Adult DASH RunAmoc - Smooth Black

Meet your new favorite shoe! Between the thin, zero-drop Vibram sole for amazing proprioception and the super-soft, premium quality leather for a glove-like fit, sporting the Dash RunAmoc is basically like being barefoot, but with super powers!

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Finally, a shoe you can slip on, lace-up...and forget about! From the streets to the trails, work meetings to the Leadville 100, these super soft, ridiculously flexible minimal shoes let you move lightly, strongly, and responsively through your daily journeys, no matter where they may take you. Available with two VibramTM sole options to let you choose your own adventure, your classic Black Dash RunAmocs will quickly become your new favorite mode of transportation!    

  • Made with Premium, responsibly-sourced leathers
  • Choose your VibramTM rubber sole: 5mm Trail sole or 2mm Street sole
  • Zero drop sole between toe and heel
  • Spacious toe box allows feet to stretch comfortably
  • Can be worn with or without socks
  • Made in USA: designed and handcrafted in Oregon using US-sourced materials

Customer Reviews

So comfortable! Review by Ann
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Amazing quality shoes! I'm so happy with my Soft Stars, they are warm and dry and soft, the perfect everyday shoe for me. I've worn them hiking in very light snow and rain, so far they have stayed warm and dry the whole time. Feels like being barefoot, without all the thorns and gravel. Once i have the funds I intend to buy more pairs to keep around. (Posted on 2/20/17)
soft Review by Natali
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these shoes are very good for most purposes. I am glad they are being made, very hard to find these. only drawback is that its less suitable for a child who plays rough games outside, as there is no protection of the toe area which in our case resulted in a torn front. (Posted on 2/12/17)
top quality shoe Review by kc
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Buy 1 or two pairs of DASH RunAmocs a year, they are all I wear. The rest of my family enjoys a little more of the elves variety ;-) Fell in love with them while training for my first and only marathon at age 54. (Posted on 2/10/17)
Awesome Review by Amy
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These are awesome shoes, very well made, comfortable and look pretty normal at work under my casual cords or jeans. I'm still, apparently, transitioning to minimal shoes, (5 months in) because my feet are stiff and sore for the first 15-20 steps each morning. But I long for the day I can walk miles in these. (Posted on 2/7/17)
My favorite shoes! Review by Erica
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I bought my Dash Runamocs 3 years ago, from the yearly sale, along with a pair of Metro Merry Janes. I've worn nothing but these 2 pairs of shoes (and occasionally the Ballerines). I worked in retail for one of those years, and for a university for the past 2 years. The trail sole on the Dash shoes is wearing the tread off, but still no holes. My feet are between sizes and narrow, and these are actually too big, but since they lace up, nobody notices. I've lost some weight since last summer and my next pair will either be a size down or narrow. I just love these shoes! (Posted on 1/24/17)
LOVE these shoes Review by Jocelyn
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I have been a lover of Soft Star since I got their chukkas a while back. This is my third pair (I also have the ballerines, which hurt me terribly in the heel) and possibly my favorite. I wear them for running and, increasingly, just getting around. My only problem, and this one is on me: I I think I should have sized down for the run amoks. I have a size 7 in the chukkas, which is quite roomy for me (I'm normally a women's 8), but I always wear them with socks that take up the extra space. I think the chukkas have also shrunk a bit to fit my feet more perfectly after wearing them through rain and snow. The run amoks I like to wear barefoot. I've been wearing them out in the rain to get them to shrink a little, but the leather is so glorious the water just runs off them. For those of you with scrawny feet like mine: do a better job than I did about figuring out your size! These shoes are extremely roomy in both the toe and heel. I continue to wear them because I love them despite my feet flopping around a bit inside. That's how awesome these shoes are. (Posted on 1/20/17)
My new favorite shoe! Review by Leanne
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WOW! I can not say enough about the comfort of this shoe. I own ballerines, and chukkas, and just when I thought Soft Star could not get better, I try this! I ordered the 2mm street sole and I feel barefoot. My toes are not cramped at all and have all the wiggle room they need. I also love the new flint color. I had some problems working out sizing on this shoe as my foot is really low volume and barely touched the size 8U. After 3 or 4 I finally got the perfect size in a 7.5. I had no idea that soft star could make half sizes! I will order many more of these in many colors. I also found that the sheepskin insert helps take up the room from my low volume foot. Thank you soft star! I appreciate you being so customer service oriented and allowing me to try multiple sizes. I am a life long customer, as well as my husband and kids. These look really cute with jeggings too! (Posted on 1/11/17)
comfortable and good fit! Review by chanita
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these shoes are comfortable and fit great! (Posted on 1/7/17)
Fantastic shoes for variety of uses Review by Patrick
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By way of background I purchased a pair of Run Amoc Dash shoes (all black) in summer 2016 as I wanted something with a completely flat sole to wear at work and have waited to post a review until I have had them for 6 months so that I can give a proper assessment.

Although I felt that the shoes were expensive for what they were (especially factoring in importing them to Europe), the delivery process and customer service was excellent, I received email updates, they arrived quickly and were exactly as advertised.

My first impressions were good, the leather is very soft and clearly of good quality. You can see they they are hand-made with care. I personally found the fit to be true to the template and the area for the forefoot to be just about right in terms of width. The shoes are very light. Visually they are a little shapeless compared to normal office shoes (I work in a commercial law firm where suit and tie is the dress) but in all black they are perfectly acceptable with suit trousers, although I keep a pair of more normal looking shoes under my desk for client meetings.

Initially, for the first day or so, I found the sensation of wearing them slightly strange - largely because of the way the leather lies over your foot instead of being held up by the structure of the shoe in the traditional way. However I very quickly got used to this and found these to be the most comfortable footwear I have ever owned.

I initially purchased these just to wear in the office, but found myself wearing them pretty much all the time - with the exception of sports specific activities and dressier/more formal occasions. Having worn them in all kinds of weather from hot sunshine in Barcelona to frosty days in the UK winter, I would say that they are comfortable year round although I would advise wearing thick socks in winter because the soles are thin (I went for the thickest 5mm vibram, which allows me to feel the ground but gives ample protection from stones/roots and enough cushion that walking on concrete isn't a problem). I suspect that if you live in an area with very cold winters then these are probably not suitable for that season.

The build quality is fantastic, having worn these shoes for 6 months almost every day, there is not a stitch out of place and although the leather has aged as you would expect, it is not worn at all and if anything has just become softer. The sole has worn slightly over the ball of the foot, but this is to be expected and there is enough thickness in the 5mm sole that I'm not concerned at this stage. It's worth noting that I have a dropped metatarsal head on my middle toe, which is why the sole is worn, I suspect that a healthy foot wouldn't cause anywhere near as much wear, as the rest of the sole is still in excellent condition.

I can't recommend these shoes enough - whether for casual wear or for running (which I have also used them for - they wipe clean very easily). I haven't had any issues with smell, although I try to avoid wearing them if it's raining hard, which probably helps. I've been so impressed that I bought a pair for my mum and will almost certainly buy a replacement pair if and when the current pair either wears out entirely or becomes a little too worn to wear at work - which based on current wear I would imagine might happen in a year or so from now, or 18 months from purchase, wearing them daily.

