DYO Adult Merry Jane
This comfortable shoe was designed to be your go-to everyday shoe—comfortable and stylish. The minimal, flexible design allows natural foot function. We hear from many women who tell us their foot pain disappears when they put on these Merry Janes! Choose between a real buckle closure or a Velcro strap with a faux buckle that can be easily removed for a simpler look.
Need this shoe in a smaller size? Check out our Youth Design-Your-Own category.
- Flexible, minimal Vibram rubber sole
- Buckles have a small piece of elastic so the strap flexes with the natural movement of your foot. This flex also makes it possible to pull your shoe on/off without opening and closing the buckle each time.
- The Velcro strap has a faux buckle which can be easily removed—a nice option if you often find yourself sitting cross-legged on floors. Velcro straps are fast and super easy to put on/off.
- Choose from your own colors, cutouts or appliqués
- Handcrafted in USA from premium, formaldehyde-free leathers.
- We can make most shoes within 4 business days (some exceptions apply).
- Design-Your-Own shoes in like-new condition are fully returnable/exchangeable according to the terms of our return policy.
Please use table below to best find your corresponding size. For best results, rely on your standard US shoe size. We find this to be the best place to start for adults and generally the most reliable method.
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.
If you find yourself between two shoe sizes, we recommend ordering the larger size. This is especially true of our adult Phoenix Boots and Rogue casual shoes, which run a bit small.
For detailed instructions on how to measure your foot, please click here to view our sizing guide.
The following list shows all of the leather colors used in our workshop. Please note that some colors are only available in certain grades of leather and cannot be used for all of our shoes.
SMOOTH Forest Green
SMOOTH Grass Green
SMOOTH Ultra Blue
SMOOTH Dark Purple
SMOOTH Pink Camo
SMOOTH Aged Black
SMOOTH Aged Walnut
SMOOTH Aged Oak
VEGETABLE TANNED Black
VEGETABLE TANNED Parsnip
VEGETABLE TANNED Olive
VEGETABLE TANNED Grey Plum
SUEDE Forest Green
SUEDE Medium Blue
SUEDE Baby Leopard
SUEDE Cream with Stars
SUEDE Black with Stars
Vegan ULTRASUEDE Leathers
ULTRASUEDE Ginger Snap
ULTRASUEDE Green Apple
ULTRASUEDE Royal Blue
Care Tips for Full Grain Leather Shoes
WHEN THEY FIRST ARRIVE:
Soft Star Shoes are made from eco-friendly, tanned in USA leathers. Leather is a natural product and some variation in texture and markings is to be expected. Because we use natural food-grade dyes in our leather, there will likely be some initial color transference to your socks or skin if your shoes become damp - this will decrease with use but please don't wear 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 slightly damp rag. Push the cloth tightly into the front of the shoe - don't worry, you cannot hurt it! Let the shoes sit stuffed overnight to stretch.
The full grain leather we use is naturally water resistant. Clean as needed with water dampened rag and let air dry. Condition the leather as often as desired with any quality leather dressing. We highly recommend Bee Natural Amore for general conditioning or Rain & Snow for enhanced water resistance. The color on shiny metallic shoes will eventually patina with use into an antique wear look - this can be accelerated with repeated use to water and high wear (e.g. scuffing toes).
You can use a damp cloth, or if needed you can hand wash your leather shoes using a gentle shampoo and cool water. We don't recommend frequent washing of any leather product as it strips the leather of it's natural oils and tends to dry stiffer.
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, and do NOT put shoes the dryer. Shoes with sheepskin can take 3-4 days to air dry if fully submerged in water - you can speed up the drying by stuffing with old newspapers and replacing the paper 2x a day.