Ballerine

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  • Shoe Size : Adult 10
  • Width : Regular
  • Shoe Colors : Sublime Oxblood Body and Heel, Plonge Black Trim
  • Insole : Suede
  • Outer Sole : 4mm Cherry (Rubber)
  • Closure : Slip On
  • Quality : 1st Quality
  • Inventory : 6043

Say au revoir to rigid, uncomfortable ballet flats! With its classic lines and impeccable fit, the Ballerine is the most elegant way to go barefoot. This chic, ultra-versatile style transitions effortlessly from the morning bike commute to the conference room, while still leaving you with enough spring in your step for dinner and dancing on the weekends. Heck, some Softstar fans even go running in them! Handcrafted with our premium leather uppers, a stretchy trim on the front and sides secures the shoe gently to your foot. Our flexible Vibram soles provide traction with a natural minimalist step, and a heavenly-soft suede innersole provides all-day comfort. Effortlessly stylish in smooth leather, these light and cozy Ballerines will quickly take center stage in your wardrobe!

  • Handcrafted in USA from responsibly-sourced, premium domestic leathers
  • Designed to be lightweight and fit easily in your purse or carry-on
  • Gently elasticized leather collar trim for easy on/off
  • Comfortable heel
  • Flexible 4mm Vibram Cherry sole provides traction and protection

    Leather Colors

    The following list shows all of the available leather colors used in our workshop. You will notice that our smooth, full grain leathers come in a variety of grades and styles. We've found some of these to work well on certain shoes, but not on others. For this reason, when you choose to custom design a shoe with smooth leather you will only see certain types available.

    Click here or scroll to the bottom of this page to read descriptions of our different leather varieties.

    Smooth Leathers
    (full grain)

     NOVA White Leather NOVA White
     NOVA Black Leather NOVA Black
     NOVA Slate Leather NOVA Slate
     NOVA Chocolate Leather NOVA Chocolate
     NOVA Nutmeg Leather NOVA Nutmeg
     NOVA Red Leather NOVA Red
     NOVA Flamingo Leather NOVA Flamingo
     NOVA Orange Leather NOVA Orange
     NOVA Yellow Leather NOVA Yellow
     NOVA Capers Leather NOVA Capers
     NOVA Grass Green Leather NOVA Grass Green
     NOVA Peacock Leather NOVA Peacock
     NOVA Turquoise Leather NOVA Turquoise
     NOVA Cerulean Leather NOVA Cerulean
     NOVA Ocean Leather NOVA Ocean
     NOVA Purple Leather NOVA Purple
     SUBLIME Flint Leather SUBLIME Flint
     SUBLIME Black Leather SUBLIME Black
     SUBLIME Chocolate Leather SUBLIME Chocolate
     SUBLIME Sienna Leather SUBLIME Sienna
     SUBLIME Hazelnut Leather SUBLIME Hazelnut
     SUBLIME Latte Leather SUBLIME Latte
     SUBLIME Cream Leather SUBLIME Cream
     SUBLIME Eggshell Leather SUBLIME Eggshell
     SUBLIME Oxblood Leather SUBLIME Oxblood
    Sublime Blaze Leather SUBLIME Blaze
     SUBLIME Tangerine Leather SUBLIME Tangerine
     SUBLIME Sunflower Leather SUBLIME Sunflower
    Sublime Avocado Leather SUBLIME Avocado
     SUBLIME Olive Leather SUBLIME Olive
     SUBLIME Fern Leather SUBLIME Fern
     SUBLIME Pacific Leather SUBLIME Pacific
     SUBLIME Deep Blue Sea SUBLIME Deep Blue Sea
     SUBLIME Azure Leather SUBLIME Azure
     SUBLIME Sky Blue Leather SUBLIME Sky Blue
     SUBLIME Fuchsia Leather SUBLIME Fuchsia
     SUBLIME Purple Leather SUBLIME Purple
     SMOOTH Aged Black Leather AGED Aged Black
     SMOOTH Aged Walnut Leather AGED Walnut
     SMOOTH Aged Whiskey Leather AGED Whiskey
     Green Cork with Gold Speckles Green Cork with Gold Speckles
     VEGETABLE TANNED Butternut Leather VEGETABLE TANNED Black
     VEGETABLE TANNED Cocoa Leather VEGETABLE TANNED Cocoa
     VEGETABLE TANNED Cucumber Leather VEGETABLE TANNED Cucumber
     VEGETABLE TANNED Waikiki Leather VEGETABLE TANNED Waikiki
     SHINY Platinum Leather SHINY Platinum
     SHINY Gold Leather SHINY Gold
     SHINY Pewter Leather SHINY Pewter
     SHINY Ruby Leather SHINY Ruby
     SHINY Pink Leather SHINY Pink
     SHINY Royal Leather SHINY Royal

