We're very proud to offer our bullhide leather sole option for barefoot enthusiasts, currently available as on option when you customize a Dash RunAmoc. After much testing, we have finally found a leather that provides all the qualities we like to see in a shoe. If you believe barefoot is best but have a need for shoes, then you'll love what this sole has to offer:
Our bullhide leather sole is so pliable that it molds to the shape of your feet, giving them the freedom to flex and bend as if they were barefoot.
Designed for outdoor use, the bullhide leather can tolerate rough surfaces like pavement, gravel and rocky trails. We've thoroughly tested this sole with ultramarathon runners and found it's durabiliyto be on par with our 2mm Vibram Street sole. The smooth, full grain nature of this leather is also naturally water resistant.
Note: this sole differs from the suede sole we use on our Roo Moccasins. Our thinner moccasin suede sole, lined with sheepskin, is intended for indoor and light outdoor use. The bullhide leather sole has much higher durability and water resistance, though not waterproof. They may become water-logged if soaked in standing water (i.e., standing in a puddle), but they should be fine when they dry out.
Reconnect with the Earth! Your feet relay information to your brain about what they sense when you walk and run, and your body reacts accordingly. The pliable nature of this sole provides maximungroundfeel, allowing your feet to sense the smallest nuances in the terrain beneath you. Fans of earthing will also be happy to know that this sole has been tested to show high grounding conductivity.
Tired of shoes made from rubber and "pleather?" At Softstar, we're proud to use high quality US-sourced leather for our shoes. When you order a shoe with a leather sole, you're getting a shoe 99% free of synthetic materials! As an added bonus, natural leather has excellent breathability, which makes our shoes significantly more odor resistant than most. So what's on our leather-soled shoes that isn't natural? The metal lacing eyelets on Dash RunAmocs!
A word of caution: like any leather soles, this bullhide material can be very slippery on smooth, wet surfaces.
"Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! I have purchased over 8 pair of 'minimalist' shoes in the past 3 years...none of them felt like walking barefoot to me......until now. Your leather is soft your soles are flat and my foot is relaxed!!!"
"My entire experience with Softstar has been nothing short of an amazing experience from beginning to end. Will not buy any other shoes...my feet no longer hurt at all."
"This shoe is exactly what you would hope it to be. High quality leather and workmanship in a simple, natural stance running shoes made of all natural materials. Glad I found them."
"I've never had shoes that have fit as well as these or received as many compliments… I wish I had found them sooner!"
"There are no other shoes like Softstar - strong, comfortable, pretty - the best choice of minimal shoes one can get. Thank you for making our lives easier and wonderful!"