I'm trying to think of downsides to these to give a truly balanced review, but I honestly can't think of anything negative to say with the exception of the lack of waterproofing and the fact that they do look distinctly different from normal shoes, which is not really a negative, but it does mean that you get questions from time to time about them, especially if you choose to wear them in a more formal office environment. (Posted on 1/5/17)
Beautiful Products Review by Grace
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These really are exquisite shoes! However, I returned them because they fit too close over my toes and would stretch to conform which would make noticeable "bumps" in the otherwise smooth toe box. I would prefer a more relaxed slack fit and double leather in the toe box. (Posted on 1/4/17)
Wonderful Anytime Shoe Review by Robert
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I have had my Dash RunAmocs for about 5 weeks they are wonderful anytime shoe. The feel and comfort is amazing,casual or dress, this shoe is a 5 star plus shoe. Thank You SoftStar! (Posted on 1/3/17)
nice looking shoe Review by Skyla
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I liked the look, but when I tried them on, I noticed my heel was slipping too much to wear them, so I returned them. I have tried a few other shoes from soft star shoes and my favorites are Original RunAmoc with leather soles. My advice is if you don't like one style of shoe, try another one. (Posted on 1/2/17)
Shoes... Let's get some shoes Review by Josh
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1) I get compliments and inquiries all the time - "Hey man, what kinda shoes are those? I thought you were like a gymnast or something."

2) Unlike most shoes, these you actually have to take care of. In return, they TEACH you how to move and your feet will thank you. No dragging your heels and no heel strikes! (Posted on 12/29/16)
they are good but there is few but Review by David
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In all they are very good, comfortable and very precise crafted shoes from premium leather. From five star review is there few details which I dislike. The detail how is the sole glued to shoe. The sole is little bit bigger than circuit of shoe and too firmly for barefoot feeling (I have chosen 2 mm street rubber). My second problem is aestethic. I don't like how I see the outline of my feet in the shoe. There are empty spaces and the leather is there saggy. (Posted on 12/28/16)
Perfect Review by mason
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Seriously love these shoes.

I think I prefer the leather sole, but the 2mm vibrams are really close, and i figure they will be about the same after they are good and broke in.

my leather sole pair were still in fairly heavy rotation after 3 years untill the incident...

note: keep out of reach of pups. (Posted on 12/15/16)
inconsisten workmanship in every detail Review by Mitchell
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Five pairs total ordered over time. First pair perfect; Second pair replaced due flaw, new last completely different than first; fourth and fifth pairs ordered together, both seriously flawed.
No two pairs are ever the same.
Buying shoes and clothes over the internet requires consistency in sizing.
It is an embarrassment that even a non-craftsman could not get better at the job.

Note from the Elves: Sorry we could not help you Mitchell. (Posted on 12/9/16)
I may have found my forever shoe! Review by Alice
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I've been looking and looking for over a year for a pair of shoes that would fit my feet and tick all the boxes for minimal footwear. I love my Kigos but they're made of cotton fabric and definitely aren't wearable if it's wet out (I've suffered through a lot of very soggy hikes!). My RunAmocs are possibly the perfect compromise between warmth and protection from the elements and a barefoot feel. When they first arrived the leather was a little tight over the tops of my toes, but this is down to the method of construction and quickly (within a week) stretched out to become comfortable. I love the fact that there is no heel drop, no toe spring, and even though I got the thicker sole it is very flexible while still providing good insulation in cold weather. I ordered the wide shoe in a size larger than recommended and I'm glad I did because regular would definitely have been too narrow (I don't have particularly wide feet). With the wide shoe I'm able to wear thick winter socks and still have enough space. The reasons I gave four stars instead of five are that I would like the last to have been cut ever so slightly wider on the outside edge to give my smaller toes a bit more room (it's a little too pointed), and also I live in the UK and I was liable for customs charges that I had not realised I would have to pay, which with the additional shipping costs added up to make the shoes pretty expensive. However, for a winter barefoot shoe this comes very close to perfection and is definitely orders of magnitude better than any other shoe I've tried (and I've tried a LOT of shoes!). Go for it, you won't be disappointed. (Posted on 11/26/16)
I love these shoes for everything but wet conditions Review by Doug
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I held off on writing this review because I wanted to see if I had any different experiences from the other reviewers. I have a pair of the all black ones with the bullhide soles, and they do show some wear, especially on the soles. However, I would not expect anything different since I wear them all the time.

I do not run in these shoes; I purchased them for everyday casual wear and for work. They may be a little on the casual side for work, but I can usually get away with wearing them with a polo shirt and a pair of khakis. Depending on what kind of shoes you have been wearing, you may need to get shorter pants to prevent them from dragging on the ground! These are true minimalist shoes. They're not dress shoes: they are MUCH more comfortable than that. Mine fit like slippers and the ground feel is amazing.

I believe that the Vibram soles probably wear less quickly than my leather ones. Although I have really become attached to the leather soles, I have finally worn a hole in them under my big toe on both shoes. It has been a few years and I put a lot of stress on them, so, I think that is pretty good. (I have worn holes 3x in my 20-year old formal shoes that I only wear a few times a year)

I have worn these shoes all over the world both with and without socks and can confirm that wearing them in the rain is not the best idea. For one thing, the leather soles on mine get a little slippery. For another, the shoes are not waterproof, nor do I think they are marketed as such.

In addition to walking on cobblestone streets in Europe and trails in the US, I have spent a lot of long hours on my feet wearing these shoes at trade shows (much less exciting!), and I swear that I feel less fatigued at the end of the day than when I am wearing any other shoes. I am looking at getting another pair, although a little patch has been working for now. (Posted on 11/15/16)
Best Purchase I've Made in Years! Review by Jenny
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I have been struggling with bad foot pain, compartment syndrome in one leg, and hip pain for years. I finally got to the point that my foot was bothering me so much that I was constantly taking off my shoes and going barefoot even at work, which is not smiled upon. About this time, I discovered the minimalist footwear movement and found great reviews about SoftStar shoes so I decided to buy these shoes in the hopes that I could get some relief from all this pain.
I can't believe how much better I feel already after only wearing these shoes for about 4 weeks. I have minimal foot pain and the pain from the compartment syndrome has gone down significantly. I feel like my body is actually self healing! I can't say enough good things about these shoes. I love them so much that I have already bought two other pairs of SoftStar shoes which I equally love. Thank you SoftStar! (Posted on 11/15/16)
The best shoes I have ever had In my entire life. Review by Al
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These, quite simply are the best shoes I have ever had in my life.

Every other shoe I have worn has given me foot, knee and back pain. But these shoes are so comfortable I sometimes do not want to take them off. And with a sheepskin insert these shoes are like wearing warm clouds on your feet.

Even after hours of hiking, I do not feel like taking them off. They are that good.

I also love the fact that I can feel the ground intimately, and that my toes can splay out as wide as needed. These are the ONLY shoe I wear, whether working, walking, hiking or running.

These are a very thin shoe, a moccasin, not a steel toed boot, so if you drop something on your toes, you will feel it. I wear these in my workshop anyway though. It is worth the occasional banged up toe. With thin shoes you do have to be extra careful not to smash your little piggies.

The only downside of these shoes is that the smooth sole does not grip on ice or mud, wet smooth tiles, or playground slides.(Yes, I am 40 and I still climb up playground slides with my son.) You can't have everything.

The smooth sole does grip very well on every other surface though.

Oh yes, and with the elastic laces...they are a lazy man's dream. They slip on, stay secure even when sprinting through rough country, and slip off.

