Child/Youth Rambler

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Need moccasin-like comfort that stands up to the elements of Earth, Wind, Fire, Water... and Childhood? Step into the Rambler and step out into the world, without fear of muddy mires or rocky roads!

Note: All sizes are now made with our Vibram Pyramid sole. Details below.

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We know that nothing beats a moccasin for barefoot comfort…after all, who doesn’t want to be constantly enveloped in buttery leather and fluffy sheepskin? Unfortunately, the gentle, peaceful moccasin has some natural enemies: wet weather, jagged terrain…rough-asphalted skate parks. So which do you choose: comfort, or resilience?

Trick question—no choice necessary! We’ve designed the Rambler to provide both durable soling AND the cozy fit of your child’s favorite moccasins. This shoe features a flexible, stitched-on Vibram sole that resists water, debris, and other unpredictable obstacles of growing up. Elastic concealed in the ankle seam secures the shoe to the foot while enabling the wearer to slip it on and off with ease. The smooth leather Rambler comes equipped with our suede innersole, and genuine sheepskin innersole inserts can be added for moisture-wicking temperature regulation from summer to winter. Ramble on, comfort-lovers, ramble on!

  • Flexible Vibram rubber sole for durable outdoor use
  • Suede innersoles (sheepskin innersole inserts can be added separately)
  • Indoor/outdoor shoe
  • Elastic ankle closure - Easy on, secure it, easy off!
  • Designed and handcrafted in Oregon, USA
  • Soling Change Notice

    You may notice we have made a change from the 4mm Sof-Touch soling for children's sizes 2-7 to our 6mm Vibram Pyramid sole.  This change was necessary as our vendor for Sof-Touch was no longer able to make this product.  In response we have decided to return to our roots and use the Vibram sole on all child sizes 2-12, just like we did from 1985-2005. This sole was used and loved for 20 years on our smallest shoes, and we have recently tested again on our own little elves with great success.

    While it is slightly thicker than Sof-Touch, the Vibram sole is still flexible, lightweight and allows natural, barefoot-like proprioception.  It will mold to your child's foot within a few hours and has the added benefit of improved durability, as well. 

    We understand that changes can be frustrating and we are always on the lookout for additional soling options.  It is possible we will find another option in the future, but until that happens we are considering this change to be permanent. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Customer Service team.

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 - 11.9 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 - 12 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 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.

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.

6mm rubber Pyramid sole.

Extra durable 9mm Rugged Trail soles also available for sizes 8+ (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.

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.