    Plonge Leathers


     White Leather PLONGE White
     Plonge Graphite PLONGE Graphite
     Black Leather PLONGE Black
     Dark Hazelnut Leather PLONGE Dark Hazelnut
     Dark Hazelnut Leather PLONGE Taupe
     Tan Leather PLONGE Tan
     Plonge Pearl PLONGE Pearl
     Fuchsia Leather PLONGE Red
     Fuchsia Leather PLONGE Fuchsia
     Pink Leather PLONGE Pink
     Mint Leather PLONGE Mint
     Plonge Kelp PLONGE Kelp
     Plonge Turquoise PLONGE Turquoise
    Plonge Teal PLONGE Teal
     Royal Blue Leather PLONGE Royal Blue
     Robin's Egg Blue Leather PLONGE Robin's Egg Blue
    Plonge Purple PLONGE Purple
     Lavender Leather PLONGE Lavender
    Dark Cedar Leather RUSTIC Dark Cedar
    Light Cedar Leather RUSTIC Light Cedar
    Plonge Rustic Crimson RUSTIC Crimson

    Suede Leathers

     SUEDE Black Leather SUEDE Black
     SUEDE Chocolate Leather SUEDE Chocolate
     SUEDE Honey Leather SUEDE Honey
     SUEDE Tan Leather SUEDE Tan
     SUEDE Burgundy Leather SUEDE Burgundy
     SUEDE Red Leather SUEDE Red
     SUEDE Watermelon Leather SUEDE Watermelon
     SUEDE Pink Leather SUEDE Pink
     SUEDE Orange Leather SUEDE Orange
     SUEDE Mustard Leather SUEDE Mustard
     SUEDE Forest Green Leather SUEDE Forest Green
     SUEDE Moss Leather SUEDE Moss
     SUEDE Emerald Leather SUEDE Emerald
     SUEDE Royal Leather SUEDE Royal
     SUEDE Medium Blue Leather SUEDE Medium Blue
     SUEDE Turquoise Leather SUEDE Turquoise
     SUEDE Purple Leather SUEDE Purple
     SUEDE Fuchsia Leather SUEDE Fuchsia
     SUEDE Lavender Leather SUEDE Lavender
     SUEDE Zebra Leather SUEDE Zebra
     SUEDE Black with Glossy White Stars Leather SUEDE Black with Stars
     SUEDE Cream with Shiny Gold Stars Leather SUEDE Cream with Gold Stars


    Nubuck Leathers


    NUBUCK Pebble Leather NUBUCK Pebble
    Nubuck Black Leather NUBUCK Black
    Nubuck Coffee Leather NUBUCK Coffee
    Nubuck Scotch Leather NUBUCK Scotch
    Nubuck Khaki Leather NUBUCK Khaki
    Nubuck Loden Leather NUBUCK Loden

    LITE Leathers


     LITE White Leather LITE White
     LITE Black Leather LITE Black
     LITE Chocolate Leather LITE Chocolate
     LITE Oxblood Leather LITE Oxblood
     LITE Tangerine Leather LITE Tangerine
     LITE Lime Leather LITE Lime
     LITE Turquoise Leather LITE Turquoise

    Vegan ULTRASUEDE
    (animal-free material)

     
     ULTRASUEDE Black Leather ULTRASUEDE Black
     ULTRASUEDE Cocoa Leather ULTRASUEDE Cocoa
     ULTRASUEDE Tan Leather ULTRASUEDE Tan
     ULTRASUEDE Royal Blue Leather ULTRASUEDE Royal Blue


    Elastic/Sport Closures
    (fabric, not leather)


     White Elastic White
     Black Elastic Black
     Brown Elastic Brown
     Beige Elastic Beige
     Red Elastic Red
     Fuchsia Elastic Fuchsia
     Gold Elastic Gold
     Royal Blue Elastic Royal Blue
     Purple Elastic Purple

