Soft Star Shoes
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!

Soft Star Kids rambler

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.

Soft Star Mary Jane Metro

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.

Soft Star Mary Jane Metro Sole

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!

Soft Star Mary Jane Metro2

Soft Star Mary Jane Metro1When 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 Leather

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!

Soft Star Shoes

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.

You can find Soft Star on FacebookTwitter and other popular social media sites. It is really fun to see on Facebook the custom orders that come through from all over the world!


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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  1. Melissa says:

    I am so Thankful they use everything. Scraps for cat toys!!! Amazing! I love this company by just reading the article. Thank you for sharing! I am definitely looking into them more. USA!

  2. Jennifer says:

    I love the adult rambler but i would so put this towards a pair of child grippy roos!

  3. Melissa says:

    I am so Thankful they use everything. Scraps for cat toys!!! Amazing! I love this company by just reading the article. Thank you for sharing! I am definitely looking into them more. USA!
    I love the kids Pheonix boot! Fashionable and durable.

  4. Stacey Lehwald says:

    I love the Luna sandals! Very minimal and comfy looking:)

  5. Renee Walters says:

    I like their Child Vegan Hotcake – Loden Green!

  6. Sacha Schroeder says:

    My favorite pair is the Youth Merry Jane Casual – Shiny Violet / Dark Purple.

  7. Lori Jackson says:

    My son would love the Child Rambler in smooth ocean

  8. Tahinaq Quezada says:

    I like the roo moccasin in honey.

  9. Emi says:

    Youth Merry Jane Casual – Shiny Sapphire I love the shine to the leather and this is just my daughter’s style.

  10. Racquel S says:

    I like the Dash Run Amoc in blue

  11. Tara L says:

    Adult Roo Moccasin – Suede Chocolate / Burgundy

  12. ioana c. says:

    i like the
    Baby Roo Moccasin – Suede Moss / Forest with Gold Elf Trim

  13. Anne Perry says:

    I like the Youth Vegan Rambler – Cocoa / Red

  14. Katie H says:

    The hotcake slippers

  15. casey says:

    i love the child classic with velcro in fuchsia!

  16. kathlin says:

    the north star boots are a favorite in our house

  17. Dawn Monroe says:

    I like the baby buttercup moccason in blue.

  18. Natalie says:

    Those merry Jane’s look so nice! I also like the runAmok ones! I would liyve to try them!

  19. Carolyn says:

    I actually was just looking at the exact shoes you got and favorite them and checked out reviews! I would love to win the Mary Jane Metros!

  20. My daughter has had 2x playtimes, 2x classics, 1x vegan hotcakes, 3x Phoenix boots and I have Mary Janes.
    I love Phoenix boots most for her, they are of a superb quality, long lasting and so comfortable. She feels so free in it, and never has cold feet or to hot feet.
    I myself wear my Mary Janes for 1,5 year every day, 9 hours a day at work. They are still the best shoes I have ever had.

  21. Jess says:

    I like the Merry Janes!

  22. Leah Greer-Pinzaru says:

    I’ve been eyeing up these shoes for some while. They get such rave reviews and I love their sense of style. Yay, for the barefoot revolution :)

  23. Catherine says:

    I love the merry janes in all sizes.

  24. Elliana Gilbert says:

    My favourite show is the child rambler for kids, and teh MJ metro for moms/women. :)

  25. Susan says:

    I love the bright blue moc3, and the merry janes : )

  26. Liz says:

    Our favorite is the kids ramblers, but I’d like to try the Merry Jane’s myself!

  27. Carla says:

    I want to do something fun with the Merry Janes, but haven’t decided on the colors yet.

  28. Becky Dell'Alba says:

    I love the metro merry janes!!

  29. Angela says:

    I would like to try out some of the Mary Jane Metros, for sure. That inside seam looks great.

  30. Kristy Ponce de Leon says:

    My kids love their softstar shoes. I would love a pair for myself.

  31. Kristy Ponce de Leon says:

    I would love a pair of Mary Jane metros or runamocs.

  32. Valerie S says:

    Having a hard time choosing, but kbow I want to get a pair for some of my son’s 1st shoes once he’s walking!

  33. Heather says:

    The roo moccasin is an awesome barefoot slipper. I also would really like a pair of ramblers for my little one.

  34. Christy Wilcoxson says:

    we love Soft Star shoes!!! Currently on my wish list is a pair of runamocs for me :)

  35. Kelly says:

    I have been watching the regular mary janes but I like the metro as well…thanks for the review…I am in between sizes as well.

  36. Ericka Traven says:

    I love my Dash Lites for running. The kids have loved the classics. I am looking forward to the ballet slipper and would love both that and the mary jane. Thanks for the review.

  37. Henna says:

    We LOVE soft star shoes!! You are so lucky that you live close enough to get the shoes without having to worry about shipping! i would love to visit the workshop

  38. Paol Trenny says:

    I like the Youth Merry Jane Casual – Shiny Sapphire

  39. mollie says:

    Love the star shoes I think the adult Mary Jane look great.

  40. Claire Rheinheimer says:

    I would love the Padraig Baby Slippers – Pink with Grey Stripe for my baby girl!

  41. Lesley M says:

    I love the Mary Jane metros!

  42. Jill says:

    I always buy soft stars for my children. But I have my eye on a pair of mary jane metros for me!!

  43. Abby says:

    I love the ballerina flats!

  44. The design you own option would make a friend of mine lose her mind. Love it.

  45. Carla D. says:

    I love the Child Merry Jane in Shiny Black. I also love the moccasins but they are a bit out of my price range.

  46. Amber Carter says:

    The hotcake sleppers

  47. Melinda Stephens says:

    I like the Adult DASH RunAmoc – Suede Forest / Moss shoes.

  48. Bonnie Foxx says:

    I love Soft Star Shoes. My favorites are the Merry Janes.

  49. Tara C says:

    I would love to get the Baby Roo Moccasins – Suede Moss / Forest with Gold Elf Trim for my little one!

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