The happenings in the Soft Star workshop.

  1. Brand New Leather Colors to Customize Your Shoes

    Brand New Leather Colors to Customize Your Shoes

    We recently added seven fun leather colors to our Softstar collection. Let us know your favorites!
  2. 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...
  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. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...

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