Soft Star is a company that makes high quality leather and vegan shoes, sandals, slippers, boots, and soft soled moccasins for children and adults. Their slogan is Barefoot is Best - Soft Star for the Rest! Their "elves", workers, hand stitch the colorful and durable footwear. They are a family oriented company that loves children and even has a playroom for the children of the workers and customers who visit the workshop can play. They use only leathers which are processed formaldehyde free and meet the highest safety standards both for their customers, and for the environment. As little ones like to occasionally chew on the shoes, it is important to Soft Star that they are as chemical-free as possible. Soft Star shoes are handcrafted in Oregon, USA using local materials. They reuse, recycle and reduce whenever possible. Production scraps are sorted and reused or recycled into craft projects. Also 100% of their power usage comes from solar or wind energy. Seconds or gently worn shoes are donated to children in need. Soft Star also gives to Waldorf and Montessori schools through their back-to-school discounts and promotions. They also donate thousands of dollars worth of Soft Star products to Le Leche League chapters around the country every year.
This company is awesome! Their eco-friendly and family friendly atmosphere and practices gets a huge A+ from me! You can also design your own shoes if you really don't see any that you like in their online store. You can choose your own: color of the leather, style of shoe, motif, type of closure, width and size of footwear of your very own.
I found something I really liked though for my daughter, Teela, so designing a pair of her own shoes might be something I do later. I picked out some Laguna Sandals Playa in Pink in size 7 toddler for her and they are so adorable! The Soft Star company sent them to me for free to test and review. The sandals have soft rubber soles that will flex with her feet and are sturdy and slip resistant too. They have a color guide that matches their colors with crayon color names and this soft pink leather is the same color as the Mauvelous color crayon. I love the flower cutout and hot pink elastic closer on this sandal. The elastic ankle helps Teela be able to put the sandal on herself and pull them off as well. For safety the toe openings are smaller so that feet won't slip through the front of the shoe. My Teela loves them too! She wanted to wear them all day long and since all Soft Star shoes breathe well and are similar to just going barefoot, I let her :)
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Also, they are having an annual clearance sale:
35% off Feb 8 - Feb 14
50% off Feb 15 - 21 (Starting at NOON P.S.T. on the 15th)
70% off Feb 22 - 28 - FINAL week!
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