Softstar Shoes Dash Review

Editor's Note: while this product has been sponsored to me for this adventure, this review reflects only my personal opinion and is not a paid advertisement. My thoughts are my own, and my experience is as such. 

It's been a long time coming, but in my opinion I think I've finally found the most comfortable minimalist shoe: The Dash, by Softstar Shoes

The Dash: a dance/ninja shoe hybrid

The Dash: a dance/ninja shoe hybrid

 

I've been wearing these shoes almost every day for the past 2.5 months: 1300 miles worth of bicycle adventuring, running, hiking, and urban exploration - testing the durability of the materials and the overall quality of the product. Softstar Shoes have a rock solid product that borders the line between fantasy and reality. Yes, my feet are extremely comfortable, and no I didn't have to sacrifice a unicorn to make it happen. I have really wide feet, and all my life I've had to cram these essential body parts into canvas/rubber coffins that only caused me pain and discomfort - so imagine my surprise when I realized I don't even have to worry about that anymore. 

Getting dirty on the trails of Alabama

Getting dirty on the trails of Alabama

The Dash is handmade in Oregon with extremely high quality, USA-sourced leather, and the quality is evident while wearing them. Not only is the leather soft and supple, but it really handles abuse well - the durability is outstanding for such a gentle feel. I regularly treat them with a natural waterproofer, so that might help a little bit as well. I do admit that their aesthetics took me a hot sec to get accustomed to, but after I realized how stupid I was, it didn't even matter. 

Stitching detail on the uppers/natural aging if the leather

Stitching detail on the uppers/natural aging if the leather

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One thing I never thought about until it started happening, was the natural stretching of the leather. I've been careful not to wear extremely thick socks every day, so I think that'll be fine. They maintain an even ankle snugness that I appreciate while I'm bombing a trail, or climbing up a tree! The shoes are alive, like a natural extension of your feet. 

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The sole is a 5mm Vibram trail rubber, which I have extended experience with during my time in the handmade sandal industry. The ground feel is fantastic, and the durability is unmatched for how much abuse I've thrown into it - I can easily say that the sole will probably last me for another few thousand miles at least.

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I think the best compliment anyone can say about a product, is that it works and you don't even have to think about it. 

This is one of those products.