Soft Star Style Bulletin: Chukkas Are Coming!

Soft Star Style Bulletin: Chukkas Are Coming!

Here’s a sneak-peek at our long-awaited, ultra-versatile chukka, coming your way Fall of 2015!

Soft Star's upcoming ankle boot

You asked for it: a simple, minimal shoe that can take you from city streets to country trails, stylish enough to dress-up without sacrificing Soft Star’s signature, stripped-down comfort. We listened, and our Elves are on the case!

Visions of simplicity aside, designing the perfect, basic ankle boot is no easy “feet”. One of our biggest challenges was to create a toe box; we wanted to give toes space to spread and flex without using lasts while also avoiding lots of toe seams that would comprise the clean style lines we desired. Many versions later, we believe we’ve found that sweet spot:

Soft Star's upcoming boot in cordovan

We are also experimenting with some new leathers from the Chicago Tannery…we’re loving their cordovan and oil-tanned beige!

Soft Star’s newest shoe (official name to come!) is tentatively set to be released in October 2015. Be sure to stay tuned for further updates, and please let us know what you think. After all, the whole point of our hard work is to create something you’ll love :)

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  1. Megi
    I want these so badly...I can't wait.
  2. Hofwijks
    Absolutely awesome! Very beautiful!
  3. Emily
    I'm so excited about these! What a great addition they will make to your line of products, and my wardrobe ;)
  4. Grace
    I'm so excited and can't wait!!!
  5. Alex
    Are these unisex?
  6. Dave
    i really like the look of these!

    It's hard to tell from these pics, but does the big toe sea curve in too much? It looks like it may be a narrow toe box, which would rule them out for me.
  7. Chrissy
    These are fantastic! Is there any way to pre-order them? I would love to put in my order if possible!
  8. Ben
    Let me know if you need any beta testers! ;)
  9. I'd have to see the soles, I hope they don't have stitching on the bottoms.
  10. Patrick
    I'm eager for these to be available. I wear Runamocs to/for work most of the time, when I can. But New England weather sometimes makes that impossible -- too cold or too wet. These nameless chukkas look like exactly what I've been wishing for.

    Not until October? PLEASE, no later! I'll order them ASAP.
  11. Ryan
    I'll definitely be getting myself a pair!
  12. Jerrie Barber
    Looking forward. It looks like my next celebration shoes. I've been buying a paid of minimal shoes for every 1,000 miles I run barefooted. That's what I do with the money I save from not buying running shoes!
  13. Kerstin
    I love the look - the dark brown is gorgeous! Looking forward to getting a pair this Fall. :-)
  14. Jerrie Barber
    I like the looks of these. They look like my next pair of reward shoes. I buy a pair of minimal shoes for every 1,000 miles of running barefooted. That's what I do with the money I save from not buying running shoes!
  15. Ray ray
    Please please please offer in size 15 extra wide
  16. Cassy
    These look amazing!!! I've been looking for a barefoot chukka and the ones I've tried so far don't fit well at all. I am so excited to try yours because I know they will be as comfy as your other shoes. If you made a knee high boot I'd probably never buy anywhere else...
  17. Kelly Holman
    I struggle to find shoes with enough toe space and no pressure points. If the toe box were as big as the Phoenix boot, I would definitely be able to wear this!
  18. KenZ
    Wow. I'd been bugging ya'll for an oxford-ish variant so I had something a bit more 'normal' for the workplace. These would do it! Please make a version with the thin leather sole if possible; I have one pair with the leather sole, and one with the vibram, and I like the leather better.

    Either way, I'm totally excited about these!
  19. Natalie
    So excited!
  20. Nate
    Those look awesome! If you need any testers, I'm willing!
  21. Erin
    I am ready!! And in time for fall!
  22. Geoff
    Love it!
  23. Just what the doc ordered
    Just what the doc ordered
    Great addition. I run a sole (haha) operation treating people with chemical sensitivities. My patients' symptoms have improved with use of your shoes with vegetable dyes and no chrome.

