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DYO Child Smooth Rambler

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Love these perfect shoesReview by Crazy foot health lady
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This is our second pair of child ramblers and our 7th pair of soft star shoes as a family. Our daughter wore these shoes all last spring and then all last fall. This year they are too small, so we are back for another pair. They are cute, easy to put on (at almost three she can put them on herself), rugged (last year's pair still look like new), and most importantly, they are excellent for her natural foot development. I love that I was able to do a DYO of wild colors without having to worry about returning. The pair we got this year were a little on the small side, so we wanted to go with the bigger size. No problem and the return was easy peasy. When I made the exchange, I decided that I'd prefer to order the shoes with the off-menu, non-returnable "soft touch" soles that are available if you call and place your order with one of the elves. The soft touch soles are extremely thin and flexible and provide the best possible groundfeel with rubber soles. However, if you make this change to the sole, they are no longer returnable, so you would want to be 100% sure about the sizing first (might make sense to order a couple of pairs off the rack in order to get a sense of the sizing). The elves were very straightforward with me that the soft-touch soles wear out more quickly, are not as durable, and also wouldn't be returnable. But I was very happy with my child's DYO sandals that I got last year with the special ordered soft-touch sole, so I had no reservation about pulling the trigger, especially since I was positive about the sizing. Love being able to pick the colors. Worth the extra money for my daughter to feel like she "designed" them herself. People love them and are always commenting.
Some reviewers comment about the ridge all the way around the shoe. This was a bit of an issue last year when my daughter was about to be two, but now she is a smooth operator and has no problems tripping over the ridge. Thank you for making these shoes! LOVE!!!! (Posted on 4/29/15)
Great quility and very durible!Review by barefeetwildhearts
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I purchased these for my son a year ago, as he needed winter shoes, They held up well, and still look new except for being molded to my son's feet. Recently he decided to go puddle jumping with his friends in the corner of their vegetable garden. All 3 kids were absolutely covered in mud and dirty water, and guess what my son had happened to be wearing? That's right, his Soft Star Ramblers. The were muddy inside and out, and totally wet. I took them home, and first washed them out in the sink, inside and out, I filled them with water and scrubbed the inside over and over again until the water came out clear. I rinsed all the mud off the outside and squeezed them out. Then I dunked them in the water/detergent mixture that I was soaking the rest of his clothes in, and squeezed them out again, then stuffed them with scrub rags and put them in front of the fire to dry. It took about 4 days for them to fully dry, and initially they were ever so slightly stiff, and held the shape of the rags they had been stuffed with, but after being worn a time or two, the are back to being super soft. The best thing? They STILL LOOK NEW! Conventional shoes would have been ruined, or at least would have looked very old, but not the soft stars! They are barefoot friendly and farm tough! (Posted on 11/3/14)
favourite! Review by Oem 3isaa
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My 2 year old, my 4 year old, and my 7 year old wear these great shoes! They are very easy for them to put on and off. (Posted on 10/29/14)
Best childrens shoe we've foundReview by Tara
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I purchased these for my daughter shortly before her second birthday and she wore them until they were too small. Now my almost 2 year old son has been in them for months. My kids are not gentle on shoes, and these go where they go--sandbox, mud puddles, chicken pen--you name it. I am astounded how well these have held up. They are simply a beautiful, comfortable well-loved product(both my kids loved the moon & star motif). Hands (or maybe feet)down one of the best children's shoes out there. Worth every penny. (Posted on 6/1/14)

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Sizing Tips

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

 

Note: we no longer recommend tracing 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 child's 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 the length measurement, you can use table below to best find the corresponding size. Keep the following points in mind:

 

  • Wiggle/growing room is already taken into account.
  • If your child is on the border between two sizes then we recommend the larger size.

HEADS UP: We updated our child and baby sizing chart in March 2015. If you purchased our kids' shoes before this date then we recommend re-measuring your child's feet:


Baby and Child Shoe Size Chart

 

SANDAL SIZING: Our child sandals tend to run big since they are open-toed and open-heeled.We recommend ordering one size smaller than the recommended size for sandals.

