In the Workshop

  1. 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.
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. Moving and Shoemaking with Biomechanist Katy Bowman

    Moving and Shoemaking with Biomechanist Katy Bowman

    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 Saturday with 30 participants from across the country. The class consisted of people from all walks of life, including physical therapists, librarians, entrepreneurs and full-time parents (also two expectant mothers) with ages...
  6. Win Every Day with Our 2018 Winter GIVEAWAY

    Win Every Day with Our 2018 Winter GIVEAWAY

    The winter international competition is here, and we just can't contain our excitement! (Due to trademark restrictions, we can't use the "O" word.) We know it's not just competing athletes who strive to do their best, so we're celebrating the 16-day event with a giveaway for you! Whether you're working, parenting, studying or chasing your own fitness goals, we think you deserve...
  7. Softstar Elves Stay Active in the Workplace

    Softstar Elves Stay Active in the Workplace

    It’s no secret anymore: sitting is bad for you. Sorry, it just is. Prolonged sitting has been linked to many health issues, including muscle degeneration, neck and back pain, high cholesterol, increased fat and obesity, slower brain function, poor circulation, varicose veins, increased risk of disease (including heart disease, diabetes and cancer) and premature death. Yes, death itself is actually...

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