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Soft Star Soles

Soft Star RunAmoc SoleAt Soft Star, all of our soles are thin, flexible and zero-drop to give you the most barefoot-like experience possible. We're constantly on the lookout for the latest soling materials that are made in the USA and will maximize durability, traction and connectivity with the earth while keeping your feet naturally flexible and happy.

We currently use several different types of soles because we've found some work better than others for certain shoe styles. For example, some soles can only be stitched to shoes while others can only be bonded. The following guide describes all of the soles we use, along with a list of the shoes that use each sole.

Please note that the sole thickness applies only to the described outersole material and does not include the thickness of innersole or midsole material, which may differ between shoe styles.

 

Scroll down to see all of our soles, or click below to jump to a specific material:

• Suede Sole
• Grippy Sole
• Sof-Touch Sole
• Pyramid Sole
• Street Sole
• Trail Sole
• Bullhide Leather Sole
• Geo Sole
• Cherry Sole
• Lightning Sole

 


 

Suede Sole

Suede Sole Soft Star Shoes

Thickness: 1-2mm (natural hides vary), plus sheep fluff.

Material: Suede Leather + Genuine Sheepskin

Our signature moccasin sole—soft and flexible! This incredibly lightweight leather material is lined with a genuine sheepskin innersole for an extrememly cozy feel. Intended for indoor and light outdoor use, this all-natural leather material allows grounding conductivity and maximum ground feel for barefoot enthusiasts. It literally molds to the shape of your foot! Please note that this sole does not repel water, but can be made water resistant with the Grippy Sole option on our design-your-own shoes (see below).

Used for these shoes: All ages/sizes of Roo Moccasins, Baby Buttercup Moccasins.

 


 

Grippy Sole

Grippy Sole Soft Star Shoes

Thickness: 3mm, plus sheep fluff.

Material: Rubber Fabric + Genuine Sheepskin

The same as our Suede sole, but the suede is lined with an extra layer of very thin rubber fabric. Available only as a design-your-own option, the Grippy sole gives added traction, durability and water protection to our Roo moccasins.

Used for these shoes: Design-Your Own Roo Moccasins in all ages/sizes, except baby sizes 2-3.

 


 

Sof-Touch™ Sole

Soft Star Softouch Sole

Thickness: 4mm

Material: Rubber Compound

A very thin and flexible rubber compound sole. Ideal for early walkers when they begin to run around outside. Please note that this sole is not durable enough for the wear and tear of older kids, so it is only available up to child's shoe size 7 (approximately 2 years old).

Used for these shoes: Classics, Sandals, Playtimes and Ramblers—all in child/baby sizes 6 or smaller.

 


 

Pyramid Sole

Pyramid Sole Soft Star

Thickness: 6mm

Material: Rubber Compound

Similar to the Sof-Touch sole, but slightly thicker and more durable. The Pyramid sole is an ideal minimalist sole for all ages. It holds up well and provides flexibility for both kids on the playground and adults running errands.

Used for these shoes: Classics, Sandals, Playtimes and Ramblers—all in child sizes 7 and up. Youth and Adult Rambler, Youth and Adult Merry Jane, Adult Solstice Sandal.

 


 

Street Sole

2mm Street Sole Soft Star Shoes

Thickness: 2mm

Material: Rubber

Our thinnest and lightest pure rubber sole, providing a very high level of ground feel. Our Street sole keeps the space between your feet and ground as minimal as possible for a durable outdoor shoe. Perfect for walking or running on smooth surfaces or for trail runners/hikers who want a durable shoe with lots of ground feel. If you are new to minimalist shoes then it is recommended to gradually strengthen your feet for barefoot-style running/hiking before using this sole for long distances on rough or rocky terrain (walking a little bit in this sole every day is a great transitional exercise).

Used for these shoes: Adult Moc3 RunAmoc*, Adult Dash RunAmoc, Adult Original RunAmoc, Design-Your-Own Youth Bolt.

*The Moc3 RunAmoc uses a unique minimally-cut pattern of the 2mm Street sole to allow maximum flexibility, available only for this shoe.

 


 

Trail Sole

Trail Sole Soft Star Shoes

Thickness: 5mm

Material: Rubber Compound

Designed for our RunAmoc running shoes, but also popular for casual use. High level of ground feel. The thickness of our Trail sole adds extra durability over our 2mm Street sole, and the tread pattern provides additional traction on rough surfaces. This sole is ideal for trail runners/hikers and for those who want barefoot movement with a little extra protection while crossing rough surfaces, such as gravel or rocky paths. While many barefooters love the Trail sole, it is also an excellent option for people new to minimalist shoes.

Used for these shoes: Adult Dash RunAmoc, Adult Original RunAmoc, Youth Bolt, Child and Youth Rugged Rambler.

 


 

Bullhide Leather Sole

Bullhide Leather Sole Soft Star Shoes

Thickness: 3-4mm (natural hides vary)

Material: Smooth Leather—please note that this sole can become very slippery on smooth, wet surfaces

Our most flexible and unique outdoor sole! Slightly thicker than 2mm Street sole with similar durability. Leather soles are great for dancers or people looking for leather "foot gloves." The pliable texture of the natural bullhide leather provides our highest level of ground feel and most unrestricted foot movement. This sole is a favorite for people who prefer to run or walk barefoot—it literally molds to the shape of your foot! Like the street sole, if you are new to minimalist shoes then it is recommended to gradually strengthen your feet for barefoot-style running/hiking before using this sole for long distances on rough or rocky terrain (walking in this sole a little bit every day is a great transitional exercise). The natural material of this sole also allows grounding conductivity. While this leather material is not fully waterproof, it is naturally water resistant and will repel moisture to some degree.

Used for these shoes: Adult Dash RunAmoc, Design-Your Own Adult Original RunAmoc, Design-Your-Own Adult Metro.

 


 

Geo Sole

Geo Sole Soft Star Shoes

Thickness: 6mm or 8mm (photo shows 8mm version)

Material: Rubber Compound

Although the Geo sole is one of our thickest soles, its extremely light and flexible texture gives ground feel that compares to even our thinnest options. The Geo sole also provides a very high level of traction, making it an ideal shoe for helping you maintain balance when you're on the go. We use this sole in two thicknesses: 6mm and 8mm.

6mm Geo sole used for these shoes: Child North Star Boot. Child/Youth Phoenix Boot. Adult Portlander

8mm Geo sole used only for our Adult Rogue.

 


 

Cherry Sole

Cherry Sole Soft Star Shoes

Thickness: 4mm

Material: Rubber Compound

Our Cherry sole is lightweight with excellent abrasion and slip-resistant characteristics—comfortable, yet durable for casual everyday use.

Used for these shoes: Adult Metro, Adult Ballerine Flat.

 


 

Lightning Sole

Lightning Sole Soft Star Shoes

Thickness: 4mm

Material: Rubber Compound

The Lightning sole is our best recommendation for adult feet in heavy winter conditions. The unique lightning-shaped tread on this shoe gives improved traction on snow and ice.

Used only for our Adult Phoenix Boot.