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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. Comfortable Wedding Shoes: A Must!

    Comfortable Wedding Shoes: A Must!

    Spring is right around the corner here in Oregon! This is such a special time of year. The sun starts to peek out from behind the clouds, flowers bloom, and everything feels fresh and new again. Something else that always rolls in this time of year is wedding season. Whether you are getting married or you know someone who is...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...

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