best toddler shoes ever! Review by Jennifer
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I bought the original soft star tie shoes for my older kids (oldest is now 24!) and looked up the brand for our youngest. He's now 3 1/2 and he's on his sixth pair of Soft Stars, and his second set of Ramblers. This latest pair has the extra-thick soles, which he really needs, given how active he is! I'm normally a very frugal shopper, and usually buy used clothing for my kids, but these shoes are worth every penny, and I'm hoping he'll be wearing them for a long time. Thanks for a great line of quality shoes! (Posted on 11/3/16)
Great Shoes, Great Service Review by Jessica
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I ordered a custom rambler for my 13 mo old. I discovered Soft Star shoes in my search for something that would fit my toddler's VERY chunky feet! Her feet are not especially wide just very "pillow-y" on top. I had to send measurements for the custom build and I had great interactions with the Elves at Soft Star.

I love the fabric of the shoes, it's sturdy but very flexible and comfortable for her first shoes.

I will say that the external edge of the rambler is very firm, and since my baby went between walking and crawling a lot it added a slight difficulty with her feet not bending when she would switch to crawling (if that makes sense). Occasionally I wonder if I should have done a moccasin. But I do think the rambler is better for the outdoor play since we live in a more wooded area.

I will definitely be ordering another pair of soft star shoes when she outgrows this pair!

(Posted on 11/3/16)
our favorite shoes in every way! Review by Edith
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Our whole family loves soft star shoes. I've bought three pairs of Ramblers for my two little boys and it's all they wear for three-season outdoor adventuring; in the winter the Rambler is a perfect classroom shoe / at-home slipper once heavy boots come off. Given my boys' love of the Ramblers, my mother and I have happily invested in several other pairs of Soft Stars (ballerine, original moc, etc.) and we love absolutely everything about the soft-star experience. (Posted on 11/3/16)
Love them! Review by Jennifer
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My daughter loves her moccasins and she prefers to be barefoot. Unfortunately our puppy also loved them and we had to replace one. The elves were helpful when we called to order a replacement. Being Canadian it was also a nice surprise not to have duties to pay. Well worth the price and will order from them again. (Posted on 11/3/16)
12th Pair Review by Flatlander
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I had to have expensive surgery to fix my foot from decades of wearing main stream shoes. In fact 3 of my 4 sisters had to as well. When I had a child it seemed obvious to pay a bit more for shoes and avoid the pain and surgery down the road.

At age 10 my daughter is on her 12th pair of Ramblers and that's after a few years of Roos. I love that I can just order the next size up; such a time saver! My daughter loves to wear her Soft Stars -- when she has to wear shoes at all. (Posted on 10/5/16)
My toddler LOVES them! Review by Kate
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We got the ramblers as our outdoor, running, exploring, on-the-go toddler shoe after a great experience with the mocs. We are NOT disappointed. My toddler LOVES these shoes and wants to wear them ALL the time, in the house, in the heat, it doesn't matter. We will be buying lots of ramblers in the future as he grows as well! (Posted on 8/29/16)
Thank you Elves! Review by Sarah
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I have a baby with extremely hard to fit (pudgy) feet. Elf Tesla was very helpful and made sure that we got shoes that would fit perfectly. They are very charming and easy for him to walk in, and they don't get scuffed when he decides to crawl on the sidewalk rather than walk. My only complaint is that, due to the ridge created where the upper meets the sole, it is easy for him to pull his own shoes off. They were not cheap, but these are the only shoes that fit, and they are worth the money. (Posted on 5/16/16)
Money well spent Review by Katie
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My young daughter wears these shoes everywhere, mostly outdoors for very rough and dirty play. They dry beautifully, and allow me to keep my mouth shut as she goes about her hard work confidently feeling the surface underneath her feet. They stuff in my backpack easily and lightly, and polish up to look so sweet with a dress. We will buy these instead of sneakers/sandals from now on. (Posted on 5/4/16)
Best for wide feet Review by Hiedi
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I tried several brands of wide width shoes and there was nothing my 3 year old could even get close to shoving his foot into independently. He designed his shoe, I went for the thicker sole and sheepskin and we both live them. The leather is soft but durable and they go on easily and stay on during play. All that and an ethical product- well worth the money. (Posted on 3/18/16)
my 4 yo daughter wears them everywhere Review by Kim
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She picked out all of the colors herself and she loves them. She wears them constantly and usually with no socks. And no stink! She even asked to wear them to soccer the other day instead of her sneakers. I am happy that her feet are in healthy shoes! Thank you, Elves! (Posted on 1/11/16)
Love these shoes! Review by Heather
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I am so impressed with these shoes, I'm already planning my next order. My son shows everyone his new 'rocket shoes' and they are his favorite thing to wear.

