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  1. St. Nick’s Day: The Fun Tradition of Filling Shoes with Gifts

    St. Nick’s Day: The Fun Tradition of Filling Shoes with Gifts

    As shoemakers, we love traditions and lore that center around shoes. Saint Nicholas Day is one such tradition, and it’s coming up on December 6. This holiday has evolved into many modern-day forms, but the traditional custom is to set shoes out the evening before St. Nick’s Day so they’ll be filled with little gifts and treats in the night...
  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. New Elf in the House!

    New Elf in the House!

    Thanks to everyone who contributed baby name ideas to Elf Tesla earlier this year. We're happy to say she gave birth to a healthy baby girl on St. Patrick's Day, March 17! Mother and child are both doing well, and they were finally able to visit the workshop this week to show off the newcomer.
  4. Scooter for the Pregnant Elf - Baby Names Needed!

    Scooter for the Pregnant Elf - Baby Names Needed!

    Many of you who call our shop with questions know Elf Tesla very well. She's been at the helm of our customer service team for several years, and is often the first to answer a ringing phone. As much as we love having her around, Tesla will be leaving us for a few months when she goes on her next...
  5. Natural Learning Pt 2: Katy Bowman Shares Her Family's Outdoor School Experiences

    Natural Learning Pt 2: Katy Bowman Shares Her Family's Outdoor School Experiences

    In our previous "Natural Learning" post, we explored the rise of outdoor schools, or "forest kindergartens," across America (and their origins abroad). Even after all that research, we still had some questions about what it's really like to opt into this alternative learning setting. We asked Soft Star's good friend and natural living inspiration, Katy Bowman, to discuss her family's first-hand experiences...
  6. Natural Learning Pt. 1: Can Outdoor Schools Cultivate Stronger, Smarter Kids?

    Natural Learning Pt. 1: Can Outdoor Schools Cultivate Stronger, Smarter Kids?

    "For 99 percent of the time we've been on Earth, we were hunters and gatherers, our lives dependent on knowing the fine, small details of our world. Deep inside, we still have a longing to be reconnected with the nature that shaped our imagination, our language, our song and dance, our sense of the divine." - Janine M. Benyus What can...
  7. At Softstar, EVERY Day Is Take Your Kid to Work Day!

    At Softstar, EVERY Day Is Take Your Kid to Work Day!

    Why I Changed Careers for a Family-Friendly Workplace It has been five years now since I officially joined the Softstar Shoes family. Those are five years during which I have been able to bring my own family into work with me, for odd school holidays, snow days, or when they just needed extra “mama time.”  My two daughters have always...

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