COSMETIC DEFECT Sport Ballerine

From $190.00 $153.00

Please read the description below for specific details about this pair of shoes.

Discounted clearance shoes are fully refundable/exchangeable according to the terms of our return policy.

Clearance shoes are only non-refundable during our spring and winter clearance sales when they are heavily discounted. When a clearance sale is active, this notice will change to let you know the shoes cannot be refunded or exchanged.

$190.00 $153.00
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  • Size : Adult 8U
  • Width : Wide
  • Shoe Colors : SHINY Aqua body, SUEDE Turquoise heel, PLONGE Teal trim, Pink Elastic Sport Closure
  • Insole : Suede
  • Outer Sole : 4mm Cherry (Rubber)
  • Closure : Slip On
  • Quality : Cosmetic Defect
  • Other Details : Cosmetic Defect: Slight peeling in the finish around the front of the right shoe.
  • Product Tag : 5560

Say goodbye 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. Handcrafted with our premium leather uppers, a stretchy trim on the front and sides holds the shoe gently to your foot. The elastic sport closure provides a more secure fit while adding a stlyish flare. Our flexible VibramTM 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 Oregon, USA using responsibly sourced premium 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. Outside base of heel is protected by small rubber wrap.
  • Flexible 4mm VibramTM Cherry sole provides traction and protection

The following list shows all of the current leather colors used in our workshop.

You will notice that our smooth, full grain leathers come in a variety of grades and styles. We have 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 then you will only see the recommended leather types for that style.


NOVA Smooth Leathers (full grain)

NOVA
White

NOVA White Leather

NOVA
Black

NOVA Black Leather

NOVA
Slate

NOVA Slate Leather

NOVA
Chocolate

NOVA Chocolate Leather

NOVA
Red

NOVA Red Leather

NOVA
Flamingo

NOVA Flamingo Leather

NOVA
Orange

NOVA Orange Leather

NOVA
Yellow

NOVA Yellow Leather

NOVA
Grass Green

NOVA Grass Green Leather

NOVA
Peacock

NOVA Peacock Leather

NOVA
Turquoise

NOVA Turquoise Leather

NOVA
Cerulean

NOVA Cerulean Leather

NOVA
Ocean

NOVA Ocean Leather

NOVA
Navy

NOVA Navy Leather

NOVA
Purple

NOVA Purple Leather
  • Nova Leather Details...

    Nova is a durable full grain leather that is slightly stiffer than our other smooth leather options. It is 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.


SUBLIME Smooth Leathers (full grain)

SUBLIME
Smoke

SUBLIME Smoke Leather

SUBLIME
Flint

SUBLIME Flint Leather

SUBLIME
Black

SUBLIME Black Leather

SUBLIME
Chocolate

SUBLIME Chocolate Leather

SUBLIME
Latte

SUBLIME Latte Leather

SUBLIME
Eggshell

SUBLIME Eggshell Leather

SUBLIME
Oxblood

SUBLIME Oxblood Leather

SUBLIME
Blaze

Sublime Blaze Leather

SUBLIME
Clementine

SUBLIME Clementine Leather

SUBLIME
Sunflower

SUBLIME Sunflower Leather

SUBLIME
Kiwi

SUBLIME Kiwi Leather

SUBLIME
Fern

SUBLIME Fern Leather

SUBLIME
Pacific

SUBLIME Pacific Leather

SUBLIME
Tahiti

SUBLIME Tahiti Leather

SUBLIME
Azure

SUBLIME Azure Leather

SUBLIME
Navy

SUBLIME Navy

SUBLIME
Elderberry

SUBLIME Elderberry

SUBLIME
Fuchsia

SUBLIME Fuchsia Leather

SUBLIME
Black with
Glossy Black
Stars

SUBLIME Black Leather
  • Sublime Leather Details...

    Sublime is a durable full grain leather that is slightly softer and more supple 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. The texture of Sublime leather looks the same as our Nova and Vegetable Tanned leathers, though grain size can vary throughout every hide.


Specialty Smooth Leathers (full grain)

AGED
Black

SMOOTH Aged Black Leather

AGED
Boulder

SMOOTH Aged Boulder Leather

AGED
Walnut

SMOOTH Aged Walnut Leather

AGED
Whiskey

SMOOTH Aged Whiskey Leather

AGED
Acorn

SMOOTH Aged Acorn Leather

AGED
Poblano

SMOOTH Aged PoblanoLeather

VEGETABLE TANNED
Black

VEGETABLE TANNED Butternut Leather

VEGETABLE TANNED
Cocoa

VEGETABLE TANNED Cocoa

VEGETABLE TANNED
Coconut

VEGETABLE TANNED Coconut Leather

VEGETABLE TANNED
Wild Rose

VEGETABLE TANNED Wild Rose

SHINY
Platinum

SHINY Platinum Leather

SHINY
Copper

SHINY Copper Leather

SHINY
Pewter

SHINY Pewter Leather

SHINY
Ruby

SHINY Ruby Leather

SHINY
Pink

SHINY Pink Leather

SHINY
Aqua

SHINY Aqua Leather

DUBLIN
Black

Dublin Black Leather

DUBLIN
Terra

Dublin Terra Leather

DUBLIN
Currant

Dublin Currant Leather
  • Specialty Leather Details...