I am a 10.5 the 10 fit me well and is looser now after a year than it was when I bought it. The leather will stretch over time. So if you want a snug fit like a sock, you may need to size down. I also have very wide feet , and no other shoe is as wide, with a perfect wide toe box like these shoes.

I cannot recommend this shoe enough. (Posted on 11/14/16)
Expect wet feet if it rains Review by Ulysses
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Supremely comfortable when dry out. If it rains, like it did for 3 days on my honeymoon in Italy, you will be very unhappy when your feet are soaked from the bottom up. Had to buy another pair of way less comfortable boots in Italy just to keep my feet dry.

Also, the shoes cost around $25 more than 4 years ago yet are missing features like the reflective pull-tabs on the earlier shoe.

Still love that they're handmade in USA, with cheerful and fast service.

Note from the Elves: Thanks Ulysses and congrats on your honeymoon! We still do offer reflective tabs on the custom shoes, but removed them from stock shoes as the majority of our customer overwhelmingly asked us to leave them off for more versatility as a cross-over work shoe. (Posted on 11/12/16)
Wonderfully Comfortable Review by Franklin
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I use these shoes as frequent daily wear, as opposed to running. The shoes fit well and work with many styles of dress. The elves were extremely helpful in determining the appropriate size, as I have large narrow feet. (Posted on 11/12/16)
what i have been waiting for! Review by chris
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long a lover of comfort, only the past couple of years into zero drop. lots of barefootin' but found i needed some cushioning against harsh surfaces for my bony, late 50's feet.

started with oesh and loved them. but as i have evolved my relationship to my feet and the ground, i wanted to explore more options...katy bowman's shoe advice led me to try a number of barefooty shoes.

soft star is my absolute favorite. i have dashes with the 5mm sole, as well as the leather sole. for my spread-out yet low volume feet, the laces are a must...i can't use the moccasins - too sloppy. i am beguiled by the custom colors...

now when i put my old altra or oesh shoes back on, i feel cut off from my fuller reality. in touch with all surfaces,my feet have gotten stronger and more able. i am thrilled with your shoes! (Posted on 11/4/16)
My fav Review by Patricia
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Love these shoes. Very comfortable and I need more than one pair. (Posted on 11/3/16)
Disappointing Review by Sja133
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I hardly ever write reviews but really feel like I need to comment on these shoes. I have transitioned to shoes over the last year that have a wide toe box so my toes are not cramped up. Even though the footprint/sole of these shoes seems like there should be a lot of room for the size of my feet, the leather over the toes is pulled so tight that my toes can't spread and the top of my toes get red when I wear them--and I can only wear them with no socks. I thought the leather might stretch and I have stuffed the toes but they don't seem to stretch at all. I watched the video and used the sizing guide (checking with a ruler first). I bought size 7 (I usually wear a 7.5 in dress shoes and an 8 in runners so I thought this size would work). A lot of money for an unwearable pair of shoes. (Posted on 10/26/16)
Strong trail shoe!!!!!!!!!!!!! Review by Pedro
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These shoes look like pretty dainty shoes, but they are as tough as any minimalist shoe I have worn. I put my Dash RunAmocs to the test. I wore them backpacking into the Havasupai Reservation 10 miles each way with a full pack and tent on my back. They hung strong without a single blister. I am an avid wearer of minimalist shoes. I've worn the Merrells barefoot shoes, the VIbram toe shoes, and I have a pair of semi-formal minimalist Timberlands that I adore, but I wouldn't wear any of those on the steep switchbacks into Supai Village. These shoes rock.
(Posted on 10/19/16)
Unreal Review by Crowe
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I had serious foot problems with my arch and heel. I was looking at 6 months in a medical boot or even surgery. I started wearing the dash and after the first couple days all foot pain is gone.. I have since purchased shoes for my wife and 2 kids as well as another pair for my self. Only shoe I will wear from now on. (Posted on 10/17/16)
Love these so much! Review by Kari
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The only shoe I've ever worn that was actually wide enough for my feet, I can feel my toes spreading out happily when I wear them. Light, comfortable, good ground feel, and lace securely to my feet. This is my favorite shoe for walking distances or sprinting. (Posted on 10/12/16)
Great shoes, great service Review by LC
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I bought these shoes with the 5mm trail sole, and had the issue with the sole coming loose too. When I asked how to get this fixed locally as I live overseas, I immediately got offered an exchange pair.

The shoes really are as comfy as everyone seems to suggest - I sized down and bought a narrow so they were quite tight at first which wasn't bad, but after wearing for some time they stretched and now they feel as good as wearing no shoes at all.

I find them most comfy without socks, after some months of almost exclusively wearing these shoes they keep smelling like leather, nothing else.

These shoes will be my only pair when I go traveling for about 2 months (plus a pair of barefoot sandals for showers / beach use).

The 5 mm sole does feel quite thick, as it's glued to the shoe (so total thickness is more than 5 mm I guess), I found these very comfy during (short) hikes on rocky trails and in the woods, I am considering getting a pair with 2 mm soles for use in the city for a more barefoot feel.

I live in Holland so buying these shoes costs me a lot more than just the retail price, as shipping, local taxes & local handling fees add up quickly, but still I wish I bought them sooner. I've exchanged my first pair for a smaller size, the exchange pair was marked an exchange pair so no more taxes - same for the replacement pair.

Perfect service! (Posted on 10/2/16)
Improvements needed Review by Blomman
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DashRunAmocs feel fine, but the sole on toes started separating from the shoe very soon, after few weeks on normal street use. None of my shoes has ever done that, so you must use a very bad glue. I noticed that many customers gave the same feedback. Should you draw a conclusion? Better glue or stitches would solve the problem. I also don' t understand why you make Chukkas with such a thick sole. It's not a barefoot shoe anymore. I can buy cheaper leathershoes with that thick sole from any shoe store, so you give me no reason to buy Chukkas. I want Chukkas with thin sole, 2-5 mm. Otherwise it makes no sense buying them because the price is insane. With these improvements I' ll be your customer forever. (Posted on 9/26/16)
just what i was looking for! Review by comfortme
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long years of devotion to comfort have led my 59 year old feet through many modes of transport. i never traveled the path of deforming my feet with pointy shoes or high heels. i landed in many comfy shoes but never have i found a covered shoe that so allows me to enjoy my primate heritage! i am not a runner yet i do dance about...i love to go barefoot but i have found i require some protection from the hard surfaces of life...just enough. i still want to feel where i am going, to flex and grip my toes. i am so happy to have the space and freedom to enjoy my feet. and i think these shoes are good looking. my big feet look smaller, though i try not to care! (Posted on 9/11/16)
Most comfy shoes I own Review by Devon
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I’ve had these (in black) since November 2014 and let me tell you - they’re the best shoes I own. When I got them they were tight - comfy, but my toe outline showed through the top of the leather at the front of the shoe. Months of wearing them stretched this leather out and now you barely see the tip of my big toe.

