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DYO Adult Merry Jane

With classic styling and revolutionary comfort, this perfect shoe makes feet so happy, we had to call it “Merry”!

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We’ve created your go-to shoe for timeless style and endless wearability; in fact, many customers tell us their foot pain disappears when they put on these Merry Janes! This shoe’s minimal, flexible design enables natural foot function for every social function. Made with our signature premium full-grain leather and durable Vibram soles, the Merry Jane’s buckle-closure strap allows for an adjustable, customized fit. Take these shoes on your next adventure, and you’ll maneuver past all obstacles easily—and in style!
  • Flexible, minimal Vibram rubber sole molds to your foot
  • Buckle closure for adjustable fit
  • Choose from your own colors, cutouts or appliqués
  • Handcrafted in USA from premium, responsibly-sourced leathers
  • Design-Your-Own shoes in like-new condition are fully returnable/exchangeable according to the terms of our return policy

Want to step it up with a sheepskin innersole for this shoe? Click here!

Need this shoe in a smaller size? Check out our Youth Design-Your-Own category.


Reviews

Best shoes everReview by Stef
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I finally splurged on myself after buying my kiddos multiple pairs of sss. SO WORTH IT!! Now I need more! They have become the only shoes I wear and still look nearly new. The only thing I wish is that they had a smaller women's size as mine are a touch big so I might measure and try the largest youth size next time (Posted on 6/4/16)
Life changing!Review by Jennifer
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I have had "bad feet" for decades and now realize I really had BAD SHOES. Post major bunion surgery I continued to have pain and my doctor prescribed orthotics which did not help. My daughter suggested Soft Stars and my feet and I have a new lease on life. These are comfortable and cute enough for work. I walk a lot at work and my feet no longer ache at the end of the day. Wonderful. Looking forward to buying more colors. (Posted on 5/30/16)
so pleasedReview by Susan
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I am super happy with these shoes! They are comfortable and cute. I got them in plain black and needed a wide, so I would say there's just a bit of Minnie Mouse vibe to them, but I choose to rock it. My only frustration with Soft Star shoes is trying to figure out the fit. I have Ramblers in 7 regular, Ballerines in 7 regular, and Solstice sandals in a 6 wide. The Ballerines are just a skoosh to small/narrow, and haven't stretched out, so when I tried the Merry Janes on in a 7 regular and they seemed snug, I sent them back and re-ordered the wide. They are just a bit too wide, fit great with medium-weight socks... and they feel like they are going to stretch out to be too big. But maybe not! I do feel like I should have kept the regulars, though. I haven't had any issues with dye transfer. And of course they are beautifully made! Saving my pennies for my next pair of Soft Stars : ) (Posted on 1/17/16)
Happy FeetReview by Susanne
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My feet finally have shoes that fit like a glove! Color choice, cutouts, and flowers make me just want more pairs.

