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  • What's Up with That Giant Green Corkscrew? New Workshop Update - October 2016

    Posted on October 19, 2016 by Elf Martin

    On a chilly Oregon morning last week, moments after we opened up the shop, we received an urgent phone call. A long-awaited delivery truck had just arrived at the new workshop location and several hands were needed immediately to unload its contents. All non-essential elves rose to the challenge, left their sewing machines... [click title to read more]

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  • New Study Shows Minimal Shoes Increase Leg and Foot Muscles

    Posted on October 13, 2016 by Elf Martin

    A New Study From Harvard and PolyU Reveals Minimalist Shoes Make Your Legs and Feet Stronger, Decrease Chance of Injury
    The public debate over minimalist shoes has been on a roller coaster for several years now, but perhaps not for much longer.
    Although minimalist shoes for kids have been popular for several decades (we've made a... [click title to read more]

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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.
    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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