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  • Black Front, Back, Sides and Strap

DYO Youth Bolt

Our new Youth Bolt is versatile and stylish shoe for a wide variety of sports and outdoor activities, but also functions as a comfortable everyday shoe. The rugged sole on this shoe has been thoroughly tested for durability by all the little elves in our workshop.

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  • Made with Premium, formaldehyde-free leathers.
  • Solid smooth or suede upper suited for colder climates when extra warmth is desired.
  • Wide toe box so your toes can grip, spread & splay away!
  • Choose your sole: rubber 5mm Trail sole or rubber 2mm Street sole.
  • Lightweight, between 5.6 oz to 8.7 oz depending on the type of sole you choose and the size of your paws.
  • Optional reflective tab on heel for safety.
  • Can be worn with or without socks.
  • 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.
  • Made in USA: designed and handcrafted in Oregon using US-sourced materials.

The Bolt works well for outdoor activities and casual wear. Kids love the front Velcro closure for easy on/off. The Bolt is perfect for a wide variety of sports and outdoor activities, but also functions as a comfortable everyday shoe. Made with our rugged Trail or Street sole for excellent tread and durability. It is our philosophy to be as barefoot as possible wile providing basic protection from the elements. Choose your own colors for the front, back, sides and strap of this shoe. Available with our 2mm Street sole, 5mm Trail sole or our natural tough leather sole.


great fit. sporty lookReview by Kathlin
My 7 year old loves these! They go on easy, stay on well, are super comfy, and have a fun sporty look. She wears them on PE day at school and feels like she is wearing sneakers like all the other kids. My daughter has a narrow foot, but the regular width of these fit just fine with and without socks. I think this is my new favorite style for her! (Posted on 5/21/15)

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Sizing Tips

Unsure about your child's 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 your child's feet using the method below (also shown in our sizing videos). You can then scroll down and see where the measurements fall on our sizing chart to find the recommended shoe size. All you need is a book, a tape measure and a wall.


Note: we no longer recommend tracing 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 child's 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 the length measurement, you can use table below to best find the corresponding size.


Youth Shoe Size Chart

Leather Care

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 hide markings is to be expected. Because we use leather colored with non-toxic methods using 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 unreturnable.


Most full grain leather we use is naturally water resistant - but Vegetable tanned is not and will stain. You can clean shoes as needed with water dampened cloth* and let air dry - but please note if you do this on Vegetable tanned, you will need to wet/stain entire shoe to avoid water stain marks. 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).


For all leathers except vegetable tanned, 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, but you can speed up the drying by stuffing with old newspapers and replacing the paper 2x a day.

Crayon Color Match

Click here to see a complete listing of our leather colors

We do our best to get the most accurate leather color swatch photographs possible, but not all screens will show colors the same way. A customer once suggested we tell people what Crayola™ color crayon our leathers most closely match and we thought it was a fantastic idea! Below you will find the Soft Star colors and the corresponding Crayola™ Crayon names.

We're also happy to offer coloring sheets for our popular kids' styles, so your children can design their own shoes at home!

Click on the style below to open a printable coloring page:

Elf Moc

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Color Key - Suede

Suede  Color         

Crayon Color

 Chocolate  Brown / Sepia
 Honey  Burnt Sienna
 Burgundy  Chestnut
 Tan  Raw Sienna
 Gold  Yellow Orange
 Pink  Melon / Pink Carnation
 Fuchsia  Maroon / Cerise
 Watermelon  Mango Tango / Salmon
 Red  Red / Scarlet
 Navy  Midnight Blue
 Royal Blue
 Blue / Denim
 Medium Blue
 Cadet Blue
 Turquoise  Blue Green
 Forest  Pine Green
 Emerald  Sea Green
 Lavender  Purple Mountain's Majesty
 Violet (Purple)


Color Key - Smooth Grain Leather

Smooth Leather Color          

Crayon  Color

 Fuchsia  Razzmatazz
 Pink  Mauvelous
 Navy  Midnight Blue
 Ocean  Denim
 Ultra Blue
 Dark Purple
 Royal Purple / Blue Violet
 Buckskin  Tumbleweed
 Yellow  Yellow
 Kiwi  Yellow Green
 Grass Green
 Forest Green
 Pine Green
 Orange  Red Orange
 Red  Brick Red
 Caramel  Burnt Sienna
 Nutmeg  Brown
 Chocolate  No good match!
 Black  Black
 White  White


Color Key - Ultrasuede

Ultrasuede Color                  

Crayon  Color

Green Apple
Granny Smith Apple
Ginger Snap
Raw Sienna
Red Scarlett
Carnation Pink
Royal Blue
Denim Blue



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