It would be helpful to purchase from Soft Star Shoes some touch up dye/ polish that would match as I know these shoes will receive a lot of wear! I love them. (Posted on 1/7/16)
Wonderful shoeReview by Dianne
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I love these shoes. They are extremely comfortable and very cute. The service was exceptional. I plan on getting the sandal next!!!! (Posted on 11/2/15)
Wonderful ShoesReview by Melissa
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These shoes have surpassed my expectations. From the start I experienced superior customer service, very reasonable shipping time, and once the product arrived I was thrilled. The shoes are very well made and so very comfortable. I thought I would need to switch between my old shoes and the Merry Jane’s, but this was not the case. Once I put on the Merry Jane’s, they haven’t left my feet. These were my first pair of Soft Stars and after one week of wearing them, I had to put in an order for some Roos for around the house. Thank you Soft Star for such a great product! (Posted on 10/22/15)
Energized!Review by Rebecca
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I am overjoyed with my merry janes to the extent that I officially refer to myself as "Merry Rebecca" while wearing them. While wearing them, I feel more closely connected to the earth and truly energized! Thank you to the Elves!! (Posted on 10/20/15)
All Day Every DayReview by sarah
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I buy a size to a size and a half down and they fit very very snugly for the first two weeks. I wear these 10 hours per day since 2011, and I work on my feet on cement floors. My feet, my knees, my posture are the better for it. The seams start to give out at the heel and the toe after about 6 months. I just bought my 8th pair. (Posted on 9/30/15)
Exceeded my expectationsReview by Sunny
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I was worried about the fit as these are my first Soft Star shoes but after measuring and talking with an Elf the fit of the shoe is perfect. Comfortable and oh so cute. Thank you!!!! (Posted on 9/28/15)
Wonderful!Review by Duckalucky
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I got these shoes because a friend who shares my collagen disorder and hypermobility said that they were so flexible and comfortable. My feet really change shape during the course of the day. These shoes fit like a glove -- exactly like a soft, flexible, protective glove -- as much in the evening as the morning. I love them. I thought they were going to look a little TOO unique, but I have received nonstop compliments on them. They resist odors. They look brand new after I have worn them everywhere, with a busy four year old, even on two vacations! If you're hesitating, commit. I'm not a spokesperson, just a very happy consumer. (Posted on 9/19/15)
Fabulous wine/beer shoeReview by Tracy
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These shoes are fantastic for wine/barrel-age beer tastings! I always get compliments when I go to wineries and beer festivals. Comfortable and the shiny gold in the cork give them a fun flair. (Posted on 8/30/15)
Thanks for accomodating my special request!Review by Beth
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I have always needed extra length in the strap of mary jane-type shoes. Usually I punch a new hole myself, but this time I requested Soft Stars to do it for me. Of course they did it, and added a little extra length, too! I splurged on the sheepskin insoles for the first time. Love them. Will be ordering again. (Posted on 8/9/15)
I love soft star merry janes!Review by Gretchen
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I usually dislike shoes. Shoes usually dislike me! I LOVE these shoes! I want them in every color! I used to be a sneaker girl, not anymore!!! I wear them with everything. They are a very flexible style. (Posted on 11/17/14)
Best shoes for my feet allergiesReview by Merry
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I have these shoes for over a month and love them. They are comfy and adorable ! I was looking for something safe and good for my feet since I have feet allergies and these are my new favorites. My daughter loved them so much she came in from college and took mine and now I'm ordering a replacement pair and a new second pair! (Posted on 11/2/14)
better than I was thinkingReview by dorayme
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I got my first pair of MJ's last spring and they have become one of my favorite shoes to wear. As others have mentioned, they are comfortable first on, and remain that way. My only wish is that I had gotten the sheepskin innersole. I was worried it would push up on my foot and make my toes mold into the uppers excessively, but, after having the sheepskin in my moccasins, I think it would only enhance the MJ's. I'll be ordering a removable set with my next order to try them out. (Posted on 11/5/13)
That's why my daugther loves her mary janesReview by Mom from Amsterdam
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I bought some second hand SSS mary janes some time ago for my 3 year old daughter. She wants to wear them all the time so I ordered some mary janes for myself, and I love them. With a sheepskin insole it's even more comfortable!
And I ordered some DYO shoes for my 3 year old and some north star boots for my other daughter who will be 1 next month.
I think I'm going to order some sheepskin boots for myself also because I think they'll be comfortable too.
Thanks for new SSS addiction, I thought they wouldn't be that great but they are :D (Posted on 10/10/13)
Best shoes everReview by Mel
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Since I started wearing Soft Star MJs I don't want to wear anything else. They are the ONLY shoes I have ever worn that have been comfortable straight away with no 'breaking in' required. The leather is so soft, nothing rubs or pinches, and my feet are happy all day. I get loads of compliments on them too. I'd love a pair in every colour! (Posted on 5/17/13)
FantasticReview by Kathleen
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They feel very comfortable. I'm working at my store while wearing these MJs the whole day, and it is the first time that my feet don't hurt after 10 hours standing. Only minus is indeed the black paint on my feet or socks ... . But otherwise they are perfect. (Posted on 9/10/12)
Even better than I expectedReview by Christy
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Felt tight the first day, but the leather has relaxed with wear and now they feel perfect. Nearly daily wear for several weeks without socks and they do not smell. Only downsides - the liner is still discoloring my feet (don't dare wear socks), the strap is a little long and hits the ground (not troublesome enough yet to cut it), and my feet feel cold if I go from a warm place to a cold place. Plan to get another color when I can afford it! (Posted on 5/2/12)
AwesomenessReview by Kara
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My husband surprised me with the yellow merry janes for Christmas. I pretty much get compliments on them every time I wear them, and they are so comfortable. I've actually fallen asleep with my shoes on before, and that never happens :). (Posted on 2/19/12)
Happy FeetReview by Lexi
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These fun shoes just make me happy! (Posted on 2/4/12)

