Babies & Kids | Shoes

Soft Star Shoes

Handmade shoes for infants, kids and adults since 1984. And because each pair is handmade, you can customize your shoes with choices of colors. “We make minimal shoes for happy, healthy feet! Every one of our shoes is handcrafted at our Oregon, USA workshop… We are careful to source non-toxic materials for our shoes, including leather colored with food-grade dye and non-toxic adhesives… we use only leathers which meet high safety standards both for our customers, and for the environment. As our little ones like to occasionally chew on their shoes, it is important to us they are as chemical-free as possible. Many shoes today (99.9%) are imported from countries using formaldehyde tanning methods. Not only is this chemical a potential irritant to your skin and absorbable transdermally, but it poisons ground water downstream from tanneries, and causes well-documented health issues with tannery employees. Almost all or our leather is sourced from USA tanneries to ensure that strict regulations are adhered to. When the leather is not available from USA tanneries, it is sometimes sourced from approved tanneries in Italy, Brazil, South Korea or Germany which meet labor and environmental standards set by our supplier. We are proud to also offer Ecopell vegetable tanned leather from Germany, which we import due to their extremely high standards for quality and sustainable practices, arguably the best in the world.” Soles are made out of natural rubber, durable suede, or a tough leather. Their shop is run from 100% solar or wind energy.

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Bear Feet

Artisan-crafted shoes for babies and kids, handmade from natural materials since 1985. Each and every one of them particularly unique. “We have the most flexible kids shoes – made with natural crepe rubber sole…Our children’s shoes are made without any thermoforming plastics…which allows the leather to take the shape of the foot, without constricting the toes and inhibiting the natural foot development. All of our shoes are made in USA with quality materials from US and Europe. Natural crepe rubber – Hevea treeWe believe in using as many natural or organic products as possible. We produce no chemical waste, donate our 2nds and scrap leather, and keep a low stock since our products are made to order. The soles on our rubber soled shoes are made from the sap of the Hevea tree. The rubber is tapped in a process similar to maple sugaring, preserving the life of the tree. This sustainable method of soling is ecologically superior to other companies’ who use petroleum based plastics and rubber. All of our leather is a byproduct of animals that have been raised for the meat. The animals have not been hunted or raised for their skin. Our leathers are high quality top-grain, suede, metallic, patent, and nubuck…All our leathers are formaldehyde free.”

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