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DYO Child Classic with Laces

One of the first Soft Star shoe designs! Perfect year-round when you want a closed shoe to keep out sand, dirt or water. Features lace closure.

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  • Indoor/outdoor shoe
  • Natural leather is formaldehyde-free and colored with non-toxic dye.
  • Classic lace ties
  • Can be worn with or without socks.
  • Rubber sole is thin, flexible and durable.
  • Naturally water resistant
  • Handcrafted in USA.
  • 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.

One of the first Soft Star shoe designs! Perfect year-round when you want a closed shoe to keep out sand, dirt or water. Our smooth (full grain) leather uppers are naturally water resistant. Thin and flexible rubber soles allow natural foot movement and development in a durable outdoor play shoe. This shoe features our classic tie laces.

The sole for this shoe will vary depending on the size you order:

Soft Star Kids Shoe Soles


nice shoesReview by Jul E
Nice shoes for our soon to be 18 month old son. He loves them, especially the laces, because mommy and daddy have shoelaces too. I do wonder of they will be warm enough in winter though. We'll see. (Posted on 10/22/15)
lovely shoesReview by morri
These are lovely shoes. I bought them originally as a replacement for her worn out(sole only) mocs, as the forests trails wear and tear proved too much for them. but I realized that these ones are not the best for sunny days at autumn winter as the opening at the side it too deep. (my daughter has high arches and the opening at the side is at the same height as her arch top so they are like sandals with closed toes basically. We do love them nevertheless and wear them for normal street shoes instead of play(school) shoes.

(Posted on 10/11/15)
Adorable!Review by Augie
I recently bought a size 6 for my 1-year-old son. They are so adorable, even his grandparents remarked how cute they are. He has only had them for 2 weeks so I cannot say anything about wear and tear. However, they appear VERY well-made and fit him perfectly. I am also so proud that these shoes are made in the USA. (Posted on 10/3/15)
excellent shoesReview by Arlene
We bought our daughter these in blue and LOVE them. We get compliments every time she wears them, and they're as flexible as promised. I feel good having her growing feet in a shoe that gives her such a natural movement. Off to buy the next size up. (Posted on 9/29/15)
Great shoes.Review by Another driftless Mom
When I ordered these, school was starting in just a few days and Soft Star got them out to me super fast - GREAT service! They are everything I wanted - a good sole that allows for barefoot motion of the foot, with laces to perfect the art of tying, and an awesome price. They are ALSO everything my daughter wanted - pretty, cozy wool on this inside, and great for running and climbing. I ordered these with the leather laces, which seem to be a bit more challenging for her to learn to tie, and that has slowed her down a bit during in/out transitions at school, but once she gets it down she'll be a master shoe-tier. :) Originally I ordered these for outdoor use, but then realized that the top has a lot more openings (due to the design to accommodate shoe laces) which can allow for debris to fall into the shoes, so I decided to keep these for inside use. Since her school has her wear a set of inside shoes and a different set of outside shoes, it was easy for me to make that adjustment. :) (Posted on 9/23/15)
Beautiful, reliable, durableReview by Ali
We have two pairs of these in the green and red. We also have a purple that is a size too big for the next few months. I really do love these but am reviewing for the purpose of helping any other Aussies out. I had difficulty interpreting the size guide and ordered the larger size the first time around. My daughter is a size AU 8 and fits into the 9 in these perfectly.
Really can't recommend these enough. (Posted on 8/25/15)
Cute and ComfyReview by MorAvFire
Not only are these shoes adorable on.... they give you the feeling of times gone by when children wore sweet little handmade shoes and not mass produced tennis shoes etc. But, they are also very comfortable. The kids have not taken them off since we received them. By following the updated sizing chart the shoes fit perfectly. Do not be alarmed if they seem a bit snug the first few days, they settle in wonderfully and fit just as they were promised to. (Posted on 8/13/15)
Fabulous!Review by Victoria
I bought these for my daughter after being frustrated with 'conventional' shoes. Even the ones advertised as flexible still had pointed toes, arch support etc. The sole on her Soft stars is incredibly flexible, the leather is butterfly soft, and they are adorable! I was worried about the laces digging into her skin but we have not had that issue! The leather is almost water resistent so she can wear these on wet days instead of big, clunky hard rain boots! People are always saying how comfy the shoes look, and how sweet they look too! Very happy I found this company. It's almost time to order the next size up! (Posted on 6/26/14)
Beautiful shoes!Review by Rebecca
Very well made and just what I wanted! Cannot wait to give these to my son for his first birthday! We did try them on already and they fit great! I came back today to order a pair or each of my other kids. :) (Posted on 5/7/14)
A hit wherever we go!Review by Erika
Both of my kids (ages 1.5 and 4.5) adore their shoes, and were especially excited to pick their favorite colors. Watching them climb and run, I can see how their feet and toes move the way nature intended, and my older son's complaints of leg muscle aches at night seem to have decreased since switching to soft star shoes.
The only thing I would improve would be longer laces for kids size 11 and up -- the laces are the perfect length for my youngest's size 7 shoe, but a little short to tie my eldest's in a double knot.
I would also love if we could pick our own colors for the Velcro version like we can for the ties.