I love that they are handmade in the USA and through a toxin free process. I ordered wide for my son and they are so easy to get on his large feet.

I will be ordering a pair for my daughter as well and look forward to soft star sandals for the warmer months.

You have a customer for life! (Posted on 12/22/15)
Not too shoey, floppy, or squishy! Review by Smazattack
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I've been eyeing these shoes for probably a year, and finally decided to take the plunge after a daily battle to get my daughter to wear shoes, These are great! Just enough structure and sole to keep her feet protected, but flexible and lightweight and so far, pretty durable. (Posted on 11/25/15)
Thumbs up! Review by Michael Banaag
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Leo our 6-yr-old says, "I Like the colors I picked!" (With a Huge smiley face) and it "feels GOOD!" The option for DYO and being able to actually see what it will look like got him SO excited! This is his 4th or 5th pair. The last time we got him a pair of rain boots and he just wanted to wear his ramblers. If a kid loves his shoes that much it's gotta be good! Great jobs elves! Thanks (Posted on 11/22/15)
Great for sensory kids Review by HB
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Like a previous reviewer, I spent loads of money on shoes my sensory kid wouldn't wear. He can handle boots and flip flops, and now he's got moccasins as his main footwear. So very thankful for a shoe he loves and is comfy in. (Posted on 11/21/15)
Awesome Review by Micah (age 10)
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I think they're very comfy and good, whether you're wearing socks or no socks. (Posted on 11/20/15)
Comfortable and well made Review by Vavoa( grandma in Portuguese)
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As always soft star rambler comfortable, well made, adorable, perfect fit. Both grandsons and myself wore soft stars to Disney world, fellow travelers at the resort commented on these and couldn't believe how our feet were in such great shape after the long days and walking in Disney with these minimilist shoes. No blisters or sore feet for us.Had to tell them about soft star shoes and the benefit to both adult and childrens feet. (Posted on 11/12/15)
Extra wide custom shoes, easy with Soft Star Review by Krissy
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We have been ordering from Soft Star shoes for many years now. The shoes are always beautiful and so comfortable for my little boy. (Posted on 11/11/15)
Love It! Review by Chicago Joan
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We love the shoes! I always go the custom route to make sure we get the sheepskin lining. I wish it was a standard option. (Posted on 11/9/15)
Awesome quality super pleased Review by Xman
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Both of my children have custom ramblers. They love them! With a sensory child this is so important. The fit is great. The elves were so helpful seeing as I had never ordered before I wasn't sure how to make the best fit. We had to return the shoes a couple of times but are so pleased with the end result they were worth the wait. Highly recommend. (Posted on 10/20/15)
Great Review by Peter
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My kids love these. I always get the wide version so their feet will not be constrained. Just make sure you get the rugged soles, because the regular soles have exposed stitches on the bottom that your kids will wear through in a matter of weeks. With the sheepskin innersoles, these are comfortable from fall to spring. They are not very waterproof and take a few days to dry out once wet, so if there are large puddles then I have them wear rubber boots. I have bought Soft Star Shoes for myself, my wife, and my three kids for the past five years or so and never regretted a single pair.

