1. Pregnancy and Your Feet: Swelling, Growth, and Foot Care Tips

    Pregnancy and Your Feet: Swelling, Growth, and Foot Care Tips

    Learn about changes your feet may experience while you’re pregnant, such as swelling and foot growth, and get tips for pregnancy-related foot care.
  2. The Best Travel Shoes Are Comfortable, Lightweight and Versatile

    The Best Travel Shoes Are Comfortable, Lightweight and Versatile

    The other day, I was flipping through some old photos from a vacation to France I’d taken with my best friend when I was in my early 20s. It was an unforgettable trip of visiting famous landmarks and museums, eating great food, and doing LOTS and lots of walking. I paused at one of the photos and chuckled to myself...
  3. 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...
  4. 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.
  5. 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...
  6. Athlete’s Foot vs. Contact Dermatitis

    Athlete’s Foot vs. Contact Dermatitis

    April happens to be National Foot Health Awareness month, and it also happens to be the time of year when many people dust off their running shoes to enjoy a sunny day outside. Unfortunately, that's also when foot problems often come up. It’s easy to take our feet, the foundational body parts that move us through our day, for granted...
  7. Softstar Co-owner Larkin Embarks on a New Chapter

    Softstar Co-owner Larkin Embarks on a New Chapter

    Larkin Holavarri, a Softstar co-owner since 2005, is transitioning to a different role at our workshop as she pursues a new passion...

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