These shoes are so comfortable! The combo of thin but soft insole and the 2mm Vibram sole is my favorite to date. I have super wide feet, and these fit perfectly. They really shape themselves to your feet and become a second skin. The day they finally wear out I will most likely cry. I feel like part of my soul is in these shoes. They are the shape of my feet, and we’ve been through a lot together. A fantastic investment! (Posted on 4/1/16)
DYO Adult Original RunAmoc - Good but odd Review by flatliner
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Month 11 has ended re: my test of wearing the "original" RunAmoc shoes. After 16 years of wearing orthotics, I jumped into minimalistic shoes. Thank you, it's great. This shoe has attracted a lot of attention. Others think i'm going to the surgery room in my scrubs. Others say it's "nice." Originally it hurt until I learned to walk flat. The laces also felt like they were choking my ankle. Anyways, no problems after a few weeks. Unfortunately the seam has finally torn on the front big toe of my left shoe. Time for a new one. BUT, the sole is still thick(too thick). I will go to the 2mm street style this time. What's cool is you can see your footprint on the bottom of your soles. These are rather rain-resistant, but yeah your front toes will get moist in wetness. They are great in cold weather, but in the summer they can be a bit warm while I'm waiting for the bus stop. Biggest, BIGGEST problem...I get rocks/dry debris in there because it's a moccasin. I wanted to upgrade to the Hawthorne chukka, but that's a 12mm total sole! I wanted it in case I had to go back to my security job, so that's a letdown. ANOTHER thing....is there a way you could custom-insert a metal piece WITHIN certain points of the sole for EARTHING! Also it took at least 6 months before I noticed wear on the sole. I only have wear in spots related to the footprint. Whoosh. that was a lot to say. Oh yeah, the 14U wide was good for my flat footed wide (size 13 feet). I WONDER if it can fit the toe spreader thingies. (Posted on 3/27/16)
Amazing! Review by Jnut
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My older sister got a pair of these shoes and got me hooked. She described them as the most comfortable shoe she had ever worn, and how the quality was so good, ect ect. I had to try for myself, especially after looking at all of the reviews it already has on this site.

Leather is real quality, as well as the craftsmanship. I was skeptical about them feeling comfortable because I usually wear thick soled shoes, but this is freeing~ lightweight and gentle to the feet.

When I put in my order for the 8U I put in the notes what I felt like my true size is(9.5 slim) so I'd switch size based on recommedation, and the elves took care of me by changing the order to 9U~ and they are perfect for me :)

Thanks so much! (Posted on 3/2/16)
I never want to take them off!! Review by Maria
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I was a bit suspicious about what to expect with the fit and style. Fear no more! The shoes by far, are the most comfortable and versatile I've experienced. I wear a light wool sock and it's just perfect. Thank you for providing a well made shoe. I hope to have many more feet adventures! (Posted on 2/25/16)
Good when they fit, but inconsistent sizing Review by Rhys
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My first pair of these were fantastic from day 1. Unfortunately they're 3 years old now and have a hole worn through them. I've ordered 2 pairs since then, and each pair seems to be made more form fitting than the last, to the point that I had to return the most recent one for a bigger size at my own expense. I'm nearly 30 so it's not like my feet have grown, and my second pair are over 2 years old now and still haven't stretched to be as comfortable as the first so that's not the issue either. The soles have all been the same size but it seems like they've taken leather out of the toe area, making it tighter.

If you can get a pair that fits they're really good shoes though. Not great for wearing during/after rain or for standing on hard floors for an extended period of time, but the most comfortable thing for walking or wearing to the office that I've ever found. The soles do start lifting away from the uppers a little bit after a few months but it doesn't seem to cause any problems in terms of functionality.

Note from Soft Star: Thanks Rhys for your review! You are correct that we did a sizing change to our patterns back in 2013 between the time you ordered your first pair and your second in order to make the sizing graduation the same from size to size and make the fit more consistent across all sizes and widths - and while the length in your case did not change, the shape of the sole and how the upper fit did change - which is what you noticed. We hope that the new, bigger pair you recently got is working well for you - please let us know if not and how we can help you. Thanks!. (Posted on 2/12/16)
Love, love these shoes!!! Review by Robin
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The Elves did an excellent job! These are exactly what I was looking for in a shoe. Fit perfectly the first time I put them on and just seemed to be getting more comfortable every time I wear them. (Posted on 2/10/16)
The best shoe! Review by B.
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What makes RunAmoc dashes the best?

1.) The wide, flat, flexible sole with no interior arch support, no toe spring, no extra heel material. It let's your foot hit where it needs to and maneuver naturally (as is evidenced by the foot-shaped pattern of worn-out tread that eventually appears on the sole. Try finding this on conventional shoes--you can't!). At first, it may seem like the sole material under your arch is pointless since it's not being touched by your foot (the treads don't get worn out), but as soon as a shoe maker takes this material away, the resultant shoe shape starts to manipulate your foot position/strike. Also, inflexible sole materials manipulate your foot strike.

2.) The wide toe box. It lets your toes spread out and function normally. It's the only truly comfortable and healthy option for toe boxes, in my opinion.

3.) The soft, pliable leather uppers. The material doesn't constrict or rub your foot. It stretches to maximize comfort over time.

(Posted on 1/21/16)
Best minimalist shoes out there Review by Organical
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I've tried nearly every brand of minimalist shoe out there, and the RunAmoc dashes are by far the best in my opinion--by that, I mean they're the closest thing to being barefoot I've ever found, and they provide the protection you need from sharp things and extreme temperatures without any of the unnecessary and damaging-to-your-foot design features that all other shoe brands seem to cling to (even the minimalist brands).

I wear RunAmoc dashes for all of my hiking, running, or general walking activities, so they get used every day, year round, in all conditions, in all terrains.

For summer (dry conditions), I wear these in wide with the street soles—this version feels the best to me. In wet conditions, I wear wides with the trail soles because they're far less slippery. You lose some ground feel, but it's worth not breaking yourself with a bad fall.

In winter, I go up one size, still wides with the trail sole, and I wear one or two pairs of thick wool socks. I wear them for my daily outdoor adventures, and as long as the treads are in good shape, there are no traction problems at all. I've never felt the need to wear winter-specific shoes for hiking/running after buying these.

I've backpacked parts of the Appalachian Trail, trails in Colorado, trails in Hawaii, etc. and have never had any problems wearing only my RunAmocs (wide, regular size, trail sole, with socks). I couldn't ask for a better shoe. No comfort or functional problems whatsoever. No blisters, no purple toenails, no "support issues," nothing. Plus they're lightweight. Hiking boots just seem silly to me now.

The only downside is that RunAmocs aren't water resistant at all, really. Your feet will be soaked if conditions are wet. It's annoying, but I've given up caring because every other aspect is so amazing. You do have to let them dry overnight or it's bad news bears as far as smells go.

Also, if you're new to minimalist shoes, it might be helpful to know that I experienced a long, mildly painful break-in period after I started wearing these shoes all the time. But I finally adjusted, and I'm so glad I didn't give up.

