1. Thanks for an Action-Packed 2018 at Softstar

    Thanks for an Action-Packed 2018 at Softstar

    As we kick off 2019 with gusto, all of us here at Softstar want to thank you for an amazing 2018. We couldn’t keep making these handcrafted leather shoes we’re so passionate about without our incredible customers. So cheers to you! We’ve been reflecting on some of the highlights of the year behind us, from a new website and new...
  2. Enter to Win Softstar’s Head-to-Toe Balance GIVEAWAY

    Enter to Win Softstar’s Head-to-Toe Balance GIVEAWAY

    To embrace a life of balance in the New Year, enter to win Softar’s Head-to-Toe Balance Giveaway, which includes a Fitbit watch, Venn chair, Plane Cloud balance deck, and more!
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. Winter 2018 Playday at Softstar Workshop

    Winter 2018 Playday at Softstar Workshop

    It's time again for PLAYDAY at the Softstar workshop! Once or twice a year, we set aside a day to stop working on shoes and let our staff jump into any creative project of their choosing. We're allowed to use any of the tools and leather scraps in our shop, or work on something totally unrelated to leathercraft. The purpose...
  7. Moving and Shoemaking with Biomechanist Katy Bowman

    Moving and Shoemaking with Biomechanist Katy Bowman

    January 2019 UPDATE - If this retreat sounds like fun to you, then you're in luck because we're doing it again in April 2019! Click here for more information: 2019 Movement Matters Retreat We just finished our much-anticipated movement retreat with Katy Bowman, and it was a blast! The biomechanist, author and founder of Nutritious Movement came to our workshop on...

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