Softstar is proud to collaborate with Nativearth to bring you their amazing historical boots, handcrafted at the Nativearth workshop in Mariposa, California.
Meet the Voyager. This incredibly comfortable 5-button boot fits like a moccasin and will add a touch of historic flair to any outfit.
These boots are only available in the sizes shown below. Since these boots are made outside the Softstar workshop, our inventory is restocked every few weeks when a new supply arrives from Nativearth.
The leathercraft artisans of Nativearth Shoes have been designing high quality, historic footwear for over 25 years at a workshop in Mariposa, California—nestled alongside beautiful Yosemite National Park. We are excited to partner with fellow eco-conscious makers of healthy footwear to bring you their wonderful historical boots.
Tough enough for hiking yet hip enough for Burning Man, this time-honored button boot design will quickly earn a treasured place in your wardrobe. Unlike other historical boots that leave you in pain at the end of the day, the Nativearth Voyager boot cradles your heel and wraps your feet in flexible leather uppers for ultimate comfort and support. Soft moccasin-style construction allows the leather to shape to your feet and allow natural, healthy movement. The Voyager is crafted from rich and durable 8oz bullhide leather with five intricate silver Celtic buttons and lugged zero drop Vibram soles.
Nativearth Voyager boots should fit snug when new and stretch to fit glove-like to your feet. With occasional cleaning and moisturizing, these historical boots will last a lifetime!
If we have your size in stock then we will ship Nativearth Voyager boots within one business day (unless you also ordered other items that are waiting to complete). If your size is not in stock then please allow up to two weeks for the boot to be made. All sizes will appear in the sizing dropdown menu above regardless of stock status. You may contact us to check our inventory if your order is time sensitive.
With occasional cleaning and waxing/oiling, your boots will maintain their quality and last many years.
Spot clean the leather by rubbing gently with a damp cloth. For tough stains, you may use a gentle shampoo, saddle soap or a mild detergent. If boots become wet then stuff them with newspaper and dry overnight, but do not leave them near high heat.
As needed, wipe boots clean and and nourish with hand cream or a leathercare wax/oil designed for full grain leather (such as Bee Natural Leather Amore). This is especially important if the leather begins to appear dry to prevent cracking.
We recommend waterproofing your boots once a year to keep the leather supple and protected. You can waterproof the boots using Huberd's grease or other waterproofing products designed for full grain leather (such as Nickwax Full Grain Leather Waterproofing).
One end of the leather lace on Voyager boots is connected to the leather just below the lowest button. This lace loops through pull tabs and around the silver buttons to provide a snug and secure fit. To make lacing easy, you never need to remove the lace from the pull tabs; simply loop the lace over the buttons and pull slack through the tabs to tighten, or pull the lace off the buttons to release tension and remove the boot.
Check out this step-by-step video tutorial for lacing Voyager boots:
You can also download lacing instructions and diagrams here:
Since Voyager boots are not designed or made by Softstar, they feature a slightly different sole shape than you will find on our shoes and will generally feel more fitted. We have adjusted the sizing scale of Voyager boots in the dropdown menu above to match the size of our standard adult shoes. We recommend following our size chart to find the best fit for your feet.
When you try on a new pair of Voyager boots, remember that they should feel a little tight at first—but not painfully so. The leather will stretch and mold to the shape of your foot as you wear them. If the boots do not feel a little tight when new then they may stretch out to become too big over time.
The Voyager is modeled after traditional boots worn commonly throughout northern Europe as far back as the 11th century, particularly in Anglo-Saxon and Highland regions. Due to the long span of its popularity, this boot is an ideal and authentic choice for Renaissance fairs, medieval reenactments, SCA events and a variety of other historic costumes. The rubber sole of the boot is the only part that has been replaced by modern materials.
Yes, depending on the extent of the damage. Since these boots are made by Nativearth, repairs must be arranged directly with their customer service and sent to their workshop in Mariposa, California.
For more information or to facilitate a repair, contact Nativearth by sending an email to [email protected] or by calling 888-628-4832.
If one of your boot's buttons comes off (possibly a sign of overtightening laces) and you are feeling handy, then Nativearth has provided these instructions for home DIY button repair. Materials required are the button, scissors, a sturdy needle, a lighter, an awl and a length of sinew. Waxed imitation sinew works well and is available at most craft stores. If you do not feel up to the task then you can send your boots to Nativearth to replace the button for you:
No, Nativearth Voygaer boots are not lined with sheepskin fleece. The inside of the boot is just the inner side of the thick bullhide leather.
Nativearth only supplies Softstar with brown Voyager boots so that is the only color you can purchase from our website, but you can customize the boot if you order directly from the Nativearth website. The price on their site is the same as the price on our website when the same Vibram Kletterlift sole is selected, but keep in mind that discounts on our site may not apply when purchased from Nativearth. Click here to visit the product page on Nativearth's website.
Softstar shoes that are still in brand new condition may be returned for a refund for any reason within 45 days of receipt. This also applies to shoes that you customized with your own unique colors and motifs. We will refund the full cost of the shoes, but customers are responsible for all return shipping charges.
There are some exceptions to this policy: shoes treated with leather care products, shoes purchased from our biannual clearance sales and shoes made with advanced requests are non-returnable.
Your refund will be applied after the shoes arrive at our shop. If you would like to exchange your shoes for a different size/color/style then you can simply place a new order at your convenience.
Please let us know if you need help with a return. Softstar also has a Happy Feet Guarantee which outlines replacements/returns for workmanship, fit or durability concerns. Visit our returns page to learn more.
We 100% guarantee we will repair or replace any defects in leather, sheepskin or workmanship free of charge within 30 days of receiving your shoes. This does not cover wear and tear or misuse on behalf of the consumer. Wear and tear is damage that naturally and inevitably occurs as a result of normal use.
We stand by our product and will send you a return shipping label and either repair or replace your shoes if they fail for durability as described below:
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If you want one of our existing shoe styles made with your own unique color combinations and motifs, then YES! You can choose these custom options for any style that shows the swirly "CUSTOMIZABLE" rainbow icon in the upper right corner. When you are selecting colors for these shoes you will see a "Customize Your Colors" button below our collection color options.
This is part of our everyday fun to see what creations you design as we handcraft each pair for you here in our Oregon workshop. These custom shoes are also fully returnable according to the terms of our return policy.
If you are looking for customization beyond the shoe shoe designs, colors, or sizes available on our website then we do offer limited services for special requests. Special requests such as longer straps, special motif colors, split sizes or single pairs can often be done. Click here for more details.
All Softstar shoes are 100% designed and handcrafted at our workshop in Philomath, Oregon, USA. We don't outsource any of our manufacturing processes, but instead do it all under one roof. All of our order fulfillment and shipping happens directly from our workshop, too. For more information and to see how our shoes are made, visit this page.