    Nova, Sublime, Plonge... What's the Difference?
    • Smooth NOVA: A durable leather that is slightly stiffer than our other smooth leather options. Used for shoes that need the extra stiffness for proper support. This includes most of our shoes that are stitched directly to the sole, such as our Classics, Sandals, Ramblers and Merry Janes. Texture appearance looks the same as our Sublime and Vegetable Tanned leathers, though grain size can vary throughout every hide.
    • Smooth SUBLIME: A durable smooth leather that is softer than Nova. We use this leather for our "turned" shoes (those that are made inside-out and then turned so the seams are on the inside) because the softer texture wraps around the foot well for a cozy fit. Used for our Roo moccasins, Dash RunAmocs and Primal RunAmocs. Texture appearance looks the same as our Nova and Vegetable Tanned leathers, though grain size can vary throughout every hide.
    • Cork: A very thin fabric lined with cork and gold speckles. This thin material is only available for decorative parts of certain custom shoes, such as Dash RunAmoc sides or Ballerine heels.
    • Smooth Aged Leather: This soft leather has been distressed to give it a rustic look. It is used to make our Rogue shoes and select parts of our other custom shoes.Please note: aged leather peels easily when scuffed.
    • Vegetable-Tanned Leather: The only leather we import from Europe, due to it's highly sustainable properties. While all of our leather meets our sustainable standards (all of our leather is tanned without formaldehyde and colored with non-toxic food grade dye), this leather goes a step further with a purely vegetable-based tanning process using only grass-fed cows raised on controlled sustainable pastures in Germany's Bavarian Alps. Preferred by people with extreme chemical sensitivity. Due to it's high cost, there is an extra surcharge for use of vegetable-tanned leather in custom shoes. Texture appearance looks similar to Nova and Sublime leathers, though grain size can vary throughout every hide. Please note this "naked" leather is likely to show cosmetic flaws and stains easily, even with just water.
    • Shiny Leather: Smooth leather dyed with a glossy finish to give a shiny reflective look. Available for most of our custom shoes that are made from either Nova or Sublime leather. Please note that shiny leather will dull with wear. Here's an example of Shiny Gold toddler moccasins worn for several weeks:

    shiny-leather-wear

    • Plonge Leather: The softest and lightest leather we could find! Since it is so thin and buttery soft, plonge leather works great for our baby Buttercup moccasins and the decorative trim on our adult Ballerine flats and is only used for these two styles.
    • Suede Leather: Leather made from the lower layers of a hide to give a soft cloth-like texture. Available for select shoes, including kids' moccasins, adult Dash RunAmocs and the heels of our Ballerine flats.
    • Nubuck Leather: A top-grain bovine leather that has been sanded or buffed on the grain side, or outside, to give a slight nap of short protein fibers for a velvet-like surface. Nubuck is unique because it has the durability of a top-grain leather with a soft touch that feels similar to a suede leather. Used for adult Roo moccasins and select special edition shoes.
    • LITE Leather: A thin smooth leather covered in perforation holes to give shoes extra ventilation. LITE leather is a favorite for runners in hot climates as it helps keep feet cool and dry. Used for our RunAmocs and Ballerines.
    • Vegan Ultrasuede Leather: A synthetic animal-free material with a texture similar to suede. Used to make our vegan shoes.

    You can measure your feet or your child's feet at home using a book, a ruler and a wall. You can then see where the measurement fits on our sizing charts to find the recommended shoe size.


    Measure Your Feet...

    Note: we do not recommend tracing feet because doing so usually gives a larger measurement. Our sizing charts work in accordance with the following method:

    sizing-feet-step-1
    Remove shoes and socks and place bare foot so that the heel is barely touching a wall.
    sizing-feet-step-2
    Place a book on the floor, parallel to the wall, so that it is barely touching the front of the longest toe.
    sizing-feet-step-3
    Step away carefully and measure the distance from the book to the wall.

    ... and Find Your Size

    Once you have the measurement, look for it on the charts below to find the recommended Softstar shoe size.

