NEW! Adult PRIMAL RunAmoc - Flint / Deep Blue Sea

Are you ready to go wild? Then we’d like to introduce you to the Primal, a wildly healthy shoe with our boldest sole shape yet! This innovative minimal shoe has an extra wide toe box for the ultimate in free movement and natural toe splay.

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Price $140.00

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With our groundbreaking Primal shoe, we’re busting boundaries and embracing the natural physiology of the human foot like never before. This minimal footwear design is the perfect marriage of modern innovation with a pre-shoe-era mindset when our feet could wildly roam the Earth, unencumbered.

As shoemakers, we understand that one shoe does not fit all. Over the years, some of our customers have been asking for even more toe room, and this design is an answer to that enthusiastic feedback. This shoe will be the ideal solution for anyone seeking to maintain or restore natural foot function.

This Primal in smooth flint and deep blue sea leather is a versatile crossover that will seamlessly transition from athletic shoe and an everyday casual shoe. Whether you’re hunting for new adventures on a trail or gathering the kids from practice, this shoe will give you the flexible, strong foundation you need. And barefoot runners, tell your toes to get ready to flex, spread and party like it’s the Paleolithic era!

  • Innovative sole shape with extra roomy toe box.
  • Flexible, breathable materials for the ultimate in free foot movement.
  • Made with premium, responsibly sourced leathers.
  • Comes with a durable VibramTM 5mm Trail Sole.
  • Zero-drop sole between toe and heel.
  • Toe cap for extra toe durability made from upcycled bicycle inner tubes (click "Upcycled Toe Cap" tab above for more info).
  • Padded breathable tongue for snug, secure fit.
  • Expanded lacing system with extra eyestays for a customized fit.
  • Can be worn with or without socks.
  • Made in USA: designed and handcrafted in Oregon.

 At this time, sole and width options and color customizations are not available for Primal RunAmocs, but these options will be added in spring of 2018.


 

Primal FAQ

Since the Primal RunAmoc has such a unique shape, we receive many questions about its design and fit. Here are some of the most common concerns we encounter:

 

Should I order the same size in a Primal RunAmoc as I do for a Dash RunAmoc?

Most likely, yes. We strive to keep sizing as consistent as possible across all styles and the length of the Primal sole is the same length as our other sole shape. The majority of our testers of the Primal RunAmoc wore the same size as they wear in our Dash RunAmoc, but a small percentage preferred one size smaller. Variations with the way the uppers are designed along with subtle differences in an individual’s foot shape can change how a shoe feels, plus many people have different preferences for how snug or loose they prefer a shoe to fit. We recommend trying the same size you wear for Dash RunAmocs and rest assured that we offer an easy return/exchange process if needed.

 

I see you have regular, wide and narrow for other styles. What width is the Primal? How wide is it? Can you tell me if it is wide enough for my feet?

Please note: for the initial release of the Primal RunAmoc only regular widths are available, but we will offer more width options in the spring of 2018.

The width of the Primal toe box is much wider than any other shoes we make, but the uppers and overall fit of the shoe are designed to fit snugly at your midfoot and back. Some customers prefer the narrow width aesthetically, but keep in mind the purpose of the shoe is to accommodate full toe splay while running. If you have had to order wide Softstar shoes in the past simply because you wanted more room for toes to spread, then our regular width Primal RunAmoc will likely work very well for you. On the other hand, if you needed a wide shoe in the past because your instep felt too tight in regular shoes then you will probably need a wide width for the Primal RunAmoc (available in a few months).

 

Is the shoe also wider in the heel?

No.

 

Can I get the toe cap on other shoes? 

No. The unique Primal toe cap is only available on our Primal shoe. 

 

Will the Primal sole shape be offered on more shoe styles?

Possibly. Currently this sole shape is only available for the Primal RunAmoc, but our designers are already testing it with some of our other existing styles. Depending on customer response to this shoe, we may add additional styles with this sole shape in 2018.