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Sizing Tips

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."


printable-adult-sizing-guide-2

 

Want more details? Check out this video for visual step-by-step instructions:

 

 

No Printer? No Problem!

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.

Sizing Feet Step 1Sizing Feet Step 2Sizing Feet Step 3

 

Once you find your length measurement, you can use table below to best find your corresponding size.

 

Adult Shoe Sizing Chart

 

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.

Leather Colors

The following list shows all of the leather colors used in our workshop.

 

You will notice that our smooth, full grain leathers come in a variety of grades and styles. We've found some of these to work well on certain shoes, but not on others. For this reason, when you choose to design your own shoe with smooth leather you will only see certain types available.

 

Click here or scroll to the bottom of this page to see descriptions of our different leather varieties.

Smooth Leathers
(full grain)

 NOVA White Leather NOVA White
 NOVA Black Leather NOVA Black
 NOVA Slate Leather NOVA Slate
 NOVA Chocolate Leather NOVA Chocolate
 NOVA Nutmeg Leather NOVA Nutmeg
 NOVA Red Leather NOVA Red
 NOVA Flamingo Leather NOVA Flamingo
 NOVA Orange Leather NOVA Orange
 NOVA Yellow Leather NOVA Yellow
 NOVA Grass Green Leather NOVA Grass Green
 NOVA Peacock Leather NOVA Peacock
 NOVA Turquoise Leather NOVA Turquoise
 NOVA Cerulean Leather NOVA Cerulean
 NOVA Ocean Leather NOVA Ocean
 NOVA Purple Leather NOVA Purple
 SUBLIME Black Leather SUBLIME Black
 SUBLIME Chocolate Leather SUBLIME Chocolate
 SUBLIME Brandy Leather SUBLIME Brandy
Sublime Stone Leather SUBLIME Stone
 SUBLIME Cream Leather SUBLIME Cream
 SUBLIME Hot Pink Leather SUBLIME Hot Pink
Sublime Blaze Leather SUBLIME Blaze
Sublime Terracotta Leather SUBLIME Terracotta
 SUBLIME Tangerine Leather SUBLIME Tangerine
 SUBLIME Olive Leather SUBLIME Olive
Sublime Avocado Leather SUBLIME Avocado
 SUBLIME Deep Blue Sea SUBLIME Deep Blue Sea
 SUBLIME Sky Blue Leather SUBLIME Sky Blue
 SUBLIME Lavender Leather SUBLIME Lavender
 SUBLIME Purple Leather SUBLIME Purple
 Cork Leather Cork
 SMOOTH Aged Black Leather AGED Aged Black
 SMOOTH Aged Walnut Leather AGED Walnut
 SMOOTH Aged Oak Leather AGED Oak
 VEGETABLE TANNED Butternut Leather VEGETABLE TANNED Black
 VEGETABLE TANNED Cocoa Leather VEGETABLE TANNED Cocoa
veggie-rose-quartz VEGETABLE TANNED Rose Quartz
veggie-waikiki VEGETABLE TANNED Waikiki
 SHINY Platinum Leather SHINY Platinum
 SHINY Gold Leather SHINY Gold
 SHINY Pewter Leather SHINY Pewter
 SHINY Ruby Leather SHINY Ruby
 SHINY Rose Leather SHINY Rose
 SHINY Royal Leather SHINY Royal

