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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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  • Celebrating Movement with Katy Bowman

    Posted on November 9, 2016 by Elf Martin

    If you're not already familiar with Katy Bowman then I highly recommend looking her up—especially if you crave a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle. The renowned biomechanist has published several books on natural movement and human development, and her research has been a big inspiration for our shoe designers at Soft Star... [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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  • Soft Star Shoes Ranks as One of Oregon's Top 10 Greenest Companies!

    Posted on June 2, 2016 by Elf Jana

    Soft Star continues its award streak, ranking 10th among Oregon Business's 100 Best Green Workplaces 

    Wow, what a spring it’s been here at the workshop! Just this past March, Soft Star was selected from over 230 entrants to be named one of the “100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon”... [click title to read more]


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  • Flashback: Soft Star Shoes Takes 1985 by Storm

    Posted on May 18, 2016 by Elf Martin

    Ready for a little trip back to the days of jean jackets, Rubik's cubes and Max Headroom? Crank your DeLorean up to 88, because here we go ...
    Soft Star founder Tim Oliver recently came to me holding an overflowing folder he found while cleaning his house. "You can have these if... [click title to read more]


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  • Why Do We Pinch People and Wear Green on St. Patrick's Day?

    Posted on March 16, 2016 by Elf Martin

    We always know St. Patick's Day is close when we see an influx of green shoe orders come through our workshop!

    This year is extra special with our limited edition Shamrock RunAmocs, courtesy of Elf Katie's wicked sewing and embroidery skills:

    While most of the folks in our shop have plans to... [click title to read more]


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  • Soft Star Shoes Ranks Among "100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon"

    Posted on March 10, 2016 by Elf Martin

    We were honored by Oregon Business this month to be voted one of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon!

    Of course, this comes as no surprise to us. Between playdays, the ability to bring children to work, occasional trips to the amusement park and general everyday explosions of creativity... [click title to read more]


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