Customer Reviews

on the right track but sent the current version back Review by Karin
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I decided to order the gray version of these new shoes. I have extremely wide feet including a high instep and a sensitive bunion. I could not believe that a regular width would fit me, but the Elves said I should try them and see. They almost worked. Honestly if I had liked the color, I might have kept them to see if the fit would work out. But the gray was just too dull for me. I'm going to wait for a DYO version in wide next spring and try again. (Posted on 12/12/17)
Awesome Wiggle Room for Toes Review by Diane
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Love that my toes are not crowded, and that my feet can traipse lightly across carpet, tile, grass and pavement! The flexible sole allows my foot to step naturally. The upcycled toe cap is somewhat bothersome. There is a bump where it's fastened to the leather that irritates some of my toes. I hope a re-design will eliminate that toe cap. (Posted on 12/7/17)
They call me - "duck boy" Review by Ian
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I've had these for a few weeks now. Very comfortable, great to run in and I like the colour scheme. Most comments I've received from others are about the toe box. It's so wide, they look funny. Other reviewers say clown boots, I say duck feet. I was worried it may be a trip hazard but no instances yet. Despite the weird look, my toes do want to stretch to fill them out! (Posted on 12/6/17)
Finally, shoes that fit my feet! Review by Larissa
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I love how these shoes are wide enough for my toes, but narrow enough for my heels. My feet are shaped like feet, not shoes! I've gotten tons of positive attention for them, though I do think they look a little clown-like from the top. From the sides and front though they are super-cute.

Things I would change: I'd shave about 1/4" off the upper, inner edge of the big toe area. I don't mind the width but the way that portion sticks out is what makes them look clowny. I'd also love to have more sole thickness options and the option of a sheepskin liner. I find the soles just thick enough for city walking, but not great for hours and hours of it. Otherwise, I love these shoes and I'm so glad to have a shoe I can wear when it's too cold for sandals. (Posted on 11/30/17)
Fantastik & worth the wait! Review by Allyndreth
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I have been awaiting these shoes for 3+ years now. These are the ONLY shoe that fits my feet! That they are light, comfortable, and look good are just icing on the cake!!!!! As an added bonus, I can stop purchasing shoes 2-3 sizes too large and in men's sizes to just try to get something to work out for me. Thank you Softstar Elves. (Posted on 11/28/17)
A good start Review by Jennifer
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I've been wearing soft star shoes for many years but hadn't found a great trail running shoe/cross training shoe. This is the closest. Although the toe box is ridiculously wide, making them aesthically absurd, they have not tripped me up yet after three 5+ mile runs, double unders, burpees, and moderate height jumping. I truly appreciate the ability for my toes to move unfettered but the extra space in the toe box worries me when it comes to high agility movements. With some refinement, and perhaps different sizing for men and women, this shoe could be perfect. (Posted on 11/20/17)
Get these! Review by Keith
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Usual Softstar quality. However, the primal toe box is completely awesome! It it the most anatomically correct toe box of all the minimalist show brands I wear; and, I wear alot of different brands. I normally have to size up in Softstars so my toes don't have to get squeezed together. But, that leaves the shoe long and causes some occasional catching. These I can size normally and have happy feet! I hope the Elves decide to bring this toe box to all models or allow customization to this model. (Posted on 11/8/17)
Finally, a shoe that fits. Review by Chris
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TL;DR - Super wide feet? No problem. These shoes are the only shoes I have ever owned that fit my feet, and the quality and craftsmanship is second to none.

Background: I have an extremely wide foot. My toes are the widest part of my foot, and I'm also more or less flat footed. Having to buy shoes has always been an issue. The most common commentary was "He's better suited to wearing the box than the shoe". I visited a big brand name shoe company and had them order me a 6E width in a half size too large, and it still didn't fit. I've been limited to buying shoes 2 sizes too large just to keep things from being painful.

Verdict: Primal changed everything. I was nervous about getting my actual size. I shouldn't have been. I think I have less toe room than most will have, but for the first time in my life, I have shoes that fit. As an added bonus, these are the highest quality shoes I have ever owned. The leather is superb and needed no break in. The day after they arrived, I spent 12 hours on my feet the in mixed terrain. I was in awe by the end of the day. I couldn't believe I wasn't itching to take off my shoes. I can't give any higher praise to a pair of shoes than to say I actually love wearing them.

Note from the Elves: Awwwwhhh!! That is terrific Chris - thanks for sharing! We are planning on adding Wide" and "Narrow" widths next year.
(Posted on 10/28/17)
Room to spread your toes, yet pleasingly secure Review by Greg
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Secure from the heel through the midfoot, and then fanning out generously for the forefoot and toes, these shoes fit astonishingly well.

I hadn't anticipated this, but the flexible leather top means that the toe area can be wide without leaving one's toes adrift as they would be in the empty vertical space of a more rigidly shaped wide toe box (e.g., Lems). The flexible leather sits directly on top of your forefoot and toes, sort of holding your forefoot in place against the sole. So, even though you've got plenty of sideways room for your toes to spread, the overall fit remains securely sock-like as with other RunAmocs (or, if you're not familiar, similar to FiveFingers). When you raise your toes, the sole flexes upward with them. (Posted on 10/20/17)

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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. 1. Remove shoes and socks and place the bare foot so that the heel is barely touching a wall.
  2. 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. 3. Step away carefully and measure the distance from the book to the wall.
  4. 4. Scroll down and look for this measurement on the sizing charts below to find the recommended shoe size.