    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

    DUBLIN: Dublin is a thicker, denser top grain leather used for our Hawthorne Chukkas. Sometimes you will also see Dublin leather on other shoe styles in our clearance categories.

    CORK: not actually leather, but a very thin fabric lined with actual cork, sometimes painted in decorative patterns. Due to its thin nature, this material is only available for Dash RunAmoc sides or Ballerine heels. Cork is not a standared option and may only be available through special limited edition releases.


PLONGE Leathers

PLONGE
White

White Leather

PLONGE
Graphite

Plonge Graphite

PLONGE
Black

Black Leather

PLONGE
Hazelnut

Hazelnut Leather

PLONGE
Taupe

Taupe Leather

PLONGE
Pearl

Plonge Pearl

PLONGE
Red

Fuchsia Leather

PLONGE
Fuchsia

Fuchsia Leather

PLONGE
Banana

Banana

PLONGE
Kelp

Plonge Kelp

PLONGE
Teal

Plonge Teal

PLONGE
Royal Blue

Royal Blue Leather

PLONGE
Robin's Egg

Robin's Egg Blue Leather

PLONGE
Purple

Plonge Purple

PLONGE
Metallic Bronze

Metallic Bronze

PLONGE
Rustic Crimson

Plonge Rustic Crimson

PLONGE
Rustic Umber

Plonge Rustic Umber

PLONGE
Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope

PLONGE
White Python

White Python
  • Plonge Leather Details...

    Plonge is 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 Leathers

SUEDE
Black

SUEDE Black Leather

SUEDE
Chocolate

SUEDE Chocolate Leather

SUEDE
Honey

SUEDE Honey Leather

SUEDE
Tan

SUEDE Tan Leather

SUEDE
Burgundy

SUEDE Burgundy Leather

SUEDE
Red

SUEDE Red Leather

SUEDE
Watermelon

SUEDE Watermelon Leather

SUEDE
Orange

SUEDE Orange Leather

SUEDE
Forest

SUEDE Forest Green Leather

SUEDE
Moss

SUEDE Moss Leather

SUEDE
Turquoise

SUEDE Turquoise Leather

SUEDE
Royal

SUEDE Royal Leather

SUEDE
Navy

SUEDE Navy Leather

SUEDE
Purple

SUEDE Purple Leather

SUEDE
Lavender

SUEDE Lavender Leather

SUEDE
Fuchsia

SUEDE Fuchsia Leather

SUEDE
Cream with Shiny Gold Stars

SUEDE Cream with Shiny Gold Stars Leather
  • Suede Leather Details...

    Suede leather is 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 Leathers

NUBUCK
Pebble

NUBUCK Pebble Leather

NUBUCK
Black

Nubuck Black Leather

NUBUCK
Coffee

Nubuck Coffee Leather

NUBUCK
Scotch

Nubuck Scotch Leather

NUBUCK
Burgundy

Nubuck Burgundy Leather

NUBUCK
Loden

Nubuck Loden Leather

NUBUCK
Oregon Grape

NUBUCK Oregon Grape

NUBUCK
Navy With
Stars

NUBUCK Navy with Stars
  • Nubuck Leather Details...

    Nubuck is 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. This leather is used for adult Roo moccasins, Primal Sawyers and select special edition shoes.


LITE Leathers

LITE
White

LITE White Leather

LITE
Black

LITE Black Leather

LITE
Chocolate

LITE Chocolate Leather

LITE
Fuchsia

LITE Fuchsia Leather

LITE
Sunflower

LITE Sunflower Leather

LITE
Turquoise

LITE Turquoise Leather

PERFORATED
Blush Bubbles

Perforated Blush Bubbles
  • LITE Leather Details...

    Our LITE leather is a thin full grain 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. This leather is used for our Dash RunAmocs, Moc3 RunAmocs and/or Ballerine flats.


SuperFabric® and Torino Leathers

SUPERFABRIC
Sandstone

Sandstone SuperFabric

SUPERFABRIC
Slate

Slate SuperFabric

TORINO
Sandstone

Sandstone Leather

TORINO
Slate

Slate Leather
  • SuperFabric® and Torino Leather Details...

