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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.


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. You can use this chart to see how our sizes have changed:

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 3 Child Size 4 Child Size 5 Child Size 6 Child Size 7 Child Size 8 Child Size 9 Child Size 10 Child Size 11 Child 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

crayola crayonsClick 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

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


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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