Soft Star Style Bulletin: Chukkas Are Coming!

Posted on June 8, 2015 by Elf Jana There have been 52 comment(s)

Here’s a sneak-peek at our long-awaited, ultra-versatile chukka, coming your way Fall of 2015!

Soft Star's upcoming ankle boot

You asked for it: a simple, minimal shoe that can take you from city streets to country trails, stylish enough to dress-up without sacrificing Soft Star’s signature, stripped-down comfort. We listened, and our Elves are on the case!

Visions of simplicity aside, designing the perfect, basic ankle boot is no easy “feet”. One of our biggest challenges was to create a toe box; we wanted to give toes space to spread and flex without using lasts while also avoiding lots of toe seams that would comprise the clean style lines we desired. Many versions later, we believe we’ve found that sweet spot:

Soft Star's upcoming boot in cordovan

We are also experimenting with some new leathers from the Chicago Tannery…we’re loving their cordovan and oil-tanned beige!

Soft Star’s newest shoe (official name to come!) is tentatively set to be released in October 2015. Be sure to stay tuned for further updates, and please let us know what you think. After all, the whole point of our hard work is to create something you’ll love :)

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52 Responses to Soft Star Style Bulletin: Chukkas Are Coming!

  • Megi
    Megi says:

    I want these so badly...I can't wait.

    Posted on June 8, 2015 at 1:11 PM

  • Hofwijks
    Hofwijks says:

    Absolutely awesome! Very beautiful!

    Posted on June 8, 2015 at 6:37 PM

  • Emily
    Emily says:

    I'm so excited about these! What a great addition they will make to your line of products, and my wardrobe ;)

    Posted on June 8, 2015 at 9:20 PM

  • Grace
    Grace says:

    I'm so excited and can't wait!!!

    Posted on June 9, 2015 at 5:24 AM

  • Alex
    Alex says:

    Are these unisex?

    Posted on June 10, 2015 at 10:10 AM

  • Dave
    Dave says:

    i really like the look of these!

    It's hard to tell from these pics, but does the big toe sea curve in too much? It looks like it may be a narrow toe box, which would rule them out for me.

    Posted on June 10, 2015 at 10:11 AM

  • Chrissy
    Chrissy says:

    These are fantastic! Is there any way to pre-order them? I would love to put in my order if possible!

    Posted on June 10, 2015 at 10:25 AM

  • Ben
    Ben says:

    Let me know if you need any beta testers! ;)

    Posted on June 10, 2015 at 10:27 AM

  • Tenka says:

    I'd have to see the soles, I hope they don't have stitching on the bottoms.

    Posted on June 10, 2015 at 10:28 AM

  • Patrick
    Patrick says:

    I'm eager for these to be available. I wear Runamocs to/for work most of the time, when I can. But New England weather sometimes makes that impossible -- too cold or too wet. These nameless chukkas look like exactly what I've been wishing for.

    Not until October? PLEASE, no later! I'll order them ASAP.

    Posted on June 10, 2015 at 10:28 AM

  • Ryan
    Ryan says:

    I'll definitely be getting myself a pair!

    Posted on June 10, 2015 at 10:30 AM

  • Jerrie Barber
    Jerrie Barber says:

    Looking forward. It looks like my next celebration shoes. I've been buying a paid of minimal shoes for every 1,000 miles I run barefooted. That's what I do with the money I save from not buying running shoes!

    Posted on June 10, 2015 at 10:46 AM

  • Kerstin
    Kerstin says:

    I love the look - the dark brown is gorgeous! Looking forward to getting a pair this Fall. :-)

    Posted on June 10, 2015 at 10:46 AM

  • Jerrie Barber
    Jerrie Barber says:

    I like the looks of these. They look like my next pair of reward shoes. I buy a pair of minimal shoes for every 1,000 miles of running barefooted. That's what I do with the money I save from not buying running shoes!

