Adult Merry Jane - Black / White

We call it our "Merry" Jane because it makes feet so happy! This shoe was designed to be your go-to everyday footwear—comfortable and stylish!

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Prices starting at $85.00

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  • Flexible, minimal Vibram rubber sole molds to your foot.
  • Buckle closure for adjustable fit.
  • Choose from our stock colors or design your own!
  • Handcrafted in USA from premium, formaldehyde-free leathers.

The minimal, flexible design of this shoe allows natural foot function with a buckle closure for an adjustable fit. We hear from many women who tell us their foot pain disappears when they put on these Merry Janes! Made with our signature premium full grain leather and durable Vibram soles.

Interested in a sheepskin innersole for this shoe? Click here!

Note: in the past, our adult Merry Jane shoes featured a faux buckle with a Velcro strap. Our current model comes with a real buckle, but the Velcro/faux buckle is still available as a Design-Your-Own option.

Reviews

Good shoes but not for flat feetReview by Flat feet
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Very pretty shoes. They look very cute. I have flat feet and wear a wide. The construction of the shoe would be great for a person with an arch. It is wide and comfy. If you have flat feet, your "arch" touches the mid section of the shoe and becomes uncomfortable after prolonged wear. (Posted on 4/29/14)
Most Comfortable Shoes I own.Review by Elizabeth
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I love these shoes. I wish I could wear them year round. They are beautiful and receive lots of positive comments, but I enjoy wearing them so much because I can feel the ground as I am walking and this makes my legs and feet so happy. I could walk for miles in them. Seriously. I am going to replace all of my shoes with Soft Stars. (Posted on 4/4/14)
Perfect indoor shoes for school!Review by Jen
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I bought these last year for my daughter - she has to wear flat black shoes in school. She has really narrow feet and it's been hard to find an "allowable" shoe that fits. I ordered these for her in narrow and she loves them. I'm back this year to order the next size up! (Posted on 9/1/13)
Best OptionReview by Anna
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I believe your mary janes are the best option for women that want to wear comfortable minimalist shoes that are still pretty and feminine and dressy enough for any occasion. I love the quality of the construction, the materials and that they come in colors other than black and brown!

When I wear fivefingers I get tons of "are they comfortable?" but when I wear soft star shoes I get "where can I get those?"

For sizing- I've tried the 7 wide, the 8 regular, and the 8 wide. According tot he chart I'm in between the 7 and 8. Both the 7 wide and the 8 wide fit me great and are very comfortable and by a hair I prefer the 8 wide so I'm sticking with that in the future. I have both and wear both.

For the width, I do need the wide but not because of the width of my feet. Rather, it's the shape. The Mary Janes in wide are shaped slightly differently than the regular in that the big toe areas are more straight in the wide vs. more curvy in the regular. I have very straight big toes (basically helthy big toes with no hint of bunions) so in the regular mary jane there's extra space in the big toe area, which creates an obvious wrinkle.

The mary janes in wide fit my foot shape a lot better so although they're technically bigger they look smaller. It seems backwards but that's the best way I have of explaining it. (Posted on 4/19/13)
Shoe-Love!Review by Jessie
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I bought these after I began running in the Dash RunAmocs and realized that my feet were changing shape, getting stronger, and all my "conventional" shoes became less comfortable.

I needed something appropriate for work and these fit the bill! Attractive (I get complements all the time from patients), completely cozy (I stand and walk all day on concrete covered in carpet), and versatile (I wear them in summers without socks and I wear wool knee-highs under them in winter). I fit a "regular" and can wear woolies under them without them getting too snug.

Once, when hiking in British Columbia, I twisted my ankle in my hiking boots and couldn't stand the pressure of my boots on my ankle. I'd packed my MerryJanes as camp shoes and wore them the rest of the steep hike down. They held up surprisingly well while I scrambled down a scree/talus field and descended the trail. Impressive durability!

