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DYO Adult Metro

Our Metro design features a clean and elegant appearance that is ideal for both casual wear or dressier occasions.

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  • Interior seam for classy, fashionable look.
  • Choose between 4mm Vibram rubber Cherry sole or our natural bullhide leather sole (formerly called "tough leather 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.

Choose your own colors and motifs to personalize this fashionable shoe for any occasion. Closure options include a real buckle or a Velcro strap with a faux buckle that can be easily removed for a simpler look.

The sole for this shoe can be made with either our 4mm Vibram Cherry sole or our natural tough leather sole. The 4mm Vibram Cherry sole used on this shoe is lightweight with excellent abrasion and slip-resistant characteristics—comfortable, yet durable for everyday use. Our tough leather sole is thinner, more flexible and provides a wide range of barefoot movement with excellent groundfeel. Note: the tough leather sole may become very slippery on surfaces that are smooth and wet.

Interested in a sheepskin innersole for this shoe? Click here!


Excellent Shoes!!Review by echoecho
I was looking for a shoe that was barefoot style, yet stylish enough to wear with my non tennis shoe outfits. These are just that. They fit perfect out of the box, no break in time needed. I have no pain with all day wear. They are beautifully crafted with a roomy and very comfortable toe box. The interior seam gives them such a fashionable look. Also, the customer service here is unrivaled. The elves were patient, friendly, and helpful all throughout! I'll definitely be buying from here again in the future. (Posted on 3/18/15)
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I have worn these multiple times a week for over a year now and they have not fallen apart. Some of the inside leather has come off and the edges look worn. They look very good considering I've travelled around Europe, climbed rocks, walked in a lot of rain and snow (with socks), and even welded in them. I wear them in any season. I would recommend them to anyone-especially the dark purple color. (Posted on 2/21/15)
Best shoes ever!Review by Michelle
I just got these shoes today and I am thrilled with them! I find most shoes uncomfortable and always take shoes off when I'm home. When I put these on, I didn't want to take them off though! The leather feels really soft and luxurious. I can understand how another reviewer fell asleep wearing these shoes. I got the bullhide leather sole, and it feels just as good as I'd hoped. These are as comfortable as a good slipper, but they look really cute too. Also, I recently bought Correct Toes from another website but didn't have any shoes I could wear them with. I ended up ordering two other shoes from different companies and am returning them because they are not comfortable, but these Metros are just what I was looking for! Furthermore, the elves made the shoes really fast and also called me the moment I placed the order because I made a mistake describing the colors I wanted. I am extremely pleased with both he quality of the work and the customer service. Now I just can't wait to order more once I save up some more money. (Posted on 4/12/14)
better than everReview by Elf-lover
I have a pair of the original Merry Jane Metro and now on of the new slimmed-down versions, this time with a leather sole. They are amazing! Perfect! The new cut is much more flattering on, although I like the originals quite well, and with the leather sole they are like wearing socks, but less slippery. (Posted on 11/5/13)
Barefoot wonder Review by Hannah
I recently purchased my first pair of soft stars, I got the DIY merry jane metros with the leather soles. My feet have never felt better! I have 'flat feet' and work doesn't feel like I'm at work anymore. I was skeptical about spending the money for shoes I have never tried before but I am so glad I did! I am building muscle in my ankles and toes which I never thought was possible. These are so comfortable and I almost don't want to take them off. I will definitely be a repeat customer. Thank you Elves for making these wonderful shoes. (Posted on 9/26/13)
I'm In LOVEReview by Gerri
So I learned about Soft Star shoes on the Barefoot Running Movie... I looked them up on line and saw the Merry Jane Metro. I decided to design my own. I received them on Wednesday and decided to wear them to work on Friday. They are the most comfortable shoe I have ever worn in my life! I work in a large office where comfortable shoes are a must. I found these shoes to be perfect with my business casual attire. I opted for the tough leather soles which actually give you a lot more traction than I originally anticipated. My family really likes them a lot also, and a few of my family members have decided to design their own leather soled shoes also. I plan on purchasing another pair of the black Merry Jane Metros very soon. I highly recommend these shoes to anyone who is looking for a comfortable classy way to go 'barefoot' and be connected to the earth. Truly the best shoes I have EVER purchased!!! (Posted on 6/16/13)
Great shoes but still not dressy enough. Review by barefootjunkie
I purchased some of these hoping they would work as a dressier option to go with suits or skirts. I usually can wear whatever I want at work and go around in my VFF's, my Roos, or my Ramblers, but it is not so acceptable at court or in meetings! I DYO's a smooth black pair with a buckle.

Unfortunately, while they were super comfortable, they were very wide at the forefoot and gave me the look of duck feet. They still looked a bit too much like slippers (like, say, my Roos) to pass outside of that casual wear use into more professional wear. While the originals are also casual, their construction means they don't give that floppy forefoot look that the Metro's do.

On the plus side, they were very comfortable and had plenty of room for a sheepskin insole (which I love!). Lots of room for my toes to splay out fully. The leather, stitching and construction was high quality. The cherry rubber sole surprised me as it was quite a bit heavier than their other soles, more so than I would normally like, but it was clearly very durable and would last likely much longer than their regular Merry Jane sole or tough leather soles would. Really grippy too!

I did end up sending them back as they were not what I was looking for at this time and they are quite expensive for a shoe that did not satisfy an opening in my shoe closet, but I can see buying them again in the future to add to my already plentiful barefoot/minimalist casual shoe wardrobe as they really were quite comfortable!

(Posted on 3/27/13)

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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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