Also a downside-- RunAmocs are not exactly stylish-looking. Oh well. They're still totally worth it. I don't think I can wear any other brand of shoe again! (Posted on 1/21/16)
Nice while they last... Review by PT
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I bought a pair of these last winter and was very happy with them until the soles began separating from the shoes. Granted, I run almost entirely on unimproved trails, lots of mud and water crossings, but they only lasted a couple months. I would love to see y'all offer a running shoe with stitchdown construction. Maybe a Roo with a beefy sole? (Posted on 1/14/16)
Most comfortable shoes I ever had. Review by AMB
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These SoftStar DASH RunAmoc shoes are the most comfortable shoes I have ever owned. They feel absolutely heavenly on my feet. I wear them everywhere, indoors and out year round. I got my first 2 pairs 3 years ago and recently purchased 3 more pairs. I am not a runner but I love to take long walks in them. My shoes all have the 2mm street sole because I like to feel the ground as I walk. It's like getting your soles massaged. I highly recommend these shoes. (Posted on 12/23/15)
comfortable shoes Review by rd224
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Very comfortable shoes, and I got the tough leather sole. Good for me for walking on concrete as the leather has some cushioning. What I do to the shoe is oil it to preserve it. But the way I did it was the old Indian method. Took 4 or 5 egg yolks (no whites), in slightly warm water and whisked for a good while to make an emulsion, and then I twisted and squeezed and churned the shoe in the water for about ten minutes to absorb the very fine oil, then let dry. When dry completely, in the Indian method was to put a few coals in a cast iron skillet, and then lay some rotten punky wood that I found in the woods. It just smokes lightly with no heat, and kept the shoes hanging in the grill on the left side, with the coals on the right, and let it smoke. This way, when the shoe gets wet, a quick stretch and it stays soft (I got the suede leather). And if you're careful you can lightly oil the suede and with this method doesn't ruin the look of it, and I oil the bullhide sole, and with the oil it makes the sole soft and springy for concrete. (Posted on 12/12/15)
Most Comfortable Shoes I Own Review by Arcole
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I own 8 pairs of SoftStars and two pairs of Sockwas and all of them are 500% more comfortable than the traditional shoes I wore before my barefoot conversion a few years ago. I don't run but my foot and leg pain has vanished and I will never wear heels again! I got the Dash RunAmocs in smooth black to be a sort of loafer for work. They are also probably the most comfortable of all my shoes. The sole is slightly thicker than the Moccassins or the Sockwas, plus they have a laced-up, more traditional look than those others. But I do have to admit that for a woman's shoe they are pretty homely! When I want to dress it up a notch, I'll wear my Ballerines or my pretty SoftStar Sandals, but when I am in black pants and just want to be comfortable, I wear my Dash RunAmocs. Also, they are better for cooler weather over the more ventilated type shoes. The thicker soles mean I can walk over gravel without saying "Ow ow ow" every step. All my SoftStars are holding up very well with lots of wear over the past few years. I love their shoes! (Posted on 12/1/15)
Fabulous Review by softstaraddict
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I bought these in the fall and have worn them daily since. After a short break in period they stretched and my wide-ish foot is very happy. Once it turned cold i put some sheepskin insoles in them and am amazed at how warm they keep my feet. I opted for the 5mm sole and am happy with the ground feel. I wore them for a hike in the snow this weekend with wool socks and my toes stayed warm and i had great traction! My first pair of minimal shoes and I am hooked. (Posted on 11/30/15)
Very good shoes Review by Nikola
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I bought these shoes because I needed a pair of minimalist shoes I can wear in the office, these shoes fulfill that purpose perfectly. They look good, they are comfortable and I can wear them at work. (Posted on 11/9/15)
Super Excited Review by Allisa
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My husband bought me a pair for my birthday and I'm so excited to wear them. They fit perfectly when I tried them on and I know we are both going to be long term customers. (Posted on 10/18/15)
yes Review by polly
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Soft Star Shoes, the purveyor of things sweet! (Posted on 8/29/15)
Excelente calzado! Review by Rebeca
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El servicio de esta compañía es profesional, amable y muy honesto. Los zapatos son muy cómodos, fieles a la experiencia de andar descalza. Desde que los recibí, son mis zapatos favoritos! Muchas gracias a los Duendes!!!

Translation: The service of this company is professional, friendly and very honest. The shoes are very comfortable, true to the experience of walking barefoot. Since I received them, they are my favorite shoes! Thank you very much to the Elves !!! (You're Welcome Rebeca - De nada!!) (Posted on 8/13/15)
Awesome Review by Kevin
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Since I started wearing these and running in them my back issues have disappeared. These are the best shoes I have ever owned.

Thank you guys so much for making such a great product. (Posted on 7/20/15)
Superb, very happy! Review by Keshava
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I got my pair as a gift, and initially the size wasn't quite right for my foot, as usually my feet are so wide I have to run a size larger. When I returned the shoe and requested a different size they sent me a new shoe in a timely manner and I am beyond happy now that I have the size that actually fits! The shoe is very comfortable, allows for an enormous amount of feedback from the ground, which I love; its elegant and unique, I've gotten quite a few compliments on them; and they're my favorite shoe to train in as well. As a powerlifter and fitness enthusiast these are fantastic for everything from squatting/deadlifting to running.

Additionally they don't smell after a long day, if anything my foot only smells like leather after a long day.

Best shoe I've ever had. (Posted on 7/6/15)
Durable, comfortable and great for my feet Review by Joseph
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My RunAmocs have lasted for 2.5 years through everyday usage. I was not sure what to expect, but now I know. They are comfortable and great for my feet, which also means they are great for my overall skeletal-musculo structure. In other words, they are good for my legs, back and posture. My feet are wide and it is difficult to find shoes that fit. It takes a shoe like these or something more custom, which do exist, to fit correctly. Since these have little structure they conform to one's feet, and are very capable and durable. Importantly, they allow one's feet to condition and support the body in a natural way.

For the fun of it, my next pair is the Dash. The only problem there is the sizing is different from the RunAmoc so it is recommended to speak with one of the Elves. Not sure why the sizing variation rather than standard sizing, it should be reorganized and consistent. However, this does not take away from the fact that Soft Star Shoes are an excellent choice. (Posted on 6/2/15)
Comfortable but not for rainy weather Review by Peter
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These shoes make you feel like you are walking on clouds (at least with the sheepskin innersoles), but they have one fatal flaw. They allow water to seep in between where the sole joins the leather upper. I own two pairs of this model (one in black, one in chocolate), and they both share this flaw, so I assume the flaw is inherent to the design. Any time you step in a puddle deeper than 7 mm thick, the shoes will start to soak up water like a sponge and your feet will be wet. This makes these shoes a bad bet for anyone who lives somewhere where it rains from time to time. I hope Soft Star chooses to publish this review, because I really love their shoes but I want everyone to know their limitations as well.

Note from Elves: Thanks Peter for your excellent review and taking time to share. You are absolutely correct, these are not terrific puddle stompers and this is a good point to share with others. They are made with soft leather uppers which will soak up water eventually when you step in a puddle deeper than the sole. You can apply water proofing / seam sealing chemicals to improve this, but inherently they are not designed as for puddles. The leather is water resistant and fine with rain - but not deeper standing water. (Posted on 5/20/15)
Excellent with Tough Leather sole Review by Adam
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This is my 2nd pair of Dash (first has 2 mil vibram sole) and these may be even more comfortable than the first. Have only used them in dry conditions so far but they seem to have more traction than the rubber soled version and better ground feel. Am already thinking of another pair ... (Posted on 4/28/15)
Not good for toes Review by Evan
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I initially really liked these before I was aware of the design flaw, they were great for mountain hiking/running and going for long walks, and I could clean them off and they might be passable for dress shoes.

However, after a few weeks of regular use I noticed my big toes were getting cramped, and seemed to be getting compressed against the outer edge of the shoe. I then looked closely and found that the toe box of these are tapered on the inner side where the hallux rests, compromising toe alignment. It even seems like my big toes now point in slightly more than they used to before I wore the RunAmoc Dash, so I stopped using them for fear of getting bunions.

I am sadly disappointed that a company that promotes foot health and barefoot lifestyle would overlook this... These would have been great shoes if they had no big toe tapering and allowed the toes to spread freely- like Lems. From now on I will stick to wearing Lems and Vibram Fivetoes, and try to straighten out my toes with their correct toes and yoga toe spacers.

