Thursday, April 10, 2014

Minimalist Footwear- a Soft Star Shoes Review & Giveaway

When I was first contacted by Soft Star Shoes about a review opportunity, I did what I always do- I went to their website to see if they would be a good fit for my family.  Folks, I just love everything about this company.  Soft Star Shoes is a small mom-run business that has been operating for almost 30 years!  They believe in minimalist footwear- shoes that allow for the healthy development of feet.  Each pair of shoes is made to order, allowing the customer's personal style to shine through their design.  

"Soft Star Shoes has been handcrafting quality, soft-soled shoes since 1985. Tim Oliver and his wife Jeanie started the company as young parents who wanted a soft, quality shoe for their baby girl. As their family grew and moved, so did their business—from a garage in Laguna Beach, CA to the back of an old bus in rural Texas, to  before finally settling into a little workshop in Corvallis, Oregon. The Olivers raised their girls alongside them as they made shoes for mail order companies and local fairs. Over the years they have sold shoes to families, Waldorf and Montessori schools celebrities, and even US presidents! (President Ford, to be exact.)
In 2005, Larkin and Tricia joined forces with Tim with a desire to introduce more people to this beautiful product. Tim's girls are now grown and exploring the world, but between Trish and Larkin's two families, there are now 6 new little ones who have made their homes here in our workshop, carrying on the tradition of integrating our families and work lives. We have made some changes since 2005—including the ability for our customers to order online—but there are some things we don't ever want to change, like our foot-friendly designs, our friendly customer service and our ability to satisfy each person's unique needs and styles.
In 2010 Soft Star expanded its line of leather moccasins to accommodate the needs of minimal or barefoot runners.  Most of these early customers either grew up with Soft Stars or were owners of our adult size moccasins.  We were surprised to learn that many of our customers were actually running long distances in their mocs.   Soft Star called on our online community of fans to solicit input to design a new shoe designed specifically for runners that was lighter, ventilated and featured super-thin, flexible running soles. Customers provided feedback on prototypes, submitted ideas for names and ultimately voted on the name RunAmoc. Since the launch of the Original RunAmoc we have also introduced the Dash and the Moc3 as well ascasual wear styles for adults worldwide.  We are proud we have taken our fundamental design concepts to ensure healthy, strong foot development for children's feet and expanded it to an adult line for the whole family."

So besides the fact that these shoes are soft, flexible, and handmade, they can also be customized!  I was able to go onto their site and choose whatever style, color, special design, etc. I wanted and have a pair of shoes made just for my sweet Maisy!  They sure know the way to a mom's heart.  

With spring here and summer on the horizon, I knew right off the bat I would design a pair of sandals.  I started with the DYO Sandal with Velcro style.

I love white sandals on a girl because they can go with everything, so I chose the smooth white leather option for both the front and back of the sandal.  For the velcro strap, I wanted something a little fancier, but still neutral so I chose the shiny platinum leather.  I added the flower cutout motif for a little extra style and ventilation.  Let me just say that when you design your own shoes, you're about 10 times more excited for them to arrive.  And you guys... 


I can't even handle it.

So a couple things, my kids have itty bitty feet.  I am so glad I used their size chart and measured Maisy's feet before ordering.  She is eight months old now, but the size 3 (0-6 months) in normal width fits her perfectly, especially because they are worn without socks.  The shoes are made entirely of leather with a thin and flexible rubber sole.  The toe hole of these sandals is smaller than most brands to eliminate the risk of small feet slipping through the front.  They are easy to put on, stay secure, and most important, they are super comfortable for her.

I am so thankful to Soft Star Shoes for these beautiful little sandals.  OH, and have you ever wished that soft and stylish shoes came in adult sizes?  Well-
I give you, the ADULT Ballerine Flat, also customizable by the way.  

To celebrate their 30th Anniversary, Soft Star Shoes has designed a pair of Anniversary Moccasins for toddlers.  They are offering a pair of these shoes in either Platinum or Pewter to one lucky winner.  Moccasins are available in sizes 4 (6-12months) and 5 (12-18 months), but be sure to use the size chart and measure your child's foot before ordering.  

Winner will be drawn by rafflecopter on Friday, April 18th.  Prize will be sent to the winner directly from Soft Star Shoes.

*Disclaimer- Soft Star Shoes provided me with a pair of shoes to facilitate this review, all opinions are my own.*  


  1. Love your little leather moccasins, would be so please to win eather one. Thank you for the chance

  2. Forget to mention if I had to pick the pewter would be the one

  3. I like the pewter thanks for the giveaway

  4. I like the goldish ones :) I think they're the platinum??

  5. Hello!!Thanks for this idea that you share with us..Thank you for sharing..


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