 

BOOT SIZING: Boots tend to run small due to sheepskin lining and (often) thicker socks. It is usually safe to go up at least one size when buying Soft Star boots for your child.  The North Star is a more "fitted" style, so order a wide if you plan to wear with thick socks or if you want a roomy fit.

 

MOCCASIN NOTES: The good thing about soft, moccasin-style shoes (like the Roo or Viley) is that extra length is generally not a problem, so you can often buy with growing room. Your child's foot will slide right to the front of our moccasins and the excess length will be in the back behind their ankle—no worries about tripping over extra length at the toe. Think of it like a glove for their feet. The moc style shoe is very forgiving if too big, which is a good thing if you are on a budget.

 

If your child has thick or chubby feet, be sure to indicate you need a wide width. If your child has EXTRA wide feet, please read this.

 


 

Additional Printable Tools for BABY and CHILD Sizes:

 

Want more detail for sizing kids, including width? We also have these printiable giudes for individual baby and child sizes. Click on the appropriate size.. 

 

Once printed,  double check to verify the ruler on the page matches identically to your own ruler at home. If they are off by even the slightest amount then this guide will not work. You can always contact us and ask us to mail you the general kid sizing guide, too.

 

HEADS UP: We updated our child and baby sizing chart in March 2015. The charts below have been updated to reflect the new changes:

 

Baby Size 2Baby Size 3 Child Size 4 Child Size 5 Child Size 6 Child Size 7 Child Size 8 Child Size 9 Child Size 10 Child Size 11 Child Size 12

 

Note: before you print these guides, 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."

Crayon Color Match


Click here to see a complete listing of our leather colors

We do our best to get the most accurate leather color swatch photographs possible, but not all screens will show colors the same way. A customer once suggested we tell people what Crayola™ color crayon our leathers most closely match and we thought it was a fantastic idea! Below you will find the Soft Star colors and the corresponding Crayola™ Crayon names.

We're also happy to offer coloring sheets for our popular kids' styles, so your children can design their own shoes at home!

Click on the style below to open a printable coloring page:

Elf Moc

Elf Moc

Moc

Moc

Playtime

Playtime

Sandal

Sandal

Classic

Classic

 

Color Key - Suede

Suede  Color         

Crayon Color

 Chocolate  Brown / Sepia
 Honey  Burnt Sienna
 Burgundy  Chestnut
 Tan  Raw Sienna
 Gold  Yellow Orange
 Pink  Melon / Pink Carnation
 Fuchsia  Maroon / Cerise
 Watermelon  Mango Tango / Salmon
 Red  Red / Scarlet
 Navy  Midnight Blue
 Royal Blue
 Blue / Denim
 Medium Blue
 Cadet Blue
 Turquoise  Blue Green
 Forest  Pine Green
 Emerald  Sea Green
 Lavender  Purple Mountain's Majesty
 Purple                                                 
 Violet (Purple)

 

Color Key - Smooth Grain Leather

Smooth Leather Color          

Crayon  Color

 Fuchsia  Razzmatazz
 Pink  Mauvelous
 Navy  Midnight Blue
 Ocean  Denim
 Ultra Blue
 Cerulean
 Dark Purple
 Royal Purple / Blue Violet
 Buckskin  Tumbleweed
 Yellow  Yellow
 Kiwi  Yellow Green
 Grass Green
 Green
 Forest Green
 Pine Green
 Orange  Red Orange
 Red  Brick Red
 Caramel  Burnt Sienna
 Nutmeg  Brown
 Chocolate  No good match!
 Black  Black
 White  White

 

Color Key - Ultrasuede

Ultrasuede Color                  

Crayon  Color

Green Apple
Granny Smith Apple
Ginger Snap
Tumbleweed
Tan
Raw Sienna
Cocoa
Sepia
Black
Black
Red Scarlett
Pink
Carnation Pink
Royal Blue
Denim Blue

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 hide markings is to be expected. Because we use leather colored with non-toxic methods using food grade dyes, there will likely be some initial color transfer to your socks or skin if your shoes become damp. This will decrease with use, but we don't recommend wearing 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 dry cloth. Push the cloth tightly into the front of the shoe and let sit stuffed overnight to stretch.  Do NOT use a damp cloth as the water can stain the leather or innersole* of some leather types, rendering it unreturnable.

