Comment from: ShoeBoi [Visitor]

While running on the road, did the shoes make any "slapping" noises?

01/06/18 @ 11:16
Comment from: Paul [Visitor]

Odd question, but if you had these loosely laced up, would you be able to casually slip them off and back on again without sitting down? Like a pair of Vans slip ons for instance?

01/06/18 @ 16:58
Comment from: [Member]

They don't slap anymore than, say, the Vibram Bikila LS or some of my other favorites.
They do slap LESS than your typical huaraches though. No worries here!

01/07/18 @ 09:38
Comment from: [Member]


If I leave off the highest eyelet and keep the second eyelet loose, I can pretty easily slip my feet into the shoe! It really depends on how you want to enjoy the shoe. It does not require a untying of a ton of lacing to make it easy to go in and out.

01/07/18 @ 09:39
Comment from: WVC [Visitor]  

Have you (or anyone else) had a chance to try to Carson Footwear shoe? Like Soft Star it's another "made in USA" minimalist shoe, although I think the stack is considerably thicker than the Soft Star. Curious if anyone has had a chance to try it out and compare with Soft Star.

03/22/18 @ 11:59
Comment from: David Couzelis [Visitor]
David Couzelis

I'm trying to find the right size for me. How much space do you have between your toes and the front of the shoe? Thank you!

03/26/18 @ 21:16
Comment from: Colin [Visitor]

Finally picked up a pair of these and, while I'm still getting used to them, I'm optimistic. I tried Soft Star some years ago and, while I was impressed with the shoe on its own, it just didn't fit me properly. This style, however, yields the first pair of non-VFF closed-toe shoes where I don't feel myself being crushed by the toe-box. Now I just hope they end up being durable (USD 140 is a hefty price). If so, then I think I've found my new go-to shoe!

03/31/18 @ 18:02
Comment from: [Member]


Hope you love them!

04/02/18 @ 08:25
Comment from: Michael Chamberlin [Visitor]
Michael Chamberlin

I'm also curious about the Soft Star/Carson shoe comparison.

07/05/18 @ 10:00
Comment from: Ryan Banfield [Visitor]
Ryan Banfield

I love Soft biggest gripe with these is the lack of ventilation. My feet sweat, and the Primals are like a hot-box at any temperature above 60F, for me. Unfortunate as I love the reinforced toe...the Dash REALLY needs that.

07/29/18 @ 10:33
Comment from: Nick [Visitor]

Barefoot shoes are certainly my favorite type of shoe due to their feeling, but historically I’ve had issues in the past of my barefoot shoes developing a strong odor which is hard to waah out. Do these shoes also have odor issues or have you found that not to be a problem?

08/11/18 @ 10:59
Comment from: [Member]

Hi Nick!

I highly recommend oil sprays as a funk-stopper.

Many people simply wash their shoes, but that may not be a viable option, depending on shoe materials.

I have found that tea tree oil and peppermint (you can find them online quite easily) are very effective as keeping things smelling nice and fresh!

08/13/18 @ 08:03
Comment from: Mike H [Visitor]
Mike H

Just ordered my Dash Primals.
(Picked the 5mm trail sole,and black/oxblood red for the color.)

Looking forward to getting them,hopefully within the next 2 weeks.

04/24/19 @ 14:38
Comment from: [Member]



Please let us know what your thoughts are!

05/06/19 @ 09:32
Comment from: Mike H [Visitor]
Mike H

So far,ive had my new Runamoc Primals for about a week and a half.

(I received them on April 27,2019.It's now May 7,2019.)

Love my new shoes.They're so comfy.

05/07/19 @ 09:32
Comment from: Ogden [Visitor]

I tried Softstar shoes once and hated them.

1) The "Low interior height" is horrible. The ankle height is WAY to low. It is horribly unstable and hurts. I got blisters after like 5 mins. Even with socks.

2) The sole / lack of padding is insanely painful. Sure, it has a Vibram sole, but something about the material offers 0 shock absorption. You can't put an insole in the shoe either because of the "Low interior height". Even 5-Fingers have shock absorption in them that is 1000 times better then Softstar. And YES, I know how to walk in Barefoot shoes. I've been wearing them for 5 years. I walk around barefoot all the time at home.

3) The tread texture is beyond annoying and impossible to keep clean.

4) The lip of the sole in the toes constantly catches on cracks in pavement etc. Yes, it could be because of the way I walk. The balls of my feet then toes touch down before my heels. WHICH btw, is how you're suppose to walk

All in all, I'm really sad SoftStar are such non usable shoes. I love that you can design them however you want almost. It's great.. but ugh, such horrid shoes.

12/10/19 @ 17:09
Comment from: [Member]

Hi Ogden,

This particular model from SoftStar Shoes is designed for runners in mind and everyone will have their own experiences and preferences when it comes to each individual shoe and their needs.

Its stack height is average for minimalist shoes in this category--around 5mm with the Vibram Gumlite sole. The purpose is to provide very little shock absorption for better groundfeel, flexibility, and to facilitate proper running form.

If you feel that the lack of padding to be painful, perhaps you should consider listening to your feet and walking/running with better biomechanics efficiency (e.g. moving with less impact and more efficiency).

I find that the "lip" in the front is very minimal because it is folded back. Perhaps the shape of the shoe is too wide or maybe you have the wrong size?

In any case, each person's feet will have their own experiences and I'm glad that we have so many options out there for minimalist runners. Personally, while the Moc was a highly reviewed model from SoftStar in the past, it was not really to my liking and I had to send mine back. This Primal is a marked improvement in terms of stability and comfort in my opinion.

Thanks for your thoughts! Perhaps Softstar will look at your comments and incorporate them into a different model.

12/11/19 @ 10:57
Comment from: Anne-Louise [Visitor]  

I will ask the same question as David Couzelis.. Cant see your answer to him
I'm trying to find the right size for me. How much space do you have between your toes and the front of the shoe? Thanks

01/11/20 @ 09:41
Comment from: [Member]

Anne-Louise and David,

Softstar shoes has a sizing guide online

It depends on how your feet are built. Since the shoes cinch inwards towards the front, I would suggest going one half size up.

01/14/20 @ 10:00
Comment from: Mike H [Visitor]
Mike H

Hard to believe I've had my Soft Star Primals for nearly a year now.

(I received them on May 27,2019.It's now March 3,2020.)
They're still holding up fairly well..but I'm being tempted to buy another pair of Primals.

03/03/20 @ 09:25
Comment from: [Member]

Mike H,

That's awesome to hear! Glad you like them! Hopefully, we will have new reviews up soon from Soft Star!

04/29/20 @ 10:27

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