    Posted on June 10, 2015 at 10:48 AM

  • Ray ray
    Ray ray says:

    Please please please offer in size 15 extra wide

    Posted on June 10, 2015 at 10:49 AM

  • Cassy
    Cassy says:

    These look amazing!!! I've been looking for a barefoot chukka and the ones I've tried so far don't fit well at all. I am so excited to try yours because I know they will be as comfy as your other shoes. If you made a knee high boot I'd probably never buy anywhere else...

    Posted on June 10, 2015 at 11:00 AM

  • Kelly Holman
    Kelly Holman says:

    I struggle to find shoes with enough toe space and no pressure points. If the toe box were as big as the Phoenix boot, I would definitely be able to wear this!

    Posted on June 10, 2015 at 11:10 AM

  • KenZ
    KenZ says:

    Wow. I'd been bugging ya'll for an oxford-ish variant so I had something a bit more 'normal' for the workplace. These would do it! Please make a version with the thin leather sole if possible; I have one pair with the leather sole, and one with the vibram, and I like the leather better.

    Either way, I'm totally excited about these!

    Posted on June 10, 2015 at 11:20 AM

  • Natalie
    Natalie says:

    So excited!

    Posted on June 10, 2015 at 11:29 AM

  • Nate
    Nate says:

    Those look awesome! If you need any testers, I'm willing!

    Posted on June 10, 2015 at 11:34 AM

  • Erin
    Erin says:

    I am ready!! And in time for fall!

    Posted on June 10, 2015 at 11:36 AM

  • Geoff
    Geoff says:

    Love it!

    Posted on June 10, 2015 at 11:51 AM

  • Just what the doc ordered
    Just what the doc ordered says:

    Great addition. I run a sole (haha) operation treating people with chemical sensitivities. My patients' symptoms have improved with use of your shoes with vegetable dyes and no chrome.

    Most of them utilize your light-colored shoes or shoes with light-colored leather lining (grey or white), report increased symptoms from the darker colors, both due to skin contact and stronger scent.

    A large percentage of my patients now have expressed looking for boots.

    These patients require a heel without rigidity, due to tender Achilles'. These boots might work for them if the Achilles' area is softer and seamless (some patients report pain with the Ballerine) and if the darker boots have option for lighter-colored lining (grey or white) or if there are lighter color options to select (pale tan, pale pink, pale purple, etc.).

    Two patients have reported

    Posted on June 10, 2015 at 12:15 PM

  • Barb
    Barb says:

    Excited about Chukkas!

    Posted on June 10, 2015 at 1:03 PM

  • Beth G
    Beth G says:

    Please make them in women's sizes too!

    Posted on June 10, 2015 at 1:06 PM

  • Alex
    Alex says:

    YAAAASSSS!!! I cannot wait for these to be released!

    Posted on June 10, 2015 at 1:36 PM

  • Nancy
    Nancy says:

    Awesome addition...you guys ROCK!!!

    Posted on June 10, 2015 at 3:36 PM

  • Tonya
    Tonya says:

    They are beautiful!! Can't wait to own a pair! Perfect for Florida winter.

    Posted on June 10, 2015 at 3:58 PM

  • Tyan
    Tyan says:

    Are these going to be available for children as well? I would love to buy a pair for my daughter.

    Posted on June 10, 2015 at 5:21 PM

  • Ruth
    Ruth says:

    Very interested, this looks perfect for us office drones. I love your ballerina flats, but if I want to keep the sun or cold off my feet in the season's extremes, these would be great.

    Posted on June 10, 2015 at 5:23 PM

  • Sarah
    Sarah says:

    I'd love these in kid's sizes! Most schools around here have strict dress codes and these would fit the bill!

    Posted on June 10, 2015 at 7:26 PM

  • Jono
    Jono says:

    Leather sole with these please!!

    Would be an amazing addition to have an earthing shoe for hiking, stylish enough to wear in the city. Leather sole would make this the perfect shoe!

    Posted on June 10, 2015 at 9:45 PM

  • Christina
    Christina says:

    These look perfect, and will be great for the winter cold.

    Posted on June 10, 2015 at 11:01 PM

  • Stephen
    Stephen says:

    I also want to see a leather sole!

    On the same note I hope they come in 2mm Vibram sole and in black (work requirement for black shoes)

    Super excited about these.

