Are your feet craving the cozy comfort that only wool can provide? The Merino Zen Indoor Moccasin Slipper is for you! Our first-ever wool design is an innovative cross between a slipper and a shoe featuring luxurious 100% merino wool uppers and soft, flexible soles. With handcrafted leather detailing and a roomy toe box, you’ll get the best of both worlds in comfort and style. Plus, this merino wool slipper weighs in at just under 4oz for most sizes, which makes it one of our lightest designs to date. You might forget you’re wearing anything on your feet!
Recommended for indoor use or light outdoor use.
Roomy toe box.
Adjustable Velcro closure for a customized fit.
100% Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified merino wool uppers and innersole from Germany (ensures safety in textiles).
Poron midsole and Halcyon outer sole, made from 0.5mm rubberized fabric, adds extra protection, traction and water resistance.
Naturally homeostatic wool keeps your feet at a regulated temperature, wicks away sweat, and neutralizes odors.
These merino wool shoes can be worn with or without socks.
Designed and handcrafted at our workshop in Oregon, USA.
Many of our youth sizes end at size 4Y. In these cases, you can find the next size up in our adult category starting with size 5U (adult unisex). Note that measurements differ slightly for sizes that overlap on both our youth and adult sizing charts because the youth chart accounts for growing room and the adult chart does not.
Checking Width? Our sizing charts show average width measurements, but the height of your instep and the shape of your foot can also affect the width that fits best for you. If you have never needed wide or narrow shoes in the past then we recommend trying a regular width in our shoes.
Our printable shoe size charts 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."
The merino wool we use at Softstar is 100% natural fiber grown by merino sheep. The fibers are thinner, softer and longer than regular sheep wool, which is why it is easy to wear next to skin and less likely to cause irritation. Merino wool is not only breathable and antimicrobial, but also anti-wrinkle, anti-static, fire resistant, durable and quick drying.
This material is more resiliant and less likely to need care compared to other wools, but we undestand that accidents happen. If you find you need to clean your Merino Zen moccasins, here are a few tips:
We do not recommend submerging your Zen moccasins in water. Instead, spot treat stains using a microfiber or other lint-free cloth. Wet the cloth and gently blot the stained area. If you need to remove stubborn stains or oils then add a little wool cleaner or baby shampoo to the rag and gently rub the stain. When done, use water to carefully blot/rinse away all soap residue.
If your moccasins become damp from cleaning then allow them to air dry. Avoid placing wet wool moccasins in direct sunlight or next to high heat sources, and never place them in a heated dryer, as this may shrink or otherwise damage the wool.
Pilling can occur in some fabrics over time when fibers become loose and form little balls on the surface. The high quality merino wool textile used for Zen moccasins should not create pills from normal use. If, however, your Merino Zen moccasins encounter extreme friction or pick up pills from other fabrics then you can use a sweater stone to remove this fuzz.
To use a sweater stone, gently rub the stone over the wool in a single direction. Be careful to avoid sewn stitches in the shoe as the stone can damage the thread.
Is the Merino Zen moccasin an indoor shoe or an outdoor shoe?
The Merino Zen moccasin is suitable for indoor use or for light outdoor use. The thin 0.5mm Halcyon sole provides grippy traction and helps protect the moccasin from moisture, but it is not durable enough for heavy outdoor use. They're great for running errands around town or meeting up with friends, but taking them on hiking trails or scuffing on textured asphalt will cause the sole to wear out more quickly. If you avoid rough use then the durabel wool uppers will have a long life.
Does Softstar use 100% merino wool?
Yes, the wool fabric used to make the uppers of our wool shoes is 100% merino wool, which means the ultimate in softness and comfort for your feet. We used the purest and highest quality wool we could find, unlike other wool shoes that are made from blends of lesser wools and synthetics. Of course, the rubberized soles are not made from wool.
Does Softstar use merino wool that is ethically sourced?
YES! Not only is our merino wool material made using ecologically-sustainable methods, it is also sourced from humanely-treated sheep.
While we do our best to source our shoemaking materials from within the United States, we sometimes make exceptions for materials that exceed standards for ethical fashion. Our merino wool is sourced from Germany for the highest quality of soft, durable fibers with ethical animal welfare standards and Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 certification. This certification ensures it has been tested to show it does not contain any harmful substances. In many cases the limit values for the Standard 100 go beyond international requirements to test for both regulated and non-regulated substances that may be harmful to human health.