I am ordering another pair in brown. My feet are IN LOVE with these shoes. (Posted on 10/29/12)
Comfortable and CuteReview by Angela
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Ordered these after killing my toes in my first Half Marathon. Suffered from purple-friction-toenails, but even worse, my great toe actually became infected. I couldn't stand to have anything touching that toe, yet needed something quasi-professional for work. These are perfect! Three weeks of wearing almost constantly and I am hooked. I am overweight and formerly suffered from plantar fasciitis. Although the plantar fasciitis healed after I discovered Dansko clogs, I was a little nervous about the lack of "arch support" in these shoes. No problems so far! My roommate accused me of wearing "penguin" shoes, but I like to be different so I don't care! I will continue to wear these until they fall apart. Since it hasn't been very long, I will update this review if anything changes. But I am in love with these shoes, so much so that I just ordered the Limited Edition Breast Cancer Viley's for slippers and Moc3's for treadmill. Can't wait for them to arrive! (Posted on 10/5/12)
ADORE this shoe!Review by Kelly
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I really like the Merry Jane. These are my first SSS's and I just ordered a pair of ramblers. I needed a wide. I found that I could not wear the regular with socks w/o a really tight fit and I didn't feel that I had enough room for total "toe freedom" so I exchanged for the wide and I'm glad I did. I don't normally wear a wide so this surprised me, but I'm new to minimalist shoes and realize that my toes haven't had the freedom I should give them. Because the wide's have a looser fit, I can wear them with socks and I get some air flow in them, so my feet stayed cool. They stay on perfectly and I truly have that barefoot feel in them. My toes don't do any work to keep the shoe on. I have worn these while doing a great deal of walking and haven't had any blisters or discomfort whatsoever. I like that there is option for a dressier shoe for skirts or dresses. With the current weather (early fall), they are perfect for capri pants. I have put a custom red pair with a flower applique on my Christmas list from my husband! I am battling some dye transfer onto my feet, but this is noted in SSS's FAQ's and it is lessening each time I wear them. I have the velcro closure and so far, its worked perfectly! I like the fact that I can quickly adjust them if my feet swell up a bit during the heat of the day. I definitely recommend these and hope to add more to my shoe wardrobe soon! (Posted on 10/1/12)

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Sizing Tips

Unsure about your size? Our printable guide will help you find the best fit for your feet! Just click the button below to print the guide and follow the instructions on the page (if you don't have access to a printer then scroll down for another option).

 

Note: before you print the guide, make sure your printer settings will not shrink or scale the page. Uncheck any boxes labeled "Fit to Printable Area" and/or set scaling options to "None."


 

Want more details? Check out this video for visual step-by-step instructions:

 

 

No Printer? No Problem!

You can still measure feet using the method below (also shown in our sizing videos). You can then scroll down and see where your measurements fall on our sizing charts to find the recommended shoe size. All you need is a book, a tape measure and a wall.

 

Note: we no longer recommend tracing your feet because it usually gives a larger measurement than the method described below. Our sizing charts work in accordance with the following method.

 

To measure your feet:

  • 1. Remove shoes and socks and place the bare foot so that the heel is barely touching a wall.
  • 2. Place a book in on the floor, parallel to the wall, so that it is barely touching the front of the longest toe.
  • 3. Step away carefully and measure the distance from the book to the wall.
  • 4. Scroll down and look for this measurement on the sizing charts below to find the recommended shoe size.

Sizing Feet Step 1Sizing Feet Step 2Sizing Feet Step 3

 

Once you find your length measurement, you can use table below to best find your corresponding size.

 

Adult Shoe Sizing Chart

 

Wide/Narrow: Trouble deciding your width? Our best recommendation is to order a wide or narrow only if you have found you need those custom widths in other brands for your feet to be comfortable. If you have never found you needed wide or narrow shoes before then we suggest sticking with our regular width.

Style notes:

If you find yourself between two shoe sizes, we recommend ordering the larger size. This is especially true of our adult Phoenix Boots, Portlanders and Rogue casual shoes, which run a bit small.

Care

Care Tips for Full Grain Leather Shoes

WHEN THEY FIRST ARRIVE:

Soft Star Shoes are made from eco-friendly, tanned in USA leathers.  Leather is a natural product and some variation in texture and markings is to be expected.  Because we use natural food-grade dyes in our leather, there will likely be some initial color transference to your socks or skin if your shoes become damp - this will decrease with use but please don't wear your new Soft Stars with your favorite white socks the first time you take them for a spin. 

If your shoes are a little snug at first in the toe box area, you can gently stretch them by stuffing the toe box with a slightly damp rag.  Push the cloth tightly into the front of the shoe - don't worry, you cannot hurt it!  Let the shoes sit stuffed overnight to stretch.

MAINTENANCE:

The full grain leather we use is naturally water resistant. Clean as needed with water dampened rag and let air dry. Condition the leather as often as desired with any quality leather dressing, but take care to keep it away from the edges of your rubber soles.  Mink oil can degrade the adhesion on bonded soles and cause the sole to separate from your shoe over time. We highly recommend Bee Natural Amore for general conditioning or Rain & Snow on leather for enhanced water resistance. The color on shiny metallic shoes will eventually patina with use into an antique wear look - this can be accelerated with repeated use to water and high wear (e.g. scuffing toes).

WASHING:

You can use a damp cloth, or if needed you can hand wash your leather shoes using a gentle shampoo and cool water.  We don't recommend frequent washing of any leather product as it strips the leather of it's natural oils and tends to dry stiffer.

We are often asked if our shoes can be washed in a washing machine.  While not recommended as a normal course of action, when in dire straits the Elves have been known to toss a pair of shoes in the machine and generally have had good results - just don't mix them with any other item because of color bleeding, and do NOT put shoes the dryer.  Shoes with sheepskin can take 3-4 days to air dry if fully submerged in water - you can speed up the drying by stuffing with old newspapers and replacing the paper 2x a day. 

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