Winter Playday at the Soft Star Workshop

Winter Playday at the Soft Star Workshop

Winter Playday at the Soft Star Workshop

It's play time again!

Twice a year, the Soft Star elves set aside an afternoon for a playday. This is an day in which we stop working and are encouraged to engage in a creative project of our choice. We're allowed to use the equipment and materials at Soft Star and our activities don't need to have anything to do with work (though we are shoemakers, so lots of shoes usually come up).

The purpose of our playdays is to encourage creative thinking, develop new skills and to HAVE FUN! At the end of the day, we gather together and take turns talking about what we did—because what playday would be complete without show & tell? Sometimes the projects are developed into salable products (like Fitting Tassels), sometimes they teach us new ways to work with materials and reuse waste and sometimes they just make us happy with a fun day at work.

We had our first playday of the year earlier this week and we're excited to show you the results. Please bear in mind that these items are not for sale, but if you see anything you like then please let us know in the comments below.


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  1. Emily
    Of all the sandals I've seen your elves design, I think this is my favourite.
    It would be great to have an adult sandal for sale soon. :)
  2. Julie
    I love Elf Keita's sandals--please make!
  3. Megan M
    I agree on the sandal idea. Especially one that looks dressy enough to be used in a work environment. :) I would LOVE to have a minimalist sandal; all the ones in the store have such thick soles!
  4. EmMul
    I love Elf Gwen's sandal. I would buy it in a heartbeat. The coin purse is really cool too.
  5. Rebecca
    I LOVE Elf Keita's sandal design. I would totally buy those!
  6. Kristie
    Another vote for the Keita sandal! (Although I'd love one in the same style as your kids' sandals as.well.)
  7. bean
    Please, oh, please make black desert boots! I need ankle warming shoes for winter weather, love black desert boots, and would buy those in an instant! <3
  8. Cheryll Bennett
    Cheryll Bennett
    So creative. I really like the sandals, great idea. I would also love some slides.
  9. Rodrigo Sibal
    Any chances of getting a chukka styled run-a-moc dash? I think they would look so awesome in nutmeg. I love your shoes! I hope to see more designs in the future. Keep up the good work.
  10. Elf Martin
    Thanks for the feedback everyone! Dessert boots and sandals are both on our wish list.
  11. Charlene Andersen
    Charlene Andersen
    I love the "airiness" of the Keita sandal! Please make this one or the Gwen sandal. An adult playtime sandal looks like what Erica made. I also love this.

    I see a new line a-comin'!!
    1. C.Elf.O Tricia
      C.Elf.O Tricia
      Thanks Charlene! We have some ideas in the works...

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