*Note: I don't have wide feet, and the RunAmoc Dash would definitely be too loose to wear in a wide size, only problem is the lack of space by the big toe in these shoes.

Note from Elves: Thanks Evan for your feedback and sorry they did not work for your feet. We have put considerable effort in designing our sole shape to be as healthy and naturally shaped as possible, and this is atypical feedback on Dash sole design. If you would like to send us a tracing of your foot, we could do further assessment to understand how we can make your toes happy. (Posted on 4/19/15)
Love the Dash! Review by KMcB
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I love love love this shoe. Fit perfectly out of the box both with socks and without. Wear these to work when I am not wearing my Ballerines. (Posted on 4/14/15)
5+ Stars! Review by BH
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This Shoe Will Carry You Around All Day. No More Carrying Your Shoes Around. All Day Every Day Shoe. (Posted on 4/1/15)
Just great Review by Yoshi
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I've been looking for barefoot running shoes that can be worn at business scenes for ages, and at last found one!

<note for Japanese>
As we Japanese are known to have wide width feet, I ordered "Wide Width", but that was not necessary. Just order "Normal Width", my countrymen.
But that being said, "Wide Width " have their own charms. At first glance they look like Micky Mouse shoes (i.e. too wide and thus too awkward for business) but they are really "wide" which makes them so so comfortable to wear. And once you get use to them, you'll start believing they are actually quite smart!
I've now been wearing them for about a month and no one around me seem to think they are unsuitable for business.
So all in all, it seems my choice of "Wide Width" wasn't such a bad one.
I hope my review would be some help.. (Posted on 3/30/15)
AMAZING SHOES! Review by afrosalsero
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my first pair of RunAmocs sported vibram 2mm soles. though i do very little running,i have put a lot of walking miles on them and they have allowed my OLDER feet to strengthen remarkably! i decided to try the shoe with a leather sole. this sole has afforded me a little more comfort than the vibram! though i walk trails on ridges, i rarely encounter wet conditions,and have had NO problem with traction! thank you for the GREAT concept and GREAT execution!!! i try to spend the majority of my time in these and other shoes from your product line! i am VERY happy! THANK YOU! (Posted on 3/25/15)
Only comfortable shoes Review by DuckFoot
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I've got rather small, duck-shaped feet and these are the only closed-toed shoes I've ever found that don't either rub the skin off my heels or make my toes hurt. My first pair is about two years old now and has accounted for probably 65% of my shoe wearing since I got them. After about a year they started looking a bit rough but even now they still get the job done. The only running I do is if I'm about to miss the bus so I can't say how they are for that, but they're fantastic for walking and daily wear, and survived a week at archaeology field school last summer.
Only real problem I've had with them is that they leak like a sieve. Even just walking on wet grass water soaks through. I've got another pair where this hasn't been quite so noticeable, but it could just be that I don't wear those ones outside as much. The second pair also hasn't stretched out as much as the first. They're the smooth brown type that they don't appear to make anymore so maybe it's just a difference in leather.
Either way I'm planning to get yet another pair with the perforated leather to wear this summer. I usually hate spending money on shoes but if you've got odd shaped feet like mine these ones are totally worth it. (Posted on 2/19/15)
Amazing Review by Adam
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Maybe the most comfortable shoe I've ever worn, and I've tried all kinds of barefoot shoes. Before these my favorites were the Merrell Vapor Glove with Vibram EL-X close behind. (Posted on 12/17/14)
My feet don't hurt anymore! Review by Carla
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After suffering with plantar fascitis, Achilles tendinitis, and achy feet at the end of the day, I knew something had to change. I had been buying shoes with more arch support, more padding, more everything and nothing helped. I bought the Runamoc Dash and within 2 weeks, no more foot pain for the first time in years. I now have 2 pair of these (smooth black and hot pink/black) and wear them every day when I am not wearing my Roos. Love these shoes! (Posted on 11/29/14)
Excellent shoe Review by Dustin
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I have 5 pair of Soft Star shoes, so I think I qualify as an official fan (possibly fanatic). The worst thing I can say about the shoes is that they will RUIN YOU for any other shoes besides Soft Star. Truly, they are a pleasure, and all the different styles I own are excellent. I think the Dash (I own 3 pair of them) are the most versatile, however: you can truly wear them with anything (I don't use mine for running, but rather casual wear, lots of walking and hiking).

A comment about the soles: I own several kinds. My very first pair was the 2 mm street sole. It's incredibly durable; after one year it still looks new, and considering how much I wear them that's pretty amazing to me.

My favorite sole in terms of comfort for everyday wear is easily the trail sole -- which I was reluctant to purchase because of the tread. I assumed I'd feel that under my feet walking on pavement. But I don't. It's an extremely comfortable sole, and in my humble opinion it's the best for everyday use; it also happens to be extremely versatile.

Soft Star shoes are extraordinary, and given their quality and ethics they are an incredible value, too. (Posted on 11/24/14)
Great for wide post bunion surgery feet! Review by Josie
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I had bunion surgery a year ago and although I am glad I had the surgery, I still have to be careful about footwear. I don't want the bunion to return so I must only wear shoes with a wide toe box. I wear a women's wide 11 in most shoes and the 10U wide in these is perfect! Solid black or black and brown ones are perfect for work. I prefer leather soles but am buying a 2mm sole for days when it is wet out and I don't want to risk slipping. (Posted on 11/23/14)
best shoe!! Review by Trev
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Great shoe, first shoe I've ever bought a replacement pair. (Posted on 11/8/14)
Sweet Comfort Review by Jane
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I bought this shoe with the thin sole, and totally love it. I went with the wide width, as my feet love to have lots of room and no cramping. They are perfect. I do, however, prefer to do long walks on cement in the Portlander. It has the thicker sole. (Posted on 9/29/14)
Comfortable "Dress" Shoe Review by Jeff
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I purchased my shoes to use as a dress shoe while wearing suits or just a shirt and tie to work. They are so comfortable and have great ground feedback. I never want to wear tight, scrunched up toed, rigid uncomfortable dress shoes again. I do run and jog around in them, but will typically run barefoot or in my Vibrams. My shoes have stretched only minimally and are wearing on the bottom like normal. Thanks for your help with the many questions that I had. I am going on 18 months with these shoes. (Posted on 9/26/14)
Fell apart after only a year. Review by jlbraun
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Would not buy again. Toe and heel stitching came apart. Too expensive for how long they lasted.

