Child North Star

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

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Need a smaller size? Check out our Baby North Star.

Warm feet are happy feet! The North Star is an ideal cold-weather kid's lace up boot, 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 kid's lace up boots 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 North Star boot's 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 kids to wear very thick socks with the North Star leather boots 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.

  • Soft leather uppers
  • Rubber Vibram Geo soles are 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 kid's lace up 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.

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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.
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If you need to measure your width then follow the same directions shown above, but position your foot parallel to the wall and measure from the widest point.

... and Find Your Size

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

Softstar Adult
Shoe Size
Regular US Shoes Size Length Regular Width
5U 4.5 - 5 Mens
5.5 - 6 Womens
22.2 - 23.0 cm 8.1 - 9.8 cm
6U 5.5 - 6 Mens
6.5 - 7 Womens
23.0 - 23.9 cm 8.4 - 10.1 cm
7U 6.5 - 7 Mens
7.5 - 8 Womens
23.9 - 24.7 cm 8.7 - 10.4 cm
8U 7.5 - 8 Mens
8.5 - 9 Womens
24.7 - 25.6 cm 9.1 - 10.8 cm
9U 8.5 - 9 Mens
9.5 - 10 Womens
25.6 - 26.4 cm 9.3 - 11.0 cm
10U 9.5 - 10 Mens
10.5 - 11 Womens
26.4 - 27.3 cm 9.6 - 11.3 cm
11U 10.5 - 11 Mens
11.5 - 12 Womens
27.3 - 28.1 cm 9.9 - 11.6 cm
12U 11.5 - 12 Mens 28.1 - 28.9 cm 10.2 - 11.9 cm
13U 12.5 - 13 Mens 28.9 - 29.8 cm 10.5 - 12.2 cm
14U 13.5 - 14 Mens 29.8 - 30.5 cm 10.9 - 12.6 cm
15U 14.5 - 15 Mens 30.5 - 31.4 cm 11.2 - 12.9 cm
  1. This chart accounts for growing room.
  2. 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.
Softstar Youth
Shoe Size
Approx Age Range Length Regular Width
1Y 4 - 6 Years 18.5 - 19.4 cm 6.4 - 8.0 cm
2Y 5 - 8 Years 19.4 - 20.2 cm 6.7 - 8.3 cm
3Y 5 - 8 Years 20.2 - 21.0 cm 7.3 - 8.9 cm
4Y 6 - 10 Years 21.0 - 21.9 cm 7.5 - 9.1 cm
5Y/5U 6 - 10 Years 21.9 - 22.7 cm 8.1 - 9.8 cm
6Y/6U 8 - 12 Years 22.7 - 23.6 cm 8.4 - 10.1 cm
7Y/7U 8 - 12 Years 23.6 - 24.4 cm 8.7 - 10.4 cm
8Y/8U 12+ Years 24.4 - 25.3 cm 9.1 - 10.8 cm
  1. This chart accounts for growing room.
Child Size Approx Age Range Length Regular Width
2 0 - 6 months ≤ 10.2 cm 4.3 - 5.9 cm
3 6 - 12 months 10.2 - 11.1 cm 4.6 - 6.2 cm
4 12 - 18 months 11.1 - 11.9 cm 5.0 - 6.6 cm
5 18 months 11.9 - 12.8 cm 5.3 - 6.9 cm
6 18 - 24 months 12.8 - 13.6 cm 5.6 - 7.2 cm
7 2 years 13.6 - 14.5 cm 5.7 - 7.3 cm
8 2 - 3 years 14.5 - 15.3 cm 6.0 - 7.6 cm
9 3 years 15.3 - 16.2 cm 6.4 - 8.0 cm
10 3 - 4 years 16.2 - 17.0 cm 6.7 - 8.3 cm
11 4 - 6 years 17.0 - 17.9 cm 7.1 - 8.7 cm
12 4 - 6 years 17.9 - 18.7 cm 7.5 - 9.1 cm

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.


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.

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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

Our vegan shoes, such as Quick Dry Runamocs, are super easy to clean! Simply rinse them out by hand with cold water. For tough stains, scrub lightly with a cloth or soft-bristled brush, but be careful not to use stiff or wire bristles. These shoes will air dry quickly, but you can speed up the process even more by stuffing them with newspaper.

Which Shoe Style 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 Scout Moccasin Rambler Classic Merry Jane Laguna 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.

6mm rubber Pyramid sole.

Extra durable 8.5mm Rugged soles also available for sizes 6+ (recommended for kids who play rough and wear through shoes quickly).

6mm rubber Pyramid sole.

6mm rubber Pyramid sole.

6mm rubber Pyramid sole.

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.

We can also make this style in XWIDE width upon special request for kids with exceptionally large feet. Visit this page for more info.

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.

We can also make this style in XWIDE width upon special request for kids with exceptionally large feet. Visit this page for more info.

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

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.

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Customer Questions
How do I know if I ordered the right shoe size for my child?

Finding the right size shoe for your children can be challenging, especially because you never know when an unexpected growth spurt will come along. Fortunately, we have a lot of experience helping parents find the right size for their little ones, and we've gone through it with our own kids, too.

As a general rule of thumb (literally), have your child try on the shoe and make sure the heel is pushed all the way back. We recommend having a thumb's width of space between your child's toes and the front seam of the shoe. We have found this to be a good amount of space to allow for growing room without being too big.

Following these guidelines, parents buying new shoes during back-to-school season can usually expect the size to last most, if not all of the new school year (but again, growth spurts can be unpredictable).

Are Softstar's boots waterproof?

The full grain leather used to make Softstar's boots is naturally a little water resistant and will do well to keep feet dry in light rain. Water may seep in during heavy rain, walking through snow or stomping through puddles. For those situations we recommend adding a waterproofing leathercare product to the boots. Any product designed for full grain leather should work, but we sell two on our website: Nikwax Full Grain Leather Waterproofing and Bee Natural Rain and Snow. Keep in mind that most waterproofing leathercare products actually increase water resistance and are not likely to make your shoes 100% waterproof, but they can still make a significant difference to keep feet dry. Also, they may need to be reapplied regularly depending on how much wear and tear the shoes experience. Follow the product's directions and guidelines for best results.

If you are applying leathercare to our Phoenix or North Star boots then keep in mind that the sheepskin cuffs of those boots are suede, not full grain leather. The cuffs are high enough that in most cases waterproofing them is unnecessary for keeping feet dry, but if you would like to do so then it is recommended to use a suede leathercare since full grain leathercare may permanently stain suede.

What is Softstar's policy for returns and exchanges?

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 and non-exchangeable.

Please let us know if you need help with a return or exchange. 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.

Click here for more details about our guarantee.

Does Softstar customize shoes?

It depends what you mean...

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. Click this button to begin selecting your colors and motifs.

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 or sizes available on our website then we do offer limited services for special requests and Made-to-Measure shoes. This is how we define those terms:

  • Special Requests are simple alterations we can offer on our shoes for no extra charge, such as making the elastic in your moccasins a bit longer. Shoes made with these requests are still fully refundable.
  • Made-to-Measure shoes are bespoke shoe designs that are only made on a limited basis for children with special needs. Due to the time and labor it takes to make Made-to-Measure shoes, we do not offer this service during busy seasons.

Click Here for the complete list of special requests and made-to-measure services we offer.

What shoe size should I order if my child wears a half size?
If your child wears a half size then we recommend ordering the larger size.
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.

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