     

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

 

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 and Rogue casual shoes, which run a bit small.

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Have you noticed the stripes running across the rubber toe caps of your Primal RunAmocs? Ever wonder why they're there? As part of Softstar's ongoing efforts to promote sustainable manufacturing practices, these protective toe caps are made from upcycled bicycle inner tubes.

In our region of western Oregon, commuting by bicycle is very popular. The large number of bikes on our roads leads to many bicycle repair shops, and most of them are overflowing with old rubber inner tubes. Our shoe designers saw an opportunity to both improve our shoe and keep much of this waste from being sent to the landfill. After a few tedious experiments we found these rubber tubes are perfect for covering the toe areas of our shoes. 

To make sure we were not compromising the quality of our shoes, we made prototypes both with upcycled inner tubes and with new sheets of rubber and put them to the test on rugged hiking trails. In the end, the toe caps made from inner tubes held up better and provided more durability!

Softstar founder Tim Oliver now makes regular trips to our local bike shops, most notably the Corvallis Bicycle Collective, which sets aside their used inner tubes in anticipation of his visit. We then filter out the inner tubes that are too thin or too thick, cut out sections that show signs of damage, thoroughly wash what's left and stitch it to the front of our shoes!

For more information on our efforts to run an environmentally friendly workshop, visit our Sustainable Practices page.

Whether you need it for the trail, street, studio or workplace, we have the perfect RunAmoc for you!

Scroll down to compare shoe styles, sole options and leather, or click a category to jump ahead:

RunAmoc Style Comparison

 

Primal

Dash

Moc3

Summary

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Extra-wide toe splay for healthy, natural foot function.

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Multipurpose minimal shoe: athletic, casual or dressy.

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An ultra-light running "sock" with the durability of a shoe.

Features

• Extra wide toe box. This shoe is widest at the toes, rather than the ball of the foot, and is ideal for people who want to maintain/restore natural foot shape and function.

• Rubber toe cap, made from upcycled bicycle innertubes, adds durability to front of shoe--especially useful for hikers and trail runners.

• Extended lacing system is designed to fit snugly around instep, yet allow toes to spread out as much as possible.

• Underside of tongue is lined with a thin layer of Breathe-O-Prene (a breathable, neoprene-like material) to hold the shoe securely across the top of the foot.

• A versatile minimal design that can function as an athletic shoe, a casual shoe or a formal shoe (depending on color choices).

• Mid-level minimal shoe option for people who do not want the extra-wide toe box of the Primal RunAmoc, but prefer a shoe that is more traditional than the Moc3.

• Short lacing system allows adjustable fit around the instep while leaving the front of the foot unencumbered.

• Every component of the Dash is fully customizable for unique color, material and sole options.

• Our lightest minimal shoe, and one of the lightest in the world! Designed to be as flexible and lightweight as possible.

• Easily rolls up and fits into small spaces when not in use, such as a small bag or tucked under a belt.

• Slip-on design allows quick on/off when you're on the go.

• Breathe-O-Prene lining hugs your foot from all sides for a snug, but ventilated fit.

• Sole pattern is cut sparsely to allow maximum flexibility and barefoot experience (see image below).

Sizes

Adult Sizes 5U–15U

Currently only available in regular width, but more width options will be available in spring of 2018.

Sizing Guide

Adult Sizes 5U–15U

Available in regular, narrow or wide widths.

Sizing Guide

Adult Sizes 4U–13U

Available in regular width only.

Sizing Guide

Weight

6.4–10.2 oz, depending on size.

 

5.0–9.5 oz, depending on sizeand sole.

 

4–6 oz, depending on size.

 

Sole Options

Primal sole shape:

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Currently only made with 5mm Trail sole, but more soling options will be available in spring of 2018.

Dash sole shape:

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Available in 3 sole options:

• 2mm Vibram™ Street Sole
• 5mm Vibram™ Trail Sole
• Tough Leather Sole (available only when you customize this shoe)

Moc2 sole shape:

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The Moc3 is only made with 2mm Vibram™ Street Sole cut to minimal patterned footbed. The sole is entirely covered with thin material, but the thicker 2mm sole covers the shaded areas above.

