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  • Maker's Wild Documentary: Go Behind the Scenes at Soft Star Shoes

    Posted on May 9, 2013 by Elf Martin

    Several weeks ago, we were approached by a group of young documentary filmmakers who were interested in our company background and shoemaking process. They were working on a project to profile companies handcrafting goods in the Pacific Northwest and asked if they could visit us and film the action in... [click title to read more]

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  • Are High Heels Giving You Hammer Toes? Tips for Prevention and Treatment

    Posted on May 8, 2013 by Elf Martin

    If you're familiar with Soft Star's footwear philosophy then you probably already know we're not fans of shoes that place form over function. We understand that many women wear high heels and tight shoes as fashion choices, but we also see the damaging effects these shoes have on our customers... [click title to read more]

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  • Intrigued by Barefoot Running? Start this Weekend with International Barefoot Running Day!

    Posted on May 2, 2013 by Elf Martin

    This Cinco de Mayo, you're encouraged to kick off your shoes and run like a child!
    The Barefoot Runners Society (BRS) announced its 3rd annual International Barefoot Running Day to take place on May 5, 2013. Held on the first Sunday in May, Barefoot Running Day is a grassroots, inclusive effort... [click title to read more]

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  • Are Those Shoes Made of Wood?

    Posted on April 26, 2013 by Elf Martin

    How would you like some nice wood paneling on your shoes? No, we're not modeling our shoes after my father's 1978 station wagon, but we do have another woody feature: cork!
    Cork! Gold speckles glimmering in the light.

    We recently acquired a special limited supply of decorative cork-lined fabric. This thin... [click title to read more]

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  • Wikler's Quest for Healthy Children's Feet

    Posted on April 23, 2013 by Elf Martin

    In a recent blog post about Barefoot Pioneers, we recognized some of the people who stood up against popular opinion to show the world the benefits of natural foot function and the dangers of restrictive, inhibiting shoes. One of the pioneers we mentioned, Dr. Simon J. Wikler, seems to be... [click title to read more]

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  • Michael Sandler Visit and Workshop – Barefoot Walking Book Review and GIVEAWAY!

    Posted on April 18, 2013 by Elf Martin

    Walking Lesson
    We're big fans of Michael Sandler at Soft Star. We met the barefoot guru and his wife, Jessica Lee, shortly after they released their first book, Barefoot Running, in 2011. Several members of our staff befriended the happy couple after attending one of their touring workshops, and they visited... [click title to read more]

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  • Thinking of Boston

    Posted on April 17, 2013 by Elf Martin

    We're still processing the events that occurred during the Boston Marathon, and the recovery efforts that will continue for some time. Over the past several months, we've been in touch with many runners as they prepared for the famous and challenging race. It was an exciting time and we were... [click title to read more]

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