Note from Soft Star: Thanks Jlbraun for your feedback - we are sorry you are disappointed in the durability. For more information on how long you can expect a pair of Soft Stars to last compared to a traditional running shoe, please see this link: http://www.softstarshoes.com/index.php/quickfaq#how-long-will-a-pair-of-soft-star-shoes-last
(Posted on 9/6/14)
Feels Great Review by Keith
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I bought a pair a year ago with the lite leather upper and street sole. I have found them to be extremely comfortable and have great ground feel. I will order another pair soon. (Posted on 8/30/14)
wonderful Review by tinyfeet
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I finally bought a youth wide Dash with laces during the recent sale. They are nutmeg with honey and very cute. I have worn them alot since February, to work etc, so I fear they've gotten a bit beaten up already. I have some concerns, like a few spots where the sole is separating from the spongy layer, and the bottom of the leather at the spongy layer border, the brown leather has completely worn away. Should I have put some shoe protection on? I also found that the wide are too wide, although it was recommended. My feet do slip and slide a bit depending on the terrain.
Now for the good....I have very small odd feet with a wide high instep and wide toes. Barely size 34, so have grown up in poorly fitting shoes-if only my parents knew about Soft Star!! I've tried all types of shoes, always hurting, aching, ooohing and aching when going for walks. My toes are mangled, I had endless foot pain, and I noticed over the past few years that my arches have been falling. Standing all day at work on hard surfaces was torture. These shoes are so comfortable and wonderful! I have almost never had anything like them except a pair of zero heel wide boots that I wore out. My feet really do prefer zero heel and the shoes are so light, I am no longer dragging my feet around. I love them, they are so fun and I am sure my husband is relieved that I am not moaning and groaning every five minutes and in fact seem keen to go further! They are wonderful walking on everything except maybe big rocks where I have slipped a bit and the 5 mm sole is a bit clunky. I've walked all day on hard surfaces, gone for long long hikes in pacific northwest forest and beaches, stood all day at work. I have not really tried running, but I had to run in my phoenix boots the other day and that was fun.
I only wish I had more pairs of the dashes/bolts!
The plan is to get rid of, sell my wonderful but unwearable shoe collection and stock up on soft stars.
(Posted on 4/13/14)
Very comfortable Review by Mathieu
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It´s all I want. I run and walk everyday with them. I feel great and when i put my old shoes I feel like on a trampoline.
I will buy others one in the future, for me and my family. (Posted on 1/23/14)
Quality Leather Gloves for my feet! Review by Dan V
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I have been running in Soft Star Dashes for 3 years now - and while I do wear other brands depending on the trail, the Dash definitely are my go-to favorites. They are like a leather glove for my feet - ground feel is outstanding and definitely the closest feeling to barefoot of all my shoes. The craftsmanship is beautiful and the durability is better than I expected for running in a leather glove... I get 600-900 miles per pair before they start to wear down. I agree with other reviewers that they are not as durable as a synthetic traditional running shoe, but that is not what I am buying. I also do not agree that they stretch - I have had no troubles with this. On top of everything, the customer service is the best - real people who really care about their product. Elves, keep doing what you are doing! (Posted on 12/30/13)
Comfortable but not long lasting Review by JJBX
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I have had three pairs of
the dashes now. I think that the shoes solve many problems not solved by competing minimalist shoes: for example
being made from natural materials, sourced in the US,
and looking good enough to be worn casually without too many raised eyebrows.

Moreover, the shoes are very comfortable and feel great when running when first taken from the box and after breaking in.

However, while suitable for light running or casual wear, these shoes are not suitable for serious running over a period as long as a season.

The material, gluing and stitching are not secure or strong enough
to withstand even the occasional scuff; a few toe scuffs are enough
to tear a hole in the toe, which is not satisfactory for any type
of running, even on relatively smooth roads in the city.

The second problem with these shoes is that even if one buys a size
below ones actual footsize, the shoes gradually stretch to the point at which one may no longer run in the pair.

Shrinking the leather by wetting the material and drying works
for a short period, but the shoes quickly stretch out again.

Why did I buy three pairs, you might ask? Because I support
the feel of the shoe and the fact that these are non-factory
made shoes. I would try an upgraded version which incorporates
a more secure stitching, strengthening around the toe area
and a solution to the stretching problem, for instance by
using a mixture of leather and a less malleable fabric,
for instance, on the middle of the upper, which
is most subject to stretching due to the motion of the foot.
Until this model is in stock, however, I will not continue
purchasing this shoe. (Posted on 12/28/13)
Don't change a thing Review by Lewis
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I've had these a month now and absolutely love em. I have the 2mm sole. I'm a road runner logging in 50 to 55 miles a week, almost all barefoot. However I need something for the rough and gravelly section of the road I run on.
I've tried many "barefoot" style shoes: Five Fingers, Road and Trail Gloves, Hattori's and nothing compares to the Dash.
They weigh 5oz (size 9).
They have a naturally shaped toe box with plenty of room for your toes to splay out, not at all based on the traditional pointy foot manner.
Ground feel is superb.
And the soft inside of the leather feels luxurious.
I put Lock Laces on them so I can get them on and off quickly but I don't even cinch them. I just wear them loose and they're great, not sloppy feeling at all. And I would never do this with a traditional running shoe.
I have also run in these for 10+ miles at a time to let my feet recover from stepping on a rock while running barefoot and they still felt amazing. No chaffing, blistering, or hot spots, just pure comfort. They are not just for the short run.
I have to admit that my Dash's are making it hard to continue running barefoot because when I put them on, I don't want to take them off.
If you're a true barefoot runner, you will not find a better shoe.
Soft Star if you're listening, please do not redesign or change a thing! (Posted on 8/13/13)
I love these shoes Review by melissa
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As the owner of two pairs of totally custom made mocs I was skeptical at first but had to give these a shot. I am not a runner in the least bit but that shouldn't stop you from getting these. I put them on right out of the box and honestly don't want to take them off. They are light and comfortable and yes my feet got an alive tingly feeling after walking in them. I would highly recommend these to anyone who cares about there feet. (Posted on 8/1/13)
over a year and I still love them! Review by Nanina
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I've had my first pair of DASHes for over a year and they are still going strong. The sole doesn't have much traction (not that it ever did), but other than that, they wear very well. I pretty much haven't touched my five fingers since I got into SoftStar shoes and one of the distinct advantages is that they don't get nearly as smelly as my five fingers. I run w/o socks with these Dashes, although I do wear socks when I wear them for work. My five fingers got stinky quickly and none of the fixes -- letting them sit in the sun (yeah, right in Oregon!) or soaking and scrubbing them w/ denture cleaner -- resolved the problem. As long as I let my Dashes dry out properly, they're not stinky. (Posted on 4/8/13)
your petty actions will cost you Review by Larry
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just because you don't post my honest review doesn't mean that will help your sales your product will speak for it self
your sales will let you know what customers think of your product
and your actions will let us customers know what kind of establishment your are running
I will never buy another pair of shoes from you no integrity having mother#######
#### your shoes and a very special #### you to you
have fun trying to sell your second hand, over priced piece of ####
I know I'll have a fun time laughing as I walk away in my new kso vibrams, which btw is more marketable (because it's a better and more well thought out idea)...plus it's cheaper
can't beat that right? then hit that delete button and your whole shop will be gone, think about it, before you are in too deep =]

(Note from Elves: This review has been censored because of its graphic content. Please note all reviews are always published. The "Posted on" date is the date the review was submitted and automatically entered by our website, but the date it is published on the website is usually 1-3 weeks later when we go through a batch of them to filter spam or graphic content.)



(Posted on 3/16/13)
not natural for wide feet Review by Larry
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I loved my first pair but that was when I wasn't fully aware of my feet.

But after running in them for many months I noticed pain in my first metatarsal.

I start to do some research and based off that, it seems like my feet are in the early stages of forming bunions (both my big toes are pointing inward)

As I become more aware, I have realized it is the tightness of the toe box on the shoes that is the problem.

Don't get me wrong, I stuffed my shoes when I first got them and they naturally stretch out after repeated use also. But my toes still feel tight.

I even ordered a new pair, one size bigger to accommodate this problem since I liked these shoes. But no such luck, still tight, even after repeated use.