Custom Color Options Currently only available in three color combinations. The option to customize this shoe with unique colors will be available in spring of 2018. Suede, smooth (full grain) or LITE (perforated) leather colors.

LITE perforated leather colors.

 

RunAmoc Sole Comparison

 

2mm Street

5mm Trail

Bullhide Leather

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Trail Sole Close Up

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2mm Street Sole Pattern
5mm Trail Sole Pattern
Tough Leather Sole Pattern
Features

 

Very high level of groundfeel. Our thinnest and lightest sole. Minimal space between feet and ground.

High level of groundfeel. Extra thickness adds durability. Tread pattern provides additional traction on rough surfaces.

Our most flexible sole! 3–4mm thick (natural hides vary slightly). Pliable texture provides our highest level of groundfeel and most unrestricted foot movement.

All-natural leather material allows grounding conductivity (see earthing).

Use

Perfect for running on smooth surfaces or for trail runners who have strengthened their feet to tolerate groundfeel of rough surfaces.

Ideal for trail runners and those who want barefoot movement with protection while running over rough surfaces, such as gravel or rocky paths. Also a favorite for street runners who prefer durability over maximum groundfeel.

Recommended for people new to minimalist running shoes.

A favorite for people who prefer to run or walk barefoot. Like the street sole, it is recommended to have feet strengthened for barefoot-style running before using this sole on rough or rocky terrain.

NOTE: this sole can become very slippery on smooth, wet surfaces.

Price No additional cost. No additional cost.
+$10

 

 

 

Leather Material Comparison

 

Suede

Smooth
(full grain)

LITE (perforated)

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Softstar Suede Leather

Softstar Smooth Leather

Softstar LITE Leather

Look and Feel Soft and cozy. Matte appearance. Smooth and glossy. Underside is suede. Smooth, thin and light.
Pros & Cons

 

Pros: A favorite for its stylish look and extremely cozy feel.

Cons: Not water resistant, unless treated with a suede protector leathercare. Requires more effort to clean (we recommend a suede brush).

Pros: Naturally water resistant and easy to clean. Keeps feet warm and protected in cold, wet weather.

Cons: May cause feet to feel warm in hot climates, depending on your tolerance for heat/cold (still more breathable than most rubber or faux-leather shoes).

Pros: Lightweight, keeps feet cool and ventilated. A favorite for running in warm weather. Easy to clean.

Cons: Not water resistant... it has holes!

Use

Our suede leather is a popular choice for casual everyday shoes that look and feel fantastic! Many people use it for athletic shoes as well, though it does require extra effort to keep dry and clean.

Smooth leather provides the most protection from the elements. A popular choice for protecting feet from cold or wet weather. Also gives a classy look for dressy or formal occasions.

While naturally somewhat water resistant, smooth leather can be made more waterproof with full grain leathercare.

Great for athletes wanting to keep feet ventilated and cool. This naturally lightweight material minimizes shoe weight to maximize performance. Although it is not water resistant, the thin, airy material dries quickly and is easy to clean.

 

RUNAMOC HISTORY: 

In the fall of 2009, we noticed a sharp increase in calls from customers requesting modifications to our existing line of minimalist moccasins. We were surprised to learn that people weren't only wearing them around the house, but to run trails, marathons and even ultramarathons. With interest increasing in barefoot running, we began development of a barefoot running moccasin designed by and for runners.

Softstar called on our online community of fans to solicit input on ideal features to design a new shoe specifically for runners that was light, ventilated and featured super thin and flexible running soles. Our fantastic customers submitted ideas, provided feedback on prototypes and ultimately voted on the name RunAmoc. Since the very successful launch of the Original RunAmoc (now discontinued), we have added the Dash, Moc3 and Primal to the line. We hope you find these unique running shoes to be a benefit to your training routine and a treat for your feet!

 

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT TRANSITIONING TO MINIMAL RUNNING SHOES:

Making the switch from traditional shoes to minimal shoes or barefoot running/walking should be done gradually with research and advice from healthcare professionals to prevent injury. It is not recommended to begin heavy running in minimalist/barefoot shoes until your feet have adapted properly. You will probably be tempted to just take off since they are FUN and you feel like a kid in them, but you may end up injuring yourself if you plunge into full speed without proper conditioning. You may want to read this article that includes tips and training plans for transitioning safely:

Article: How to Transition to Minimal Shoes

Our disclaimer: please remember that we are shoemakers, not doctors. Nothing we say or write should be taken as medical advice or replace advice from a medical professional.