    Most of them utilize your light-colored shoes or shoes with light-colored leather lining (grey or white), report increased symptoms from the darker colors, both due to skin contact and stronger scent.

    A large percentage of my patients now have expressed looking for boots.

    These patients require a heel without rigidity, due to tender Achilles'. These boots might work for them if the Achilles' area is softer and seamless (some patients report pain with the Ballerine) and if the darker boots have option for lighter-colored lining (grey or white) or if there are lighter color options to select (pale tan, pale pink, pale purple, etc.).

    Two patients have reported
  24. Barb
    Excited about Chukkas!
  25. Beth G
    Please make them in women's sizes too!
  26. Alex
    YAAAASSSS!!! I cannot wait for these to be released!
  27. Nancy
    Awesome guys ROCK!!!
  28. Tonya
    They are beautiful!! Can't wait to own a pair! Perfect for Florida winter.
  29. Tyan
    Are these going to be available for children as well? I would love to buy a pair for my daughter.
  30. Ruth
    Very interested, this looks perfect for us office drones. I love your ballerina flats, but if I want to keep the sun or cold off my feet in the season's extremes, these would be great.
  31. Sarah
    I'd love these in kid's sizes! Most schools around here have strict dress codes and these would fit the bill!
  32. Jono
    Leather sole with these please!!

    Would be an amazing addition to have an earthing shoe for hiking, stylish enough to wear in the city. Leather sole would make this the perfect shoe!
  33. Christina
    These look perfect, and will be great for the winter cold.
  34. Stephen
    I also want to see a leather sole!

    On the same note I hope they come in 2mm Vibram sole and in black (work requirement for black shoes)

    Super excited about these.
  35. Jason
    These are absolutely beautiful. Can't wait to get my pairs!!! And yes I said pairs.
  36. Steph
    EXACTLY what I've been looking and hoping for! Gorgeous -- and much less expensive that the Vivo Barefoot Porto boots I have, but stunning. Can't wait can't wait!
  37. Dewey
    These look great and I'll be a willing tester and buyer! Just what I was trying to describe in your questionnaire.
  38. Richard
    Wide widths?
  39. JD
    Awesome! Will be getting a pair.
  40. Glenda
    Please tell me these will be available in wide width!! I can't wait to order these.
  41. Mark
    Great idea! These look like they would be perfect for wearing to work. Thanks
  42. Kirra
    They look great! I'm really hoping that even if it is only a custom option that they will be available with a leather sole. It seems that the design may need some modification for that, but I know myself and the other leather sole lovers would think it is well worth a few extra dollars for how comfortable the leather soles are.
  43. Gayle Feibel
    Can't wait to get these for me and my husband. If they are as comfortable as they are stylish it will be foot heaven. Congratulations on a beautiful design. I surely hope you will have them in the youth larger sizes as that is what I need.
  44. Hollie B.
    Ooh awesome - hope they are available for kids size and in all colours.
  45. Matteo Quadrino
    Matteo Quadrino
    I hope you put the bullhide leather sole option on these... and also wide width!
  46. Michael
    These look really great - especially the cordovan version!
  47. Chris
    I hope you will offer wide with, otherwise, I will not be able to order.
    They look beautiful.
  48. Elf Martin
    No worries, Chris, wide and narrow widths will be available!
  49. chris kazaam
    Nice BUT the sole is waaaay to big. The whole point is to minimalize the sole.
  50. Elf Jana
    Hi Chris K.! Glad you like the general look of the Hawthorne. While the sole may appear to be similar in thickness to other chukka-style shoes, it's actually an ultra-light, super-flexible, low-density Vibram Geo sole with EXCELLENT ground feel! We've been using this same soling on other minimal styles, such as the Phoenix Boot and Portlander, for years and have found it to be extremely popular with our barefoot-loving customers. You might have to feel it to believe it, so don't knock it 'til you try it ;)
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