"Walking Lightly on the Earth" is one of Softstar's core values, but it is not just about making sustainable leather shoes. We continuously evaluate our environmental initiatives and seek out new ideas for reducing our carbon footprint on every level. This includes not only the materials that go into our products but also the daily activities and processes used by our staff, the infrastructure of our building, our involvement with our community, and many other seemingly small changes that add up to make a big impact.
Oregon Business has ranked Softstar among the top 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon every year since 2016!
Read on to learn more about our sustainable practices...
Choosing the best materials for our shoes is not only important for the planet, but also for your health. Did you know that your skin can transdermally absorb toxins from the shoes and clothing you wear? We are careful to source materials for our products that are not only environmentally and ethically responsible, but also safe for both our employees and customers.
We are always on the lookout for new ways to reduce our carbon footprint in our daily routines. The following practices have become commonplace in the Softstar workshop.
In 2018 we completed renovation on a historic roller skating rink from the 1950s to become the new Softstar workshop. Creating sustainable infrastructure was a top priority, and the work earned us a DeMuro Award for excellence in historic preservation. Here are some of the ways our building contributes to our low carbon footprint.
"Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! I have purchased over 8 pair of 'minimalist' shoes in the past 3 years...none of them felt like walking barefoot to me......until now. Your leather is soft your soles are flat and my foot is relaxed!!!"
"My entire experience with Softstar has been nothing short of an amazing experience from beginning to end. Will not buy any other shoes...my feet no longer hurt at all."
"This shoe is exactly what you would hope it to be. High quality leather and workmanship in a simple, natural stance running shoes made of all natural materials. Glad I found them."
"I've never had shoes that have fit as well as these or received as many compliments… I wish I had found them sooner!"
"There are no other shoes like Softstar - strong, comfortable, pretty - the best choice of minimal shoes one can get. Thank you for making our lives easier and wonderful!"
"I am loving these shoes! They are just lovely to have on the feet. And I am not easily impressed... There's nothing on the market that I know of that allows full toe splay! To me, it's a beautiful thing to let the toes move with absolute freedom in the shoe. I cannot do that with ANY OTHER of the barefoot shoes."
"I spent SO MANY years searching for a shoe to fit my feet. At last, you have given me such a shoe! I am convinced that had I met this shoe 30 years ago, I would not have the deformed feet I have now, nor would I have had surgery done on one of them. Abundant thanks for this design that honors my feet."
"These shoes are absolute perfection… The toe box finally allows my pinky toe and big toe to splay naturally and has taken away all previous foot pain… My feet will accept nothing less now."
"Finally something I will wear to work that is truly foot shaped… I usually take my shoes off as soon as I arrive home. I was so comfortable in these that I didn't think about it, and I left them on for hours into the evening."
"These are fantastic. Softstar showed themselves as the best minimal shoe company on the market with these. Functionally, they are the best fitting shoes I own, and they are the most stylish."
"Blown away. These should be the standard. I work at a physio clinic and see multiple people come in with foot pain (bunions, flat feet, plantar fasciitis) and it's mostly because of the effects of improper footwear over time... These shoes are the perfect solution."
"These are the best shoes I've ever owned. FINALLY A TOE BOX SHAPED LIKE A HEALTHY FOOT… I can wear my toe separators in these without any squishing or pressure against the sides of the shoe. Finally, finally, finally... someone prioritized function over form in creating a shoe that feels great to wear."