NEW! 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.
- 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.
For detailed instructions on how to measure your child's foot, please click here to view our sizing guide.
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, 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.
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:
Color Key - Suede
|Chocolate|| Brown / Sepia
|Honey|| Burnt Sienna
|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
|Navy|| Midnight Blue
| Ultra Blue
| Dark Purple
||Royal Purple / Blue Violet|
|Kiwi|| Yellow Green
| Grass Green
| Forest Green
|| Pine Green
|Orange|| Red Orange
|Red|| Brick Red
|Caramel|| Burnt Sienna
|Chocolate|| No good match!
Color Key - Ultrasuede
||Granny Smith Apple|