What's Your Vote? Running Shoe Update

Posted on April 11, 2010 by Soft Star Elves There have been 26 comment(s)

Soft Star Running Shoe

We have had a lot of great suggestions for names for our new minimal running shoe - thank you!! We narrowed it down to three and would love a vote on your favorite:

A. Barefleets (submitted by "ainulindale")
B. RunAmoc (submitted by "nathan")
C. Mocathon (submitted by "ainulindale")

It was hard to narrow the field to just three... there were so many creative ideas. (The choice was made slightly easier only because some names had already been trademarked for other products/companies.) Let us know what your vote is!

Soft Star Barefoot Running ShoesThe shoes will be available on our website starting April 28th. They will be available with two types of soles: street (2mm) and trail (5mm). We have tested approximately 10 different soles and chosen them based on the user feedback we have received. The soles are new and different than those we currently use on the Rambler or sandals, and are made in the USA by Vibram.

The shoes will be available in ventilated (pictured), smooth leather perforated uppers, or for colder winter climates we will have breathable suede uppers. There will be in-stock colors of black and brown as well as the ability to design-your-own for the more adventurous. We are working on a vegan option as well, but it may not be ready until a few weeks after the launch. You can wear them both with our without socks - although most testers preferred socks for longer trail runs.

The closure on the shoes is elastic with integrated lace to offer the ability to optimize to the desired tension. Once you have the shoes adjusted to where you desire, it is possible to slip them on and off without unlacing.

Running in Barefoot Shoes

Finally, thank you to all of you who offered to test the shoes for us! We really appreciate the offers and regret we did not have the resources to expand our testing base. For some sneak peeks at reviews by two of our testers, check out the following links with two different perspectives:

Donald, a minimal shoe trail running and ultra enthusiast. Check out the post at his blog runningandrambling.com.

Matt, a newer convert to minimal shoes. Check out his post at Matt's Big Blog.

Our sincere thanks to Donald, Ted, Mick, Matt, Tuck, Emily & Jay for testing and feedback, and to all our readers with great comments and questions via our blog and email.

This post was posted in On the Horizon, Running and was tagged with barefoot running, customer feedback, minimalist shoes, RunAmoc

26 Responses to What's Your Vote? Running Shoe Update

  • Nate says:

    My vote's for RunAmoc. These look sweet.

    Posted on April 11, 2010 at 10:02 AM

  • Mark says:

    My vote is RunaMoc. Also, can you post weight in oz's of standard size 9 or something along those lines?

    Posted on April 11, 2010 at 11:55 AM

  • Mark says:

    I vote for RunaMoc.<br /><br />Also, can you post the weight in oz&#39;s of say, size 9?<br /><br />Thanks<br /><br />-Mark

    Posted on April 11, 2010 at 11:55 AM

  • Mark says:

    Also, can you post the expected price of the in stock version and how much custom will be?<br /><br />Thanks and excited to support shoes made in USA (and even better, local to Oregon!).<br /><br />-Mark

    Posted on April 11, 2010 at 12:03 PM

  • RunAmoc!

    Posted on April 12, 2010 at 1:20 AM

  • Jennifer says:

    Mocathon is my vote. Runamoc is cool, but too close to runamok.<br /><br />I&#39;m also interested in pricing and weight. They look great.

    Posted on April 12, 2010 at 8:15 AM

  • Andrew says:

    These shoes are going to be awesome! My vote is for runamoc.

    Posted on April 12, 2010 at 9:28 AM

  • mariko says:


    Posted on April 12, 2010 at 9:43 AM

  • RunaMoc.<br /><br /> Can we pre-order vegan versions? I like the original green ones you first pictured.<br /><br /> Black running shoes always remind me of old men on the beach wearing their black socks and sandals.

    Posted on April 12, 2010 at 3:39 PM

  • I agree with <a href="http://www.runningandrambling.com/2010/04/soft-star-run-moc-release-update.html" rel="nofollow">Donald</a>. It&#39;s GOT to be RunAMoc

    Posted on April 13, 2010 at 1:59 AM

  • RunAmoc is my vote

    Posted on April 13, 2010 at 7:11 AM

  • Allen R says:


    Posted on April 13, 2010 at 10:19 AM

  • Sara says:

    Mocathon! waiting for them to be available.

    Posted on April 13, 2010 at 11:12 AM

  • Anonymous says:


    Posted on April 13, 2010 at 2:57 PM

  • Amy says:

    I vote for "barefleets"

    Posted on April 13, 2010 at 3:13 PM

  • Anonymous says:

    Run A Moc - running amok!

    Posted on April 13, 2010 at 3:38 PM

  • Anonymous says:

    I know its not one of the official choices, but I would call them the RunSoft.

    Posted on April 13, 2010 at 3:43 PM

  • Anonymous says:


    Posted on April 13, 2010 at 6:18 PM

  • Julle says:

    I vote for RunAmoc.<br /><br />PS. Donald sent me. :)

    Posted on April 13, 2010 at 11:58 PM

  • Maya says:

    RunaMoc! I&#39;m excited to try them out!

    Posted on April 14, 2010 at 5:08 PM

  • Julia says:


    Posted on April 16, 2010 at 6:54 PM

  • Anonymous says:

    RunaMoc definitely

    Posted on April 24, 2010 at 2:30 PM

  • Oscar says:

    I love the all mesh running shoe design! Run-A-Moc is my favorite name.

    Posted on April 24, 2010 at 2:31 PM

  • Steve says:

    I still like RunAmoc

    Posted on April 26, 2010 at 9:28 AM

  • Tricia says:

    Looks like RunAmoc is the clear winner both on the blog and on Facebook - Thanks for all the great feedback! Look for our launch on Wednesday, April 28th!<br /><br />Thanks!<br />The Elves

    Posted on April 26, 2010 at 8:04 PM

  • Just got my pair of RunAmocs. I really like them! I posted a quick write-up after my first run:<br />http://www.dailymile.com/people/Justin_P/entries/1752052

    Posted on May 11, 2010 at 10:57 AM


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