Are Softstar's merino wool shoes vegan?
No. Even though our merino wool is humanely sourced from ethically-raised sheep, it is still a product from a living animal and is therefore not vegan. Also, leather is still used for the insole of Merino Merry Janes, and leather strips are embroidered into the strap of Merino Zen moccasins.
Do Merino Zen moccasins fit like other Softstar shoes?
The Merino Zen moccasin features a toe box that is slightly wider than most Softstar shoes, except for shoes made with our Primal sole shape such as Primal RunAmocs or Primal Sawyers.
Do sizes of Merino Zen moccasins match the sizes of other Softstar shoes?
The length of the Zen moccasin matches the length of our standard adult Softstar shoes. We recommend ordering these moccasins in your normal Softstar shoe size, or the size that is recommended from our size measurement chart (See the "Sizing" tab for more details). If you have questions about your size then please do not hesitate to contact our friendly customer service elves.
Is the Merino Zen moccasin available in different widths?
No. The Zen is only available in one width, but with the adjustable Velcro strap you can easily change how snugly or loosely it fits around your instep.
Can I customize the colors of the Merino Zen moccasin?
No. At this time, the Merino Zen moccasin is only availalbe in the collection colors shown above.
Can I put sheepskin innersoles in Zen moccasins?
Yes! We recommend our Sheepskin Plus innersoles with a PRIMAL shape and a REGULAR width. That will be the best fit for the Zen, and these innersoles come with adhesive tape on the underside to keep them in place.
Can I buy replacement wool insoles for my Merino Zen slippers?
Yes, but you must call us to place a special order for these merino wool insoles over the phone: (541) 753-5845
What is Softstar's return policy?
Softstar shoes that are still in brand new condition may be returned for a refund for any reason within 45 days of receipt. This also applies to shoes that you customized with your own unique colors and motifs. We will refund the full cost of the shoes, but customers are responsible for all return shipping charges.
There are some exceptions to this policy: shoes treated with leather care products, shoes purchased from our biannual clearance sales and specially designed made-to-measure shoes (shoes designed for children with special needs) are non-returnable.
Your refund will be applied after the shoes arrive at our shop. If you would like to exchange your shoes for a different size/color/style then you can simply place a new order at your convenience.
Please let us know if you need help with a return. Softstar also has a Happy Feet Guarantee which outlines replacements/returns for workmanship, fit or durability concerns. Click here to read more about our return policy.
Does Softstar guarantee their handcrafted shoes?
We 100% guarantee we will repair or replace any defects in leather, sheepskin or workmanship free of charge within 30 days of receiving your shoes. This does not cover wear and tear or misuse on behalf of the consumer. Wear and tear is damage that naturally and inevitably occurs as a result of normal use.
We stand by our product and will send you a return shipping label and either repair or replace your shoes if they fail for durability as described below:
Peeling of leather finish or print within the first 6 weeks, excluding our shiny leathers which naturally scuff and/or develop patina appearance with normal wear.
Stitching defects within first 3 months.
Heel support detachment within 3 months.
Innersole bunching, coming loose or developing bald spot within 3 months.
Sole delamination within 3 months.
Leather inlays coming loose within 6 months.
Non-functional closures (VelcroTM, buckles, elastic failures, zippers) within 12 months.
If you want one of our existing shoe styles made with your own unique color combinations and motifs, then YES! You can choose these custom options for any style that shows the swirly "CUSTOMIZABLE" rainbow icon in the upper right corner. When you are selecting colors for these shoes you will see a "Customize Your Colors" button below our collection color options.
This is part of our everyday fun to see what creations you design as we handcraft each pair for you here in our Oregon workshop. These custom shoes are also fully returnable according to the terms of our return policy.
If you are looking for customization beyond the shoe shoe designs, colors, or sizes available on our website then we do offer limited services for special requests. Special requests such as longer straps, special motif colors, split sizes or single pairs can often be done. Click here for more details.
Where are Softstar shoes made?
All Softstar shoes are 100% designed and handcrafted at our workshop in Philomath, Oregon, USA. We don't outsource any of our manufacturing processes, but instead do it all under one roof. All of our order fulfillment and shipping happens directly from our workshop, too. For more information and to see how our shoes are made, visit this page.
Are the moccasins zero drop?
Yes, all Softstar shoes and moccasins are zero drop and have no height difference in the sole between the heel and toe.