The problem is the toe box. It is shaped in the traditional "pointy foot" manner which will restrain your smaller toes, curving them into the shape of the shoe over time.

do your research and you will see

this shoe does well in providing minimalist needs, but doesn't cater to the natural shape of the foot.

I wanted to avoid those 5 finger shoes when I first got into barefoot running but now I regret not starting with those from the beginning...plus some models are cheaper then what they got here.

so do your research before you buy this product.


(Posted on 3/8/13)
work Review by quick-k
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simply the most comfortable business causal minimal shoe available


(Posted on 1/23/13)
Amazing Review by joplin
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Really amazing shoes.

I got the 5mm trail sole, and it is great in the snow, it provides extra insulation. I was surprised at how warm my feet were.

I am really sick of brand name shoes with thick soles and heels that make you walk unnatural, these RunAmoc's are a breath of fresh air.

(Posted on 1/10/13)
showing signs of wear Review by barefoot mama
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I love these shoes to no end. I wear them without socks and the leather feels deliciously smooth against my feet. It took about a week for them to mold to my feet and they keep getting better. I didn't find them all that attractive at first but as they molded to my foot they became cuter. My only concern is that I've had them less than 2 months and there's already a lot of chafing at the front of the shoe and I'm worried I'll wear holes in them fairly soon. I don't even wear them for running.


(Posted on 12/7/12)
Great running shoes Review by luciep
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I am a women size 9 with skinny feet, so I bought the size 8U in narrow width with a trail sole. They fit perfectly. They could be a little bit tighter around the ankle, but at least I am not losing them. I use them for all my runs when I need to wear socks, on asphalt or on trails. They are warm (my feet are never cold when it is 30 degrees or less) and my feet stay dry. My only issue is that I don't have a good grip when running on muddy trails or on very wet asphalt. So I just use a different pair of shoes depending on the weather.


(Posted on 12/6/12)
Ready for snow and ice! Review by Paul
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I have been running in the Moc3 since last spring and have nothing but good things to say about them. Looking ahead to winter, I wanted a minimalist shoe with more tread. I previously tried the original RunAmoc, but found them too sloppy a fit and ground through the outer heel. Today, tried out my new Dashes - great hold around heel and midfoot with space for toes to do their thing in front. The heel counter also seems stable enough to prevent rolling back onto leather. Between Moc3 and Dashes, got every season/every condition covered!


(Posted on 10/16/12)
Wonderful Shoe and Company Review by Catherine
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First, my customer experience was first rate. I ordered these in 8 and it was too small. I called and talked with the Elves who were so helpful! I upgraded to an 8 1/2 and that has been great. I love the softness of these shoes and I love trail running in them. Pavement running has been a challenge even with the thicker sole but this may be an adjustment to barefoot running style. Would love to know what other runners experience is. Either way, I'm a fan for life.


(Posted on 6/7/12)
Love these shoes, but wear socks! Review by That One Guy
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I use these shoes mostly as work shoes. I work a moderately physical job and I am on my feet the entire shift. However, I first used them without socks and began to find the smell unacceptable. I tried placing them in the freezer, which helped. Another trick I used was baking soda. I didn't clean all of it out and I went back to bare feet with some baking soda left in. After the sweat built up I noticed the inner sole ripping. I ended up tearing it out and now there is a slight hole on the side of the shoe. Beyond my experimental failures, the shoes are amazing and I plan to buy another pair. After walking 5 miles a day at 4 to 4.5 miles per hour my feet will hurt. This means my feet are getting a work out. If you want socially acceptable, highly functional barefoot shoes made in America, you can't beat these.


(Posted on 6/7/12)
Great but no grip Review by JH
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I wear these shoes as school shoes and they are great
However I Have the street soles and They have lost their grip really quickly and are very slippery on our basketball court

Can anyone tell me if the trail soles keep their grip better?


(Posted on 5/2/12)
Great shoe Review by nyx
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These shoes do everything they say they do and more. I got the street soles and love them. They give me great feedback and I find they improve my barefoot technique. (I still consider myself a beginner) I want to get the perforated leather ones for hotter days. *bows to the Soft Star elves* You guys make a great product. Thanks!


(Posted on 4/21/12)
great for work & fun Review by Nanina
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I originally got these as a work shoe -- they look ok w/ a suit -- not particularly stylish, but acceptable. They proved to be so super comfy that I decided to start running in them and they quickly replaced my Vibrams as my running shoe of choice. With the street sole you get incredible ground feel. I run on both streets and trails with these.


(Posted on 4/19/12)
Incredible Review by Jonathan
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I am very impressed with these shoes. These are my every day shoes both casual and formal.

I normally run in my Moc3 but today was wet. So I ran in these and they were great. They gave great ground feel (I was running in mud and on gravel) while keeping my feet dry.

Now that I have found soft star shoes I will be sticking with them in the future.


(Posted on 4/3/12)
love my soft star Review by dorie
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(Posted on 3/10/12)

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Unsure about your 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 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. 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.

     

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, Portlanders and Rogue casual shoes, which run a bit small.

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 categor.:

 

RunAmoc Style Comparison

 

Original

Dash

Moc3

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Original RunAmoc Brown Suede

green dash runamoc barefoot running shoe

blue moc3 barefoot running moccasin

Design Based on our moccasin design, but with a durable running sole and a lace around the ankle for secure closure. Our most popular shoe for both running and casual use! Front laces and back pattern provide stylish design and precise fit. A stretchy, slip-on moccasin designed to be as flexible and lightweight as possible. A running sock with the durability of a shoe!
Fit

 

Designed to fit loosely around the foot. Ideal for people who are accustomed to going barefoot and do not prefer a snug-fitting shoe. Spacious toe box allows toes to spread and is favored by people with very wide feet.

Front lacing system allows a snug, adjustable fit around instep. Ideal for people who prefer a fitted shoe with minimal slippage.

Depending on color choices, the Dash can easily pass as a casual, work or dress shoe.

Breathe-O-Prene technology hugs your foot from all sides. Very high level of groundfeel and barefoot-like movement. Can easily be packed into a small bag or tucked under a belt when not in use.

Sizes

Adult Sizes 5U–15U+

Available in Regular, Narrow, Wide or Wide XL 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

5.2–9.2 oz, depending on size, leather type and sole.

Contact us if you would like to know weight for a specific combination of attributes.

5.0–9.5 oz, depending on size, leather type and sole.

Contact us if you would like to know weight for a specific combination of attributes.

4–6 oz, depending on size.

Contact us if you would like to know weight for a specific size,

Sole Options

• 2mm Vibram™ Street Sole

• 5mm Vibram™ Trail Sole

• Tough Leather Sole

• 2mm Vibram™ Street Sole

• 5mm Vibram™ Trail Sole

• Tough Leather Sole

• 2mm Vibram™ Street Sole cut to minimal patterned footbed.

Custom Color Options Suede, smooth (full grain) or LITE (perforated) leather colors. 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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Street Sole Close UP

Trail Sole Close Up

Leather Sole Close Up

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. Slightly thicker than 2mm Street sole with similar durability. 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.
+$12

 

 

 

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, we have added the Dash and the Moc3 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. There is a lot of great advice in the recommended reading about transitioning to a more minimal shoe. It is worth your time to do some research and find a training plan that works for you.

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.

Care Tips for Full Grain Leather Shoes

WHEN THEY FIRST ARRIVE:

Soft Star 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 Soft Stars 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.

 

MAINTENANCE:

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 on 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).

 

WASHING:

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.

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