    1. Wiggle/growing room is already taken into account.
    2. If your child is on the border between two sizes then we recommend the larger size.
    3. We recommend using the metric (cm) column with your measurement, since it is more precise.
    Child SizeApprox Age RangeLength in CentimetersLength in Inches
    2 0 - 6 months ≤ 10.2 cm ≤ 4”
    3 6 - 12 months 10.2 - 11.1 cm 4” - 4 ⅜”
    4 12 - 18 months 11.1 - 11.0=9 cm 4 ⅜” - 4 ¾”
    5 18 months 11.9 - 12.8 cm 4 ¾” - 5”
    6 18 - 24 months 12.8 - 13.6 cm 5” - 5 ⅜”
    7 2 years 13.6 - 14.5 cm 5 ⅜” - 5 ¾”
    8 2 - 3 years 14.5 - 15.3 cm 5 ¾” - 6”
    9 3 years 15.3 - 16.2 cm 6” - 6 ⅜”
    10 3 - 4 years 16.2 - 17.0 cm 6 ⅜” - 6 ¾”
    11 4 - 6 years 17.0 - 17.9 cm 6 ¾” - 7”
    12 4 - 6 years 17.9 - 18.7 cm 7” - 7 ⅜”
    1. Wiggle/growing room is already taken into account.
    2. If your child is on the border between two sizes then we recommend the larger size.
    3. We recommend using the metric (cm) column with your measurement, since it is more precise.
    Softstar Youth
    Shoe Size
    Approx Age RangeLength in CentimetersLength in Inches
    1Y 4 - 6 Years 18.5 - 19.4 cm 7 ¼” - 7 ⅝”
    2Y 5 - 8 Years 19.4 - 20.2 cm 7 ⅝” - 7 ⅞”
    3Y 5 - 8 Years 20.2 - 21.0 cm 7 ⅞” - 8 ¼”
    4Y 6 - 10 Years 21.0 - 21.9 cm 8 ¼” - 8 ⅝”
    5Y 6 - 10 Years 21.9 - 22.7 cm 8 ⅝” - 8 ⅞”
    6Y 8 - 12 Years 22.7 - 23.6 cm 8 ⅞” - 9 ¼”
    7Y 8 - 12 Years 23.6 - 24.4 cm 9 ¼” - 9 ⅝”
    8Y 12+ Years 24.4 - 25.3 cm 9 ⅝” - 9 ⅞”
    1. If you are on the border between two sizes then we recommend the larger size.
    2. When possible, we recommend using the metric (cm) column with your measurement, since it is more precise.
    3. Wide or narrow? If you have never found you needed wide or narrow shoes in the past then we suggest sticking with our regular width.
    Softstar Adult
    Shoe Size
    Regular US Shoes SizeLength in CentimetersLength in Inches
    4U 3.5 - 4 Mens
    4.5 - 5 Womens
    20.7 - 22.2 cm 8 ⅜” - 8 ¾”
    5U 4.5 - 5 Mens
    5.5 - 6 Womens
    22.2 - 23.0 cm 8 ¾” - 9 ”
    6U 5.5 - 6 Mens
    6.5 - 7 Womens
    23.0 - 23.9 cm 9” - 9 ⅜”
    7U 6.5 - 7 Mens
    7.5 - 8 Womens
    23.9 - 24.7 cm 9 ⅜” - 9 ¾”
    8U 7.5 - 8 Mens
    8.5 - 9 Womens
    24.7 - 25.6 cm 9 ¾” - 10”
    9U 8.5 - 9 Mens
    9.5 - 10 Womens
    25.6 - 26.4 cm 10” - 10 ⅜”
    10U 9.5 - 10 Mens
    10.5 - 11 Womens
    26.4 - 27.3 cm 10 ⅜” - 10 ¾”
    11U 10.5 - 11 Mens
    11.5 - 11 Womens
    27.3 - 28.1 cm 10 ¾” - 11”
    12U 11.5 - 12 Mens 28.1 - 28.9 cm 11” - 11 ⅜”
    13U 12.5 - 13 Mens 28.9 - 29.8 cm 11 ⅜” - 11 ¾”
    14U 13.5 - 14 Mens 29.8 - 30.5 cm 11 ¾” - 12”
    15U 14.5 - 15 Mens 30.5 - 31.4 cm 12” - 12 ⅜”

    Difficulty Taking Measurements?
    Try Our Printable Stand-On Sizing Guides

    Our printable guides provide another way to help you find the best fit for your feet. These are especially useful for small children who don't like to sit still. Just print the guide for the appropriate age group below and follow the instructions on the page.

    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."

    Shoe Care

    We want you to get the most out of your Softstar shoes. Follow the guide below for tips on keeping your shoes clean and maintained.

    Click these links to jump to tips for specific materials:

     



    Care Tips for Full Grain (smooth) Leather Shoes

    Includes Sublime, Nova, Shiny, LITE, Plonge and Vegetable-Tanned Leathers

    WHEN THEY FIRST ARRIVE:

    Softstar Shoes are made from eco-friendly leathers tanned in the USA. 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 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 Softstars 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 non-returnable.

    MAINTENANCE:

    Most full grain leather we use is naturally water resistant, but our special vegetable-tanned leather (available only by custom selection on some of our design-your-own shoes) is a "naked" leather and will stain from water alone. You can clean shoes as needed with water dampened cloth and let air dry, but please note if you do this on vegetable-tanned leather then you will need to wet/stain the entire shoe to avoid water marks. Condition the leather as often as desired with any quality leather dressing, but be careful to keep it away from the edges of your rubber soles. Do not use mink oil on your shoes, as it 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 or Nikwax Full Grain Waterproofing on smooth leather for enhanced water resistance. The color on shiny metallic shoes will eventually patina with use into an antique wear look, which can be accelerated with repeated use to water and high wear (e.g. scuffing toes).

