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  • Softstar Named One of the Top Greenest Companies in Oregon… Again!

    Posted on June 22, 2017 by Elf Alison

    As you might know, in 2016 we at Softstar were honored to be named one of the top 10 Greenest Companies in Oregon (#10) by Oregon Business. This year, we are so excited to be included in the category AGAIN coming in 13th place for 2017! With so many amazing... [click title to read more]


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  • Elves Move Animals! Softstar's Carousel Adventure

    Posted on June 20, 2017 by Elf Martin

    The Softstar shoemaking elves are always on the lookout for opportunities to get involved with local community projects. We occasionally close the shop for part of a day to allow our staff to volunteer for causes they support. When we learned that the nearby town of Albany, Oregon needed help... [click title to read more]


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  • The Best Travel Shoes Are Comfortable, Lightweight and Versatile

    Posted on June 6, 2017 by Elf Shelley

    The other day, I was flipping through some old photos from a vacation to France I’d taken with my best friend when I was in my early 20s. It was an unforgettable trip of visiting famous landmarks and museums, eating great food, and doing LOTS and lots of walking. I... [click title to read more]


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  • Softstar Celebrates Earth Day

    Posted on April 21, 2017 by Elf Martin

    Every time April 22 rolls around, we are encouraged to remember just how precious and amazing the Earth is. From taking a hike with a friend to tending to your garden, there are SO many ways to appreciate our planet... [click title to read more]

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  • Work Slippers: A Growing Trend in Workplace Comfort

    Posted on April 3, 2017 by Elf Shelley

    At most modern offices, professional clothes and dressy shoes are the norm for employees. Conventional wisdom says this stiff formal attire reflects the seriousness with which workers regard their jobs... but what’s the first thing a person does after getting home from a long day at the office? Answer: enthusiastically shed the... [click title to read more]


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  • Kids on Wheels: Roller Skating History of the Softstar Workshop

    Posted on February 22, 2017 by Elf Martin

    Have we mentioned how much we LOVE LOVE LOVE our new shoemaking workshop?
    As much as we adored our former space, we've really come to appreciate having a ground floor loading door, ample elbow room and an abundance of windows... but those are just the beginning of what makes our new... [click title to read more]


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  • Natural Learning Pt 2: Katy Bowman Shares Her Family's Outdoor School Experiences

    Posted on November 21, 2016 by Elf Jana

    In our previous "Natural Learning" post, we explored the rise of outdoor schools, or "forest kindergartens," across America (and their origins abroad). Even after all that research, we still had some questions about what it's really like to opt into this alternative learning setting. We asked Soft Star's good friend and natural... [click title to read more]


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