Feet function optimally when positioned naturally. We have developed a certification system, through which we evaluate shoes for their foot-healthy qualities.
Our feet are designed perfectly. With 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments we can flex, rebound, and absorb shock naturally, throughout many activities. Therefore, we recommend shoes that allow your feet to function naturally. Many manufacturers add features that can hinder our feet and toe alignment. Below are important features to consider when looking to purchase healthy shoes.
Soft Star Ballerine | 5

This shoe has a natural foot-shape design and is lightweight, with a thin sole and zero added features such as artificial arch support and motion control.
 
  1. Weight | 4.3oz
  2. Stack Height | 4mm
  3. No Artificial Arch Support
  4. No Motion Control

 
We recommend shoes that are flat from the heel to the ends of the toes. This means that you want to purchase shoes that do not have elevated heels or toe spring (a feature that lifts the ends of the toes higher than the ball of the foot).
Soft Star Ballerine | 5

This is an excellent shoe because it is completely flat (heel to toe), and possesses zero heel elevation, and zero toe spring.
We recommend shoes that are widest at the ends of the toes (like a baby’s shoe), not at the ball of the foot. This shape allows for natural toe splay, and will not compress your toes into a deformed position.
Soft Star Ballerine (Regular) | 3.5

This shoe offers moderate width in the toe box—allowing for natural toe splay—but does not accommodate Correct Toes for most people without modifications.
 
Soft Star Ballerine (Wide) | 5

This shoe offers excellent width in the toe box – allowing for natural toe splay. This shoe also accommodates Correct Toes for most people, but not everyone.
 
Natural feet are widest at the tips of the toes, not at the ball of the foot. Correct Toes helps place the toes