    WASHING:

    We do not recommend frequent washing of any leather product as it strips the leather of it's natural oils and tends to dry stiffer. For all of our leathers (except vegetable-tanned) you can clean by hand with a damp cloth, or if needed you can hand wash your leather shoes using a gentle shampoo and cool water. Let them air dry. Do not attempt to dry your shoes by exposing them to high heat, such as a clothes dryer, a hair dryer or by leaving them on a radiator or next to a fire. Doing so may damage leather or rubber soles.

    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. 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 twice a day.

     



    Care Tips for Suede and Nubuck Shoes

    WHEN THEY FIRST ARRIVE:

    Softstar 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 do not 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 across the top of the toes, 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 won't hurt it). Let the stuffing sit in the shoes overnight to stretch the leather.

    MAINTENANCE:

    Use a suede brush to remove dirt. You can also choose to use a suede/nubuck leathercare product to protect against stains and water absorbstion (we recommend Nikwas Nubuck & Suede Proof). While not necessary, it will help keep your shoes looking new over time. Do not use generic leather care products on suede, but only those specifically formulated for suede. Products for full grain or smooth leather will be too oily and may permanently darken and mat suede fibers. Please do not use mink oil on any Softstar shoes as it will mat the fibers of our natural leather and will break down the adhesive soling on styles that have bonded soles.

    WASHING:

    We do not recommend frequent washing of any leather product because it will strip the leather of it's natural oils and cause it to dry stiffer. When a suede brush is not enough, you can use a damp cloth or hand wash your suede shoes with a gentle shampoo and cool water, then let them air dry. Do not attempt to dry your shoes by exposing them to high heat, such as a clothes dryer, a hair dryer or by leaving them on a radiator or next to a fire. Doing so may damage leather or rubber soles.

    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. Be sure to give your wet shoes ample time to air dry. Shoes with sheepskin can take 3-4 days to air dry if fully submerged in water, but you can speed up the drying process by stuffing them with old newspapers and replacing the paper twice a day.

     



    Care Tips for Sheepskin Boots

    Softstar Phoenix boots are made from genuine, high quality sheepskin.

    While genuine sheepskin is incredibly cozy and beautiful, it is also delicate and will stretch under strain. When wearing your Phoenix boots, use care to avoid stepping off the back or sides of your heels while you walk as doing so repeatedly can affect the shape of the boots and alter the way they fit. The best way to prevent this is by insuring you purchase the correct size. For adults, we recommend selecting a boot size that fits very snugly at first, as they will stretch over time. For children, growing room is important, so a little extra space is recommended. If possible, have your kids wear their boots the first few times on dryer days to give them time to form to their feet.

    The boot uppers are made from eco-friendly leathers that are tanned in the USA. Our leather hides are natural products and some variation in texture and markings is to be expected. If you need to clean your boots, wash gently by hand with a damp cloth and let them air dry.

    Condition the leather as often as desired with any quality leathercare product, but take care not to get any oils on the edges of the rubber soles. Mink oil, specifically, will degrade the sole adhesion and can lead to separation of soling over time—we do not recommend the use of mink oil anywhere on our boots, as it can eventually seep down to the sole. For general conditioning we recommend Bee Natural Amore, For enhanced moisture protectoin we recommend Bee Natural Rain and Snow or Nikwax Full Grain Waterproofing. Be careful to use these products only on the smooth leather portion of the shoes and not on the suede cuffs (leathercare products designed for the full grain leather uppers may permanently darken suede). It is not necessary to apply a suede protectant or waterproofer to the cuffs, but doing so may help keep that portion of the boot looking clean. If you do choose to add extra protection to the suede, be careful to use a product specifically made for suede leather.

    Sheepskin boots can take 3-4 days to air dry if fully soaked with water. You can speed up the drying process by stuffing the boots with old newspapers and replacing the paper twice a day. If they become this wet, be very careful to avoid wearing them again until fully dry because the leather will be more susceptible to stretching and the fit may alter. Do not attempt to dry your shoes by exposing them to high heat, such as a clothes dryer, a hair dryer or by leaving them on a radiator or next to a fire. Doing so may damage leather or rubber soles.

     



    Care Tips for Vegan Shoes

    Softstar vegan shoes are made from Ultrasuede™ synthetic leather. All are very durable, made from recycled materials and are machine washable. Yes, that's right—you can throw your shoes in the washer whenever needed. We recommend air drying them, but if you have a drying rack that inserts in your dryer, then you can use it on light heat.