    Posted on June 11, 2015 at 12:02 AM

  • Jason
    Jason says:

    These are absolutely beautiful. Can't wait to get my pairs!!! And yes I said pairs.

    Posted on June 11, 2015 at 5:36 AM

  • Steph
    Steph says:

    EXACTLY what I've been looking and hoping for! Gorgeous -- and much less expensive that the Vivo Barefoot Porto boots I have, but stunning. Can't wait can't wait!

    Posted on June 11, 2015 at 9:25 AM

  • Dewey
    Dewey says:

    These look great and I'll be a willing tester and buyer! Just what I was trying to describe in your questionnaire.
    Thanks!

    Posted on June 11, 2015 at 7:15 PM

  • Richard
    Richard says:

    Wide widths?

    Posted on June 14, 2015 at 7:50 PM

  • JD
    JD says:

    Awesome! Will be getting a pair.

    Posted on June 15, 2015 at 4:44 AM

  • Glenda
    Glenda says:

    Please tell me these will be available in wide width!! I can't wait to order these.

    Posted on June 15, 2015 at 6:13 AM

  • Mark
    Mark says:

    Great idea! These look like they would be perfect for wearing to work. Thanks

    Posted on June 16, 2015 at 10:52 AM

  • Kirra
    Kirra says:

    They look great! I'm really hoping that even if it is only a custom option that they will be available with a leather sole. It seems that the design may need some modification for that, but I know myself and the other leather sole lovers would think it is well worth a few extra dollars for how comfortable the leather soles are.

    Posted on June 17, 2015 at 1:42 PM

  • Gayle Feibel
    Gayle Feibel says:

    Can't wait to get these for me and my husband. If they are as comfortable as they are stylish it will be foot heaven. Congratulations on a beautiful design. I surely hope you will have them in the youth larger sizes as that is what I need.

    Posted on June 22, 2015 at 3:24 PM

  • Hollie B.
    Hollie B. says:

    Ooh awesome - hope they are available for kids size and in all colours.

    Posted on July 3, 2015 at 9:13 PM

  • Matteo Quadrino
    Matteo Quadrino says:

    I hope you put the bullhide leather sole option on these... and also wide width!

    Posted on July 21, 2015 at 6:56 AM

  • Michael
    Michael says:

    These look really great - especially the cordovan version!

    Posted on July 24, 2015 at 4:42 PM

  • Chris
    Chris says:

    I hope you will offer wide with, otherwise, I will not be able to order.
    They look beautiful.

    Posted on August 13, 2015 at 4:27 PM

  • Elf Martin
    Elf Martin says:

    No worries, Chris, wide and narrow widths will be available!

    Posted on August 14, 2015 at 9:05 AM

  • chris kazaam
    chris kazaam says:

    Nice BUT the sole is waaaay to big. The whole point is to minimalize the sole.

    Posted on September 16, 2015 at 3:02 PM

  • Elf Jana
    Elf Jana says:

    Hi Chris K.! Glad you like the general look of the Hawthorne. While the sole may appear to be similar in thickness to other chukka-style shoes, it's actually an ultra-light, super-flexible, low-density Vibram Geo sole with EXCELLENT ground feel! We've been using this same soling on other minimal styles, such as the Phoenix Boot and Portlander, for years and have found it to be extremely popular with our barefoot-loving customers. You might have to feel it to believe it, so don't knock it 'til you try it ;)

    Posted on September 21, 2015 at 10:14 AM

  • Paula
    Paula says:

    Nice work! This would look great in burgundy or red. The next step for you could be the dress shoe, so lower ankle with Cherry sole and oxfordish style, like Vivobarefoot Lisbon, but women size. I've been searching that kind of shoes for years and all shoes are too narrow or they are only for men. I need oxfords with my black trousers and they would look nice with skirts too. So please, here my wish:)

    Posted on September 28, 2015 at 4:20 AM

  • Elf Martin
    Elf Martin says:

    Thanks Paula! I'm glad you like them. And I'm happy to say that we will have a burgundy-colored chukka in our line!

    Posted on September 30, 2015 at 8:56 AM

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