Plonge Leathers

 
 White Leather PLONGE White
 Plonge Graphite PLONGE Graphite
 Black Leather PLONGE Black
 Dark Hazelnut Leather PLONGE Dark Hazelnut
 Tan Leather PLONGE Tan
 Plonge Pearl PLONGE Pearl
 Fuchsia Leather PLONGE Red
 Fuchsia Leather PLONGE Fuchsia
 Pink Leather PLONGE Pink
 Mint Leather PLONGE Mint
 Lime Leather PLONGE Lime
 Plonge Kelp PLONGE Kelp
 Royal Blue Leather PLONGE Royal Blue
 Robin Egg Blue Leather PLONGE Robin Egg Blue
 Lavender Leather PLONGE Lavender

Suede Leathers

 SUEDE Grey Leather SUEDE Grey*
 SUEDE Black Leather SUEDE Black
 SUEDE Chocolate Leather SUEDE Chocolate
 SUEDE Honey Leather SUEDE Honey
suede-wheat-leather SUEDE Wheat*
 SUEDE Tan Leather SUEDE Tan
suede-sand-swatch SUEDE Sand*
 SUEDE Burgundy Leather SUEDE Burgundy
 SUEDE Red Leather SUEDE Red
 SUEDE Watermelon Leather SUEDE Watermelon
 SUEDE Pink Leather SUEDE Pink
 SUEDE Orange Leather SUEDE Orange
 SUEDE Mustard Leather SUEDE Mustard
 SUEDE Forest Green Leather SUEDE Forest Green
 SUEDE Moss Leather SUEDE Moss
 SUEDE Emerald Leather SUEDE Emerald
 SUEDE Navy Leather SUEDE Navy
 SUEDE Royal Leather SUEDE Royal
 SUEDE Medium Blue Leather SUEDE Medium Blue
 SUEDE Turquoise Leather SUEDE Turquoise
 SUEDE Purple Leather SUEDE Purple
 SUEDE Fuchsia Leather SUEDE Fuchsia
 SUEDE Lavender Leather SUEDE Lavender
 SUEDE Zebra Leather SUEDE Zebra
 SUEDE Black with Glossy White Stars Leather SUEDE Black with Stars
 SUEDE Cream with Shiny Gold Stars Leather SUEDE Cream with Gold Stars

*These colors are only available
for adult Roo moccasins.
 

LITE Leathers

 
 LITE White Leather LITE White
 LITE Black Leather LITE Black
 LITE Chocolate Leather LITE Chocolate
 LITE Tangerine Leather LITE Tangerine
 LITE Turquoise Leather LITE Turquoise
 LITE Blue Leather LITE Blue
 

Vegan ULTRASUEDE
(animal-free material)

 
 ULTRASUEDE White Leather ULTRASUEDE White
 ULTRASUEDE Black Leather ULTRASUEDE Black
 ULTRASUEDE Cocoa Leather ULTRASUEDE Cocoa
 ULTRASUEDE Ginger Snap Leather ULTRASUEDE Ginger Snap
 ULTRASUEDE Tan Leather ULTRASUEDE Tan
 ULTRASUEDE Pink Leather ULTRASUEDE Pink
 ULTRASUEDE Royal Blue Leather ULTRASUEDE Royal Blue

 

Elastic/Sport Closures
(fabric, not leather)

 
 White Leather White
 Black Leather Black
 Brown Leather Brown
 Beige Leather Beige
 Red Leather Red
 Fuchsia Leather Fuchsia
 Gold Leather Gold
 Green Leather Green
 Teal Leather Teal
 Royal Blue Leather Royal Blue
 Purple Leather Purple

 

