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DYO Adult Merry Jane

We call it our "Merry" Jane because it makes feet so happy! This shoe was designed to be your go-to everyday footwear—comfortable and stylish!

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  • 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. 
  • 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.

The minimal, flexible design of this shoe allows natural foot function with a buckle closure for an adjustable fit. We hear from many women who tell us their foot pain disappears when they put on these Merry Janes! Made with our signature premium full grain leather and durable Vibram soles.

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


I love soft star merry janes!Review by Gretchen
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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."


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.

Smooth Leathers

 NOVA White Leather NOVA White
 NOVA Black Leather NOVA Black
 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 Kiwi Leather NOVA Kiwi
 NOVA Turquoise Leather NOVA Turquoise
 NOVA Ocean Leather NOVA Ocean
 NOVA Purple Leather NOVA Purple
 NOVA Lilac Leather NOVA Lilac
 SUBLIME Black Leather SUBLIME Black
 SUBLIME Chocolate Leather SUBLIME Chocolate
 SUBLIME Brandy Leather SUBLIME Brandy
 SUBLIME Cannon Leather SUBLIME Cannon
 SUBLIME Cream Leather SUBLIME Cream
 SUBLIME Flame Leather SUBLIME Flame
 SUBLIME Hot Pink Leather SUBLIME Hot Pink
 SUBLIME Tangerine Leather SUBLIME Tangerine
 SUBLIME Olive Leather SUBLIME Olive
 SUBLIME Sage Leather SUBLIME Sage
 SUBLIME Lime Leather SUBLIME Lime
 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
 SHINY Platinum Leather SHINY Platinum
 SHINY Gold Leather SHINY Gold
 SHINY Pewter Leather SHINY Pewter
 SHINY Ruby Leather SHINY Ruby
 SHINY Sapphire Leather SHINY Sapphire
 SHINY Violet Leather SHINY Violet

Plonge Leathers
(for Baby Buttercups and Adult Ballerine Trim)

 White Leather PLONGE White
 Black Leather PLONGE Black
 Dark Hazelnut Leather PLONGE Dark Hazelnut
 Cream Leather PLONGE Cream (Ballerines only)
 Tan Leather PLONGE Tan
 Fuchsia Leather PLONGE Red
 Fuchsia Leather PLONGE Fuchsia
 Pink Leather PLONGE Pink
 Mint Leather PLONGE Mint
 Lime Leather PLONGE Lime
 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 Tan Leather SUEDE Tan
 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 Gold Leather SUEDE Gold
 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 Baby Leopard Leather SUEDE Baby Leopard
 SUEDE Cream with Shiny Gold Stars Leather SUEDE Cream with Stars
 SUEDE Black with Glossy White Stars Leather SUEDE Black with Stars

LITE Leathers

 LITE White Leather LITE White
 LITE Black Leather LITE Black
 LITE Chocolate Leather LITE Chocolate
 LITE Red Leather LITE Red
 LITE Turquoise Leather LITE Turquoise
 LITE Blue Leather LITE Blue

Vegan ULTRASUEDE Leathers

 ULTRASUEDE Ginger Snap Leather ULTRASUEDE Ginger Snap
 ULTRASUEDE Green Apple Leather ULTRASUEDE Green Apple
 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


Care Tips for Full Grain Leather Shoes


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, but take care to keep it away from the edges of your rubber soles.  Mink oil 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 - 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. 



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