MAINTENANCE:

Most full grain leather we use is naturally water resistant - but Vegetable tanned is not and will stain. You can clean shoes as needed with water dampened cloth* and let air dry - but please note if you do this on Vegetable tanned, you will need to wet/stain entire shoe to avoid water stain marks. 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:

For all leathers except vegetable tanned, 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, but you can speed up the drying by stuffing with old newspapers and replacing the paper 2x a day.

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Love these perfect shoesReview by Crazy foot health lady
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This is our second pair of child ramblers and our 7th pair of soft star shoes as a family. Our daughter wore these shoes all last spring and then all last fall. This year they are too small, so we are back for another pair. They are cute, easy to put on (at almost three she can put them on herself), rugged (last year's pair still look like new), and most importantly, they are excellent for her natural foot development. I love that I was able to do a DYO of wild colors without having to worry about returning. The pair we got this year were a little on the small side, so we wanted to go with the bigger size. No problem and the return was easy peasy. When I made the exchange, I decided that I'd prefer to order the shoes with the off-menu, non-returnable "soft touch" soles that are available if you call and place your order with one of the elves. The soft touch soles are extremely thin and flexible and provide the best possible groundfeel with rubber soles. However, if you make this change to the sole, they are no longer returnable, so you would want to be 100% sure about the sizing first (might make sense to order a couple of pairs off the rack in order to get a sense of the sizing). The elves were very straightforward with me that the soft-touch soles wear out more quickly, are not as durable, and also wouldn't be returnable. But I was very happy with my child's DYO sandals that I got last year with the special ordered soft-touch sole, so I had no reservation about pulling the trigger, especially since I was positive about the sizing. Love being able to pick the colors. Worth the extra money for my daughter to feel like she "designed" them herself. People love them and are always commenting.
Some reviewers comment about the ridge all the way around the shoe. This was a bit of an issue last year when my daughter was about to be two, but now she is a smooth operator and has no problems tripping over the ridge. Thank you for making these shoes! LOVE!!!! (Posted on 4/29/15)
Great quility and very durible!Review by barefeetwildhearts
Rating
I purchased these for my son a year ago, as he needed winter shoes, They held up well, and still look new except for being molded to my son's feet. Recently he decided to go puddle jumping with his friends in the corner of their vegetable garden. All 3 kids were absolutely covered in mud and dirty water, and guess what my son had happened to be wearing? That's right, his Soft Star Ramblers. The were muddy inside and out, and totally wet. I took them home, and first washed them out in the sink, inside and out, I filled them with water and scrubbed the inside over and over again until the water came out clear. I rinsed all the mud off the outside and squeezed them out. Then I dunked them in the water/detergent mixture that I was soaking the rest of his clothes in, and squeezed them out again, then stuffed them with scrub rags and put them in front of the fire to dry. It took about 4 days for them to fully dry, and initially they were ever so slightly stiff, and held the shape of the rags they had been stuffed with, but after being worn a time or two, the are back to being super soft. The best thing? They STILL LOOK NEW! Conventional shoes would have been ruined, or at least would have looked very old, but not the soft stars! They are barefoot friendly and farm tough! (Posted on 11/3/14)
favourite! Review by Oem 3isaa
Rating
My 2 year old, my 4 year old, and my 7 year old wear these great shoes! They are very easy for them to put on and off. (Posted on 10/29/14)
Best childrens shoe we've foundReview by Tara
Rating
I purchased these for my daughter shortly before her second birthday and she wore them until they were too small. Now my almost 2 year old son has been in them for months. My kids are not gentle on shoes, and these go where they go--sandbox, mud puddles, chicken pen--you name it. I am astounded how well these have held up. They are simply a beautiful, comfortable well-loved product(both my kids loved the moon & star motif). Hands (or maybe feet)down one of the best children's shoes out there. Worth every penny. (Posted on 6/1/14)

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