Discontinued Leathers

These colors are no longer available for new shoes, but you may find them among our One-of-a-Kind shoes or clearance sale items.
black-mamba-leather-swatch Black Mamba
baby-leopard-swatch SUEDE Baby Leopard
nova-lilac-swatch NOVA Lilac
nova-kiwi-swatch NOVA Kiwi
sublime-brandy-swatch SUBLIME Brandy
sublime-cannon-swatch SUBLIME Cannon
sublime-flame-swatch SUBLIME Flame
sublime-lime-swatch SUBLIME Lime
sublime-sage-swatch SUBLIME Sage
veggie-parsnip-watch VEGETABLE TANNED Parsnip
veggie-dune-swatch VEGETABLE TANNED Dune
veggie-butternut VEGETABLE TANNED Butternut
veggie-olive-swatch VEGETABLE TANNED Olive
veggie-grey-plum-swatch VEGETABLE TANNED Grey Plum
veggie-eggplant VEGETABLE TANNED Eggplant
shiny-sapphire-swatch SHINY Sapphire
shiny-violet SHINY Violet
 LITE Red Leather LITE Red

 

Nova, Sublime, Plonge... What's the Difference?

  • Smooth NOVA: A durable leather that is slightly stiffer than our other smooth leather options. Used for shoes that need the extra stiffness for proper support. This includes most of our shoes that are stitched directly to the sole, such as our Classics, Sandals, Ramblers and Merry Janes. Texture appearance looks the same as our Sublime and Vegetable Tanned leathers (though grain size can vary throughout every hide).

  • Smooth SUBLIME: A durable smooth leather that is softer than Nova. We use this leather for our "turned" shoes (those that are made inside-out and then turned so the seams are on the inside) because the softer texture wraps around the foot well for a cozy fit. Used for our Roo moccasins, Metros, Dash RunAmocs and Original RunAmocs. Texture appearance looks the same as our Nova and Vegetable Tanned leathers (though grain size can vary throughout every hide).

  • Cork: A very thin fabric lined with cork and gold speckles. This thin material is only available for decorative parts of certain design-your-own shoes, such as Dash RunAmoc sides or Ballerine heels.

  • Smooth Aged Leather: This soft leather has been aged to give it a rustic look. It is used to make our Rogue shoes and select parts of our other design-your-own shoes.

  • Vegetable-Tanned Leather: The only leather we import from Europe, due to it's highly sustainable properties. While all of our leather meets our sustainable standards (all of our leather is tanned without formaldehyde and colored with non-toxic food grade dye), this leather goes a step further with a purely vegetable-based tanning process using only grass-fed cows raised on controlled sustainable pastures in Germany's Bavarian Alps. Preferred by people with extreme chemical sensitivity. Due to it's high cost, there is an extra surcharge for use of vegetable-tanned leather in design-your-own shoes. Texture appearance looks similar to Nova and Sublime leathers. Please note this "naked" leather is likely to show cosmetic flaws and stains easily, even with just water.

  • Shiny Leather: Smooth leather dyed with a glossy finish to give a shiny reflective look. Available for most of our design-your-own shoes that are made from either Nova or Sublime leather. Please note that shiny leather will dull with wear. Here's an example of Shiny Gold toddler moccasins worn for several weeks:

shiny-leather-wear


  • Plonge Leather: The softest and lightest leather we could find! Since it is so thin and buttery soft, plonge leather works great for our baby Buttercup moccasins and the decorative trim on our adult Ballerine flats and is only used for these two styles.

  • Suede Leather: Leather made from the lower layers of a hide to give a soft cloth-like texture. Available for most of our moccasins and RunAmocs. Suede colors marked above with an asterisk (*) are only available for adult Roo moccasins, which require a thicker grade of leather.

  • LITE Leather: A thin smooth leather covered in perforation holes. Great for giving your shoes extra ventilation, and a favorite for runners in hot climates. Used for our RunAmocs and Ballerines.

  • Vegan Ultrasuede Leather: A synthetic animal-free material with a texture similar to suede. Used to make our vegan shoes.

Care

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.