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Articles relating to minimal shoes, barefoot running, barefoot walking, barefoot hiking, and overall health and development of the foot.

  • 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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  • How to Treat and Cure Foot Cramps

    Posted on March 29, 2016 by Elf Martin

    Do you suffer from foot cramps? If so, then you’re not alone. Cramping feet and toes are extremely common, especially in our modern culture (for reasons stated below). It can be a painful condition that may interfere with your ability to relax, sleep or exercise.
    Fortunately, there’s hope.
    Our favorite podiatrist, Dr... [click title to read more]


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  • Study: Shoe Orthotics Do NOT Prevent Back Pain, But Exercise Does!

    Posted on February 1, 2016 by Elf Martin

    Want to Stay Out of the Chiropractor's Office? It May Be Easier Than You Think...
    Like many people, I've had my share of lower back pain. For me, it started way back in high school. I threw my back out playing lacrosse and spent most of my senior summer lying on... [click title to read more]


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  • Stand Up for Your Health! 4 Tips You Should Know About Standing Desks

    Posted on January 6, 2016 by Elf Jana

    Soft Star's Marketing Team Dishes on the Highs and Lows of Standing Desks

    I love my job. I'm fortunate enough to come to work every day in a fun, passionate workspace and dream-up creative ways to get the word out about a company that I truly believe improves lives. Even more... [click title to read more]


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  • Got Cold Feet? Those "Killer" Shoes Could Actually Be Deadly!

    Posted on July 30, 2015 by Elf Jana

    Many of the ladies out there (myself among them) have succumbed to the misguided date-night allure of a pair of dainty, peep-toed high-heels. You’re sitting at the table, waiting for your appetizer and wondering if your dining companion has noticed how great your legs look, when suddenly your downward-drifting gaze... [click title to read more]


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  • Biomechanist and Author Katy Bowman Visits Soft Star Shoes

    Posted on July 10, 2015 by Elf Martin

    We were honored yesterday to have a special visitor at the Soft Star workshop.
    Katy Bowman. M.S. has earned an international reputation for educating the general population on alignment and load science. She has written several books about restoring health through natural movement and the importance of healthy feet. She is... [click title to read more]


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