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  1. These Shoes Are Killing Me! (Repost from Freakonomics)

    These Shoes Are Killing Me! (Repost from Freakonomics)

    We were thrilled this week to come across a recent podcast by Freakonomics that pretty much nailed our philosophy on footwear. The episode explores the history of shoes and how they evolved into modern foot casings with heavy padding, tight toe boxes and motion control technology. It also asks how these modern features affect the ways our feet operate, and...
  2. Softstar Gears Up with Philomath Community for Epic Solar Eclipse

    Softstar Gears Up with Philomath Community for Epic Solar Eclipse

    For many moons our community has been lit up with anticipation for this month’s historic total solar eclipse, and it’s almost here! Softstar headquarters and our surrounding community of Philomath, Oregon, are lucky enough to be right in the coveted path of totality. This means that on the morning of August 21 we will get to experience more than a...
  3. What Causes Foot Calluses and Corns? Tips for Prevention and Treatment

    What Causes Foot Calluses and Corns? Tips for Prevention and Treatment

    We’ve all dealt with pesky patches of thick skin on our feet--but what causes them to form? And what are they actually made of? Calluses and corns on the feet are caused over time by repeated friction on one area of the skin. This friction and pressure causes the outer layer of skin to die in this location, and then...
  4. Comfortable Summer Shoes to Suit Your Style

    Comfortable Summer Shoes to Suit Your Style

    Summer is finally here! And that means we have visions of gorgeous hikes, bountiful farmers markets, breezy beach days, relaxing vacations and warm strolls dancing in our heads. Whatever sunny adventures lie ahead for you this year, one thing is for certain: you’ll need some comfortable summer shoes to take you where you want to go! At Softstar, comfort has...
  5. Softstar Named One of the Top Greenest Companies in Oregon… Again!

    Softstar Named One of the Top Greenest Companies in Oregon… Again!

    As you might know, in 2016 we at Softstar were honored to be named one of the top 10 Greenest Companies in Oregon (#10) by Oregon Business. This year, we are so excited to be included in the category AGAIN coming in 13th place for 2017! With so many amazing companies in Oregon working hard to promote sustainability and green...
  6. Elves Move Animals! Softstar's Carousel Adventure

    Elves Move Animals! Softstar's Carousel Adventure

    The Softstar shoemaking elves are always on the lookout for opportunities to get involved with local community projects. We occasionally close the shop for part of a day to allow our staff to volunteer for causes they support. When we learned that the nearby town of Albany, Oregon needed help moving animals for their newly restored carousel, we jumped right...
  7. Adventure GIVEAWAY: Win $1,000 of Outdoor Gear from Patagonia and Softstar!

    Adventure GIVEAWAY: Win $1,000 of Outdoor Gear from Patagonia and Softstar!

    Summer officially starts this week, and what better way to kick it off than with a grand adventure giveaway! We want to help you have a memorable and active summer. That's why we're giving one lucky winner the ultimate outdoor gear prize package: Win a $500 gift card for Patagonia, plus a $500 gift card for Softstar Shoes! These gift cards can be...

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