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  • How to Transition to Minimal Shoes (or Barefoot Running)

    Posted on September 15, 2016 by Elf Martin

    Switching to minimal shoes can be very liberating... if you do it safely.
    Although people may still debate over the benefits of minimal shoes and barefoot running, we remain strong advocates for both. So many customers have told us their foot pain disappeared and their cushy orthotics became unnecessary after switching to our barefoot-like shoes... [click title to read more]


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  • Dealing with Swelling Feet as You Get Older? Learn the Causes and Natural Treatments

    Posted on August 30, 2016 by Elf Martin

    Have you noticed that your feet and ankles tend to swell more often as the years go by? If so, then you're not alone. While anybody can develop a swollen foot or two, regardless of age, it tends to happen more frequently with older adults.
    Causes
    So what's going on when feet swell? Technically... [click title to read more]


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  • Progress Update on New Soft Star Workshop - August 2016

    Posted on August 25, 2016 by Elf Martin

    We're happy to announce that construction on the new Soft Star workshop is right on schedule!
    Last weekend, owners Tricia and Larkin hosted the first annual Soft Star staff picnic at Mary's River Park, located only a couple blocks from the new shop in Philomath, Oregon (about 6 miles west of... [click title to read more]


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  • Chukkas on Trails! Emily and Will Put Their Soft Stars to the Test

    Posted on August 19, 2016 by Elf Martin

    If you're an outdoor enthusiast, like many of our shoemaking elves, then western Oregon is a giant playground. We consider ourselves very fortunate to be within easy reach of mountains, oceans, rivers and moss-ridden forests that look like they belong in Middle Earth. Our location offers us a wealth of outdoor activities... [click title to read more]


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  • Walking 101: How to Walk Barefoot (or in Minimal Shoes)

    Posted on July 12, 2016 by Elf Martin

    I know, the title of this post may sound condescending. After all, you probably have a lot of experience walking—several decades, even. But bear with me, because even though I’ve been walking since the late 1970s I recently learned I wasn’t pulling it off as well as I thought.
    I had the honor... [click title to read more]


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  • Spring 2016 Playday at the Soft Star Workshop

    Posted on June 14, 2016 by Elf Martin

     
    It's that time again! Once or twice a year, we set aside a day to pause our serious work and let our staff delve into the creative projects of their choosing. The projects don't have be related to shoes in any way (though often they are, just because that's what we like) and... [click title to read more]


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  • Outdoor Adventure GIVEAWAY! Win $1000 of Gear from REI and Soft Star Shoes

    Posted on May 23, 2016 by Elf Martin

    UPDATE: Congratulations to Tanya from Orient, Ohio! She was randomly selected as the grand prize winner of this contest. Be sure you're subscribed to our email newsletter to learn about future giveaways!
    Okay summer adventurers, we have a super special treat for you this month!
    We're all about encouraging people to get active and... [click title to read more]


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