    SuperFabric® and Torino leathers are used exclusively for Switchback boots. These materials are known for their extreme durability.

    SUPERFABRIC®: an innovative new textile that is nearly indestructible. Performance is enhanced through the configuration of tiny armored plates that provide resistance to a variety of harsh elements. An environmentally friendly solvent-free curing method is used to make this material: no water or phthalates are used and no VOC's (Volatile Organic Compounds) are produced during the process. SuperFabric® is waterproof, yet breathable and is resistant to abrasions, punctures, slashes and stains.

    TORINO LEATHER: this uniquely durable leather is made in the USA and pretreated with LeatherShield for additional waterproofing and abrasion resistance. It is also anti-bacterial and protected against light fastness.


ELASTIC Straps/Sport Closures (fabric, not leather)

ELASTIC
White

White Elastic

ELASTIC
Flint

Flint Elastic

ELASTIC
Black

Black Elastic

ELASTIC
Brown

Brown Elastic

ELASTIC
Beige

Beige Elastic

ELASTIC
Red

Red Elastic

ELASTIC
Fuchsia

Fuchsia Elastic

ELASTIC
Gold

Gold Elastic

ELASTIC
Royal Blue

Royal Blue Elastic

ELASTIC
Purple

Purple Elastic
  • Elastic Details...

    Our cloth elastic is a non-leather (animal-free) material used for the straps of select shoes, including our child sandals and Ballerine flats that feature the optional sport closure. A small amount of elastic is also added to the buckles of our Merry Janes and Solstice Sandles to allow a little stretchy "give". This helps hold the strap secure while allowing the wearer to pull the shoe on or off without needing to unbuckle.


MERINO Wool (not leather)

MERINO
Charcoal

Charcoal

MERINO
Mocha

Mocha

MERINO
Chai

Chai

MERINO
Merlot

Merlot

MERINO
Serene Blue

Serene Blue
  • Merino Wool Details...

    This wool fabric, used to make our Zen Moccasins and occasional specialty shoes, is made from 100% merino wool for exceptional softness and comfort. 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. 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 due to its high 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. 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.


Discontinued Colors

The following leather colors are no longer available for new custom shoes, but you may still find these colors on shoes in our clearance category.

SUBLIME
Deep Blue Sea

SUBLIME Deep Blue Sea

SUBLIME
Purple

SUBLIME Purple Leather

AGED
Parchment

SMOOTH Aged Parchment Leather

VEGETABLE TANNED
Marigold

VEGETABLE TANNED Marigold Leather

VEGETABLE TANNED
Kale

VEGETABLE TANNED Kale Leather

VEGETABLE TANNED
Waikiki

VEGETABLE TANNED Waikiki Leather

VEGETABLE TANNED
Waterfall

VEGETABLE TANNED Waterfall Leather

SHINY
Gold

Shiny Gold Leather

SHINY
Rainbow

Shiny Rainbow Leather

PLONGE
Espresso

Espresso Leather

PLONGE
Tan

Tan Leather

PLONGE
Pink

Pink Leather

PLONGE
Orange

Mint Orange

PLONGE
Mint

Mint Leather

PLONGE
Turquoise

Plonge Turquoise

PLONGE
Digital Copper

Digital Copper

LITE
Oxblood

LITE Oxblood Leather

LITE
Lime

LITE

NUBUCK
Khaki

Nubuck Khaki Leather

NUBUCK
Sage

Nubuck Sage Leather

NUBUCK
Indigo

NUBUCK Indigo

NUBUCK
Lilac

NUBUCK Lilac

SUEDE
Pink

SUEDE Pink Leather

SUEDE
Mustard

SUEDE Mustard Leather

SUEDE
Medium Blue

SUEDE Medium Blue Leather

SUEDE
Emerald

SUEDE Emerald Leather

DUBLIN
Hickory

Dublin Hickory Leather

DUBLIN
Artichoke

Dublin Artichoke Leather

Rainbow
Splash

Rainbow Splash Leather

Desert
Shimmer

Desert Shimmer Leather

MERINO
Earl Grey

Earl Grey

ULTRASUEDE
Black

ULTRASUEDE Black

ULTRASUEDE
Cocoa

ULTRASUEDE Cocoa Leather

ULTRASUEDE
Allspice

ULTRASUEDE Allspice

ULTRASUEDE
Cherry

ULTRASUEDE Cherry

ULTRASUEDE
Papaya

ULTRASUEDE Papaya

ULTRASUEDE
Blueberry

ULTRASUEDE Blueberry

ULTRASUEDE
Grape

ULTRASUEDE Grape

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 shoe sizing guide 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 shoe measurement 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.
sizing-feet-step-4
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 Foot 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 Foot 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 Foot 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 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."

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

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.

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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.