I love to support local companies and by far one of my favorites is Soft Star Shoe Company in Corvallis Oregon. They have been making shoes for over 25 years and last year I had the pleasure to travel and see their store as well as meet some of the Elves who hand make the shoes right in their workshop.
Last year we were able to review the kids Rambler for Little Brother and we wore the heck out of them as they were the most comfortable, cute and easiest shoes to put on. Plus it is so fun to tell people when they ask about them, which is often, that they are hand made not only here in Oregon but right up the road!
Well this time the Elves sent something for me! Their newly styled Mary Jane Metro! I really struggled with the decision of what color to get as you can choose from their pre-made ready to ship options or you can choose to design your own. For some reason the metallic red was calling my name and I nearly went with those, but opted for the black instead so I could wear them all the time and with any outfit. I wear an 8.5 in women’s and I was sent the unisex size 8. Their is a bit of extra room at the toe, but I don’t think I would have wanted the next smaller size down as I think my toe would have been hitting the end.
The Mary Jane Metro are designed with an interior seam for a more clean and elegant appearance. They have a buckle closure with elastic so they move and adjust to your ankle. With 4mm Vibram Cherry soles they are super lightweight and flexible and are so comfortable yet durable for everyday use.
I have been wearing my Mary Jane Metro’s everywhere! They go with any outfit and feel like I’m wearing slippers! They are my favorite go to shoes and easy to put on as well. Soft Star shoes are minimalist shoes to allow your feet to move and play as they were designed to do. So just a heads up these are not a big thick shoe with big arch supports. These are just comfortable stylish shoes made for happy feet!
When we went to visit we were able to look at all their available leather colors. So fun and so cool. You can literally design any of their shoes any way you like. One of the benefits of hand made in the USA shoes! Choose your color, your motif, closure, sole and even your width. Customize the shoes to fit YOUR feet.
Soft Star makes shoes for men, women, youth and babies. One of their most popular are the RunAmoc shoes. A minimalist shoe made for running! But you must also check out the baby line! OMG these are the cutest and would make the best new baby or baby shower gift. Buttery soft leather in an assortment of fun colors. Squeal! CUTE!
Now as much as I love their shoes their company is pretty awesome too. They have some pretty strong core values that are hard to come by these days. Check them out.
• Make our workshop a wonderful place work: A creative, energizing and efficient workspace. An open, honest atmosphere where we work with mutual respect and dignity. A place where our families and community are welcome and integrated.
• Share the handcrafted experience with our customers making unique, beautiful, comfortable and quality footwear while encouraging direct interaction via excellent customer service
• Walk lightly on the earth: Conserve raw materials by thoughtful use. Minimize our environmental footprint by reducing waste, reusing and recycling.
Pretty great right? They also do not waste anything when making their shoes. They are very very conscious in how much scrap is left after making the shoes. In fact they even have a leather scrap box where anybody can come grab some scraps to use on their own projects for free! All they ask is that you share your project with them! They have had a quilt, hacky sacks, skirts and more all made from their scrap bin! I love it! So cool! You can also purchase a one pound bag of leather scraps on their website, so get creative!
Soft Star also uses extra scraps to make Playful Pancakes Cat Toys. The cat toys are catnip-filled and are just $4.50. Inspired by their friend Cassidy, 100% of the proceeds of each toy goes to Kids For Kids, an organization that combats hunger in Sudan. I know there would be some pretty happy cats on Christmas morning to receive a Playful Pancakes!
We are due for another Soft Star visit, a year went by much too quickly and I’m happy to support such a great outgoing local company. Shoes made right here by hand in the USA are very rare and did I mention very cool? So head on over and give them some love and find your favorite pair! Kids love them, I love them! Maybe the red will be on my Christmas list this year…hmmmmmmmm.
Handmade is not cheap – you get what you pay for! And when it comes to Soft Star Shoes you get nothing but the best! Enter below for the chance to win a $25 Soft Star Gift Card and help offset the cost. You can get baby shoes nearly FREE or put the $25 toward your favorite pair! Super easy entries on this one!
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