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Softstar Elves Stay Active in the Workplace
Softstar Elves Stay Active in the Workplace
The Mighty Arch, Part 1: A Natural Cure for Plantar Fasciitis?
The Mighty Arch, Part 1: A Natural Cure for Plantar Fasciitis?
Why Do Shoes Smell, and What Can You Do About It?
Why Do Shoes Smell, and What Can You Do About It?

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  1. Keeping Baby Warm: Tips From Customer Service Elf Tesla!

    Keeping Baby Warm: Tips From Customer Service Elf Tesla!

    Do Babies Need Shoes? Here at Softstar we handcraft soft, barefoot-like shoes for babies, kids, and adults. However, we believe that barefoot is best practice for little ones whose feet are still growing and developing. You might find yourself asking, “Why make baby shoes if barefoot is best?” The short answer is that it’s not always practical for little ones...
  2. Softstar Wins 2018 DeMuro Award for Workshop Renovation

    Softstar Wins 2018 DeMuro Award for Workshop Renovation

    We have some big news! Over the past couple years, we shared our journey of moving into our new workshop in Philomath, Oregon. As you may have heard, we restored a 1950s roller rink into the company’s revamped workshop and retail location. Previously known as the Phil-O-Rink, this wood-trussed structure served as a community skating rink for a quarter century...
  3. Favorite Fall Recipes of the Softstar Elves

    Favorite Fall Recipes of the Softstar Elves

    Try these favorite fall recipes for Pumpkin Snack Bites, Cauliflower Hash Browns, Kale Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette, Pumpkin Pancakes, and Winter Squash and Cauliflower Curry.
  4. Backpacking in Minimalist Shoes

    Backpacking in Minimalist Shoes

    You need lots of support from your shoes while backpacking, right? Guess again! Going Minimal When I tried my first pair of minimalist shoes 7 years ago, I had no idea how widespread the changes would affect my life. It started with casually wearing Softstar moccasins at home to make my plantar fasciitis go away. Then I began periodically running...
  5. 2018 Back to School GIVEAWAY: Win $100 for Your School

    2018 Back to School GIVEAWAY: Win $100 for Your School

    Summer isn't over yet, but our showroom is starting to fill up with families shopping for shiny new classroom shoes. That means the first day of school will be here before we know it! While you're shopping for new backpacks, notebooks and crayons, be sure to check out our back to school sale on popular classroom shoes. And for an...
  6. Lean Elves: Shoemaking with Rhythm

    Lean Elves: Shoemaking with Rhythm

    Our workshop has seen many changes over the years. It has certainly come a long way from the old school bus that Tim and his family converted into the first Softstar workshop back in 1985. The shop has moved multiple times since then, most recently in January 2017 when we expanded into our newly renovated historic building in Philomath, Oregon...
  7. Improving Your Balance as You Age

    Improving Your Balance as You Age

    Balance is quite literally the foundation of your mobility, and for many older people noticing a loss of balance can be scary. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. One in four Americans aged 65+ falls each year. A loss of balance may not...

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