Note from Soft Star Elves:
Hi Erika - please drop us a note or ring - we would be happy to send you longer laces, no charge! Also, you can Design Your Own Classic with Velcro - we would be happy to help you with this, as well. Thanks for the review! (Posted on 4/14/14)
They will last until they are outgrown.Review by Missy
We have 3 Soft Stars (2 sandals & 1 shoe) in our family and I am ready to purchase another. We get constant compliments and questions of where we bought them, which I love to pass along. Hooray for made in the USA! The children love to design their own shoes and make it a point when telling others. It's artwork you wear on your feet! (Posted on 10/13/13)
Love These!Review by J.
This is the 2nd pair of these shoes I have ordered for my daughter. They are so well made and so cute ... I wish that they made them in my size! (Posted on 3/12/13)
Great little boy shoe!Review by Megi and Sam
I was a little worried these weren't going to look "boyish" enough on my son but once I put them on they looked so adorable, like a little old fashioned boy. He was angry at first that I made him take off his sandals, but once he stomped around the house in his new shoes he was so pleased I couldn't coax them off of him at bedtime. I almost can't wait for him to outgrow them so I can get him a pair in another color. (Posted on 11/1/12)

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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. Keep the following points in mind:


  • Wiggle/growing room is already taken into account.
  • If your child is on the border between two sizes then we recommend the larger size.

HEADS UP: We updated our child and baby sizing chart in March 2015. If you purchased our kids' shoes before this date then we recommend re-measuring your child's feet:

Baby and Child Shoe Size Chart


SANDAL SIZING: Our child sandals tend to run big since they are open-toed and open-heeled.We recommend ordering one size smaller than the recommended size for sandals.


BOOT SIZING: Boots tend to run small due to sheepskin lining and (often) thicker socks. It is usually safe to go up at least one size when buying Soft Star boots for your child.  The North Star is a more "fitted" style, so order a wide if you plan to wear with thick socks or if you want a roomy fit.


MOCCASIN NOTES: The good thing about soft, moccasin-style shoes (like the Roo or Viley) is that extra length is generally not a problem, so you can often buy with growing room. Your child's foot will slide right to the front of our moccasins and the excess length will be in the back behind their ankle—no worries about tripping over extra length at the toe. Think of it like a glove for their feet. The moc style shoe is very forgiving if too big, which is a good thing if you are on a budget.


If your child has thick or chubby feet, be sure to indicate you need a wide width. If your child has EXTRA wide feet, please read this.



Additional Printable Tools for BABY and CHILD Sizes:


Want more detail for sizing kids, including width? We also have these printiable giudes for individual baby and child sizes. Click on the appropriate size.. 


Once printed,  double check to verify the ruler on the page matches identically to your own ruler at home. If they are off by even the slightest amount then this guide will not work. You can always contact us and ask us to mail you the general kid sizing guide, too.


HEADS UP: We updated our child and baby sizing chart in March 2015. The charts below have been updated to reflect the new changes:


Baby Size 2Baby Size 3Child Size 4Child Size 5Child Size 6Child Size 7Child Size 8Child Size 9Child Size 10Child Size 11Child Size 12


Note: before you print these guides, 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."

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

Elf Moc










Color Key: Suede Leather

Suede Color

Crayon Color

Chocolate Brown / Sepia
Honey Burnt Sienna
Burgundy Chestnut
Tan Raw Sienna
Mustard 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
Purple Violet (Purple)



Color Key: Smooth Nova Leather

Nova Color

Crayon Color

Ocean Denim
Yellow Yellow
Grass Green
Orange Red Orange
Red Brick Red
Nutmeg Brown
Black Black
White White


Care Tips for Full Grain Leather Shoes


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.


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).


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*. 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.

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 twice a day.



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