Note from Soft Star Shoes: Thanks Peter! It is true that some children do wear through the standard soles and must get the thicker rugged soles for durability. Our customer experience over the years via phone, email and direct retail shows us about 5% of kids need the rugged sole - particularly as they move into the larger sizes, but the majority of our customers get great durability on the lighter-weight, standard soles. We suggest starting with the standard soles as they are the most flexible and economical option. (Posted on 10/4/15)
Excellent Service Review by Grandma
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My grandson's family is on an extended trip and I wanted to give the Ramblers as a birthday gift. I called the elves on aTues. morning, explained the situation and expected to have the shoes sent to me. They were made and shipped that very day and on my grandson's feet by Fri. Thank you elves! (Posted on 9/1/15)
Love these perfect shoes Review by Crazy foot health lady
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This is our second pair of child ramblers and our 7th pair of soft star shoes as a family. Our daughter wore these shoes all last spring and then all last fall. This year they are too small, so we are back for another pair. They are cute, easy to put on (at almost three she can put them on herself), rugged (last year's pair still look like new), and most importantly, they are excellent for her natural foot development. I love that I was able to do a DYO of wild colors without having to worry about returning. The pair we got this year were a little on the small side, so we wanted to go with the bigger size. No problem and the return was easy peasy. When I made the exchange, I decided that I'd prefer to order the shoes with the off-menu, non-returnable "soft touch" soles that are available if you call and place your order with one of the elves. The soft touch soles are extremely thin and flexible and provide the best possible groundfeel with rubber soles. However, if you make this change to the sole, they are no longer returnable, so you would want to be 100% sure about the sizing first (might make sense to order a couple of pairs off the rack in order to get a sense of the sizing). The elves were very straightforward with me that the soft-touch soles wear out more quickly, are not as durable, and also wouldn't be returnable. But I was very happy with my child's DYO sandals that I got last year with the special ordered soft-touch sole, so I had no reservation about pulling the trigger, especially since I was positive about the sizing. Love being able to pick the colors. Worth the extra money for my daughter to feel like she "designed" them herself. People love them and are always commenting.
Some reviewers comment about the ridge all the way around the shoe. This was a bit of an issue last year when my daughter was about to be two, but now she is a smooth operator and has no problems tripping over the ridge. Thank you for making these shoes! LOVE!!!! (Posted on 4/29/15)
Perfect Shoes Review by KD
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My child has sensory issues and hates wearing any kind of footwear. After wasting huge sums of money on other shoes that would just sit in the closet, I discovered the Soft Star Rambler. Not only will my child wear these for an entire day, but she actually WANTS to wear them (in her words, this is the greatest shoe ever!). Not only did you make my child happy, but you made this mother ecstatic as I no longer have to fight to get shoes on my daughter's feet! (Posted on 3/11/15)
Great quility and very durible! Review by barefeetwildhearts
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I purchased these for my son a year ago, as he needed winter shoes, They held up well, and still look new except for being molded to my son's feet. Recently he decided to go puddle jumping with his friends in the corner of their vegetable garden. All 3 kids were absolutely covered in mud and dirty water, and guess what my son had happened to be wearing? That's right, his Soft Star Ramblers. The were muddy inside and out, and totally wet. I took them home, and first washed them out in the sink, inside and out, I filled them with water and scrubbed the inside over and over again until the water came out clear. I rinsed all the mud off the outside and squeezed them out. Then I dunked them in the water/detergent mixture that I was soaking the rest of his clothes in, and squeezed them out again, then stuffed them with scrub rags and put them in front of the fire to dry. It took about 4 days for them to fully dry, and initially they were ever so slightly stiff, and held the shape of the rags they had been stuffed with, but after being worn a time or two, the are back to being super soft. The best thing? They STILL LOOK NEW! Conventional shoes would have been ruined, or at least would have looked very old, but not the soft stars! They are barefoot friendly and farm tough! (Posted on 11/3/14)
favourite! Review by Oem 3isaa
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My 2 year old, my 4 year old, and my 7 year old wear these great shoes! They are very easy for them to put on and off. (Posted on 10/29/14)
Best childrens shoe we've found Review by Tara
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I purchased these for my daughter shortly before her second birthday and she wore them until they were too small. Now my almost 2 year old son has been in them for months. My kids are not gentle on shoes, and these go where they go--sandbox, mud puddles, chicken pen--you name it. I am astounded how well these have held up. They are simply a beautiful, comfortable well-loved product(both my kids loved the moon & star motif). Hands (or maybe feet)down one of the best children's shoes out there. Worth every penny. (Posted on 6/1/14)
Best Shoe for Campers Review by Tru Dog
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We have done many DIY Ramblers for our kids. They are the BEST shoe for camping! Easy on and off and no socks needed with sheepskin lining! (Posted on 11/7/12)
Wonderful kid shoes Review by erika
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My boy has worn Ramblers for 4 yrs now. He just rec'd his new pair in the next size. These are my favorite pair yet, as we had the option to purchase a grippy sole (New Flex) for additional cost. He also chose dark purple and chocolate brown and they are super cute. This style is super easy for them to take off/on which is a huge bonus. (Posted on 10/18/12)

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Unsure about your size? Our printable guides will help you find the best fit for your feet! Just print the guide for the appropriate age group below and follow the instructions on the page (if you don't have access to a printer then click here or 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. 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.

     


Baby and Child Sizing Chart

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

 

 

Youth Sizing Chart

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

 

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:

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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 felxible 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) or Laces*.

Elastic (slip-on).

Vecro or Laces*.

Strap with buckle.

Elastic (slip-on), Velcro or Laces*.

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. Laces or Velcro closure are recommended to allow most ankle room.

YES! Wide width options are available. This shoe's open front and adjustable strap allow this shoe to easily accommodate large or tall insteps.

Wide width option with laces or Velcro work 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