Baby North Star

From $75.00

Help your toddler shine through the cold, overcast months this year with the winter-worthy North Star! This longtime favorite features sheepskin innersoles and adjustable cuffs, making for a warm, flexible bootie to help your little one whether the weather ;)

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Warm feet are happy feet! The North Star is an ideal cold-weather minimal shoe, easily transitioning from fall, to winter, to those early spring days when there’s sun one moment, and freezing drizzle the next...you know the ones. The luxuriously soft suede-and-sheep cuffs can be laced down for a cozy winter shoe, or laced up for a taller, more boot-like shape. Best of all, these winter shoes slip on and off with ease, making indoor/outdoor transitions quick, easy, and convenient! Soft soles, lightweight, adorable and warm—all in one package!

While you can easily just pull the cuff down as a warm ankle shoe, using an alternate lacing pattern with shorter laces will give a snugger fit. If you plan for your toddler to wear very thick socks with these shoes then we recommend ordering one size larger in a wide width. We are happy to include the shorter laces for one dollar more, which you can select through the checkbox above. Instructions for the new lacing pattern will be included, but you can also download them here:

This boot has genuine sheep fleece on the cuff and foot bed, making it an excellent choice as a winter shoe. If you are looking for an even warmer boot then you may want to check out our fully-lined Child Phoenix boots.

  • Full grain leather uppers
  • Soft rubber Vibram Geo soles—durable and flexible
  • Allows natural foot movement and development
  • Genuine sheepskin innersole and cuff for added warmth. Innersole can be replaced with our Child/Youth Sheepskin PLUS Innersole (sold separately) if it wears down
  • Can be worn with or without socks
  • Made from premium responsibly-sourced leather
  • Designed and handcrafted in Oregon, USA

Please be warned that although our boots are naturally moisture-resistant, they are not waterproof and can become soaked through after extended hours in snowy/wet conditions. Although our boots make excellent play shoes, they are not extended adventures in severely cold or wet climates.

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:

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Remove shoes and socks and place bare foot so that the heel is barely touching a wall.
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Place a book on the floor, parallel to the wall, so that it is barely touching the front of the longest toe.
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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."


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.

Which Shoe is Best for Your Child?

Use our handy chart below to compare our child shoe styles and find the best fit for your needs. Remember that all Softstar shoes are made from soft, eco-friendly leather and lightweight, flexible soles for healthy foot development. For children in particular, this is important as the bones in their feet are still forming and not fully ossified until ages 9-11. We believe shoes should provide protection from the elements while doing their best to mimic barefoot conditions.

If you cannot see the entire table, swipe left/right or use the scrollbar at the botttom to expand your view.

RunAmoc Style Comparison
Roo Moccasin Scount Moccasin Rambler Classic Merry Jane Sandal North Star
Summary kids-roo-moccasin-shoe A soft and flexible slip-on moccasin with sheepskin insoles. Ideal for indoor and light outdoor use. kids-scout-moccasin-shoe Similar to our Roo moccasin, but with suede insoles to keep feet cool in warm temperatures. kids-rambler-shoe Easy to slip-on with a rubber sole for increased durability on the playground. kids-classic-shoe A classy fitted style for all occasions. "Closed" design keeps out water, debris and snow. kids-mary-jane-shoe Mary Jane style with adjustable buckle. Great for both outdoor play and dressy occasions. kids-sandal Easy Velcro strap and open toes and heels keep feet cool on warm summer days. kids-north-star-winter-boot-shoe Versatile for cold weather: lace cuff-up for a sheepskin boot or cuff-down as a slip-on winter shoe.
Features

Our signature moccasin, and suitable for all ages from 0-99!

Roos feature lush sheepskin insoles, suede outersoles and natural leather uppers to allow our most unrestricted barefoot-like movement. Cozy to wear around the house and preferred by schools that require soft-soled classroom shoes. Also recommended for encouraging healthy foot development in early walkers.

Like Roos, Scout moccasins allow a maximum range of flexibility for free movement. Scouts feature a suede insole and outersole with a thin memory foam midsole. Great for keeping feet cool on hot days.

A slip-on style similar to our moccasins, but made with a rubber outersole for enhanced durability. Still a good first walker shoe and great for rough outdoor play. Also acceptable for schools that require soft classroom shoes.

The first shoe made by Softstar in 1985, and still a family favorite!

Upper is made from a single piece of leather stretched around the shoe for a classy fitted design. Features a Velcro closure for easy on/off. Great for outdoor play, but can also work for formal occasions with the right colors.

A classy minimalist version of the traditional Mary Jane, but they make feet so happy we had to call it "Merry."

Keeps kids cool on hot days! Open toe and heel not only provide ventilation, but also give a little more growing room before your kids need to size up. Features a Velcro closure for easy on/off.

Great for keeping feet warm on chilly days! Made with our genuine sheepskin fleece hides for extra cozy insoles and cuffs, which can be worn up or down.

Leather

Choose from suede leather or smooth full grain Sublime leather (a slightly softer, more flexible version of our Nova leather). Suede feels cozier, Sublime is easier to clean.

Smooth Sublime leather uppers with suede outersole.

Smooth Nova leather.

Smooth Nova leather.

Smooth Nova leather.

Smooth Nova leather.

Smooth Nova leather.

Closure

Elastic (slip-on).

Elastic (slip-on).

Elastic (slip-on).

Velcro strap.

Buckled strap.

Velcro strap.

Laces, but can be made into a slip-on shoe if laced cuff-down.

Innersole

Sheepskin only. Our genuine sheepskin fleece naturally wicks moisture and helps keep feet dry.

Suede only.

Suede only. Removable sheepskin insoles can be purchased separately.

Suede only. Removable sheepskin insoles can be purchased separately.

Suede only.

Suede only.

Sheepskin only. Our genuine sheepskin fleece naturally wicks moisture and helps keep feet dry.

Outersole

Suede leather sole; will become smooth and shiny with wear.

Suede leather sole; will become smooth and shiny with wear.

Up to child size 7: 4mm rubber Sof-Touch soles.

Child sizes 8+: 6mm rubber Pyramid soles.

Extra durable 9mm Rugged Trail soles also available for sizes 8+ (recommended for kids who play rough and wear through shoes quickly).

Up to child size 7: 4mm rubber Sof-Touch soles.

Child sizes 8+: 6mm rubber Pyramid soles.

Up to child size 7: 4mm rubber Sof-Touch soles.

Child sizes 8+: 6mm rubber Pyramid soles.

Up to child size 7: 4mm rubber Sof-Touch soles.

Child sizes 8+: 6mm rubber Pyramid soles.

6mm rubber Geo soles.

Wide?

YES! Wide width options are available, and this flexible shoe stretches well to adapt to big feet. Elastic can also be adjusted after shoe is made if more ankle room is needed.

YES! Wide width options are available, and this flexible shoe stretches well to adapt to big feet. Elastic can also be adjusted after shoe is made if more ankle room is needed.

YES! Wide width options are available, and this shoe will stretch a little to adapt to big feet. Elastic can also be adjusted after shoe is made if more ankle room is needed.

Fitted design is not as accommodating to extra wide feet as our other styles, but wide width options are available.

YES! Wide width options are available. This shoe's open front and adjustable strap allow this shoe to easily accommodate large or tall insteps.

Works well for most wide feet... better than the Classic, but not as roomy as a wide Roo or Rambler.

Wide widths are available, but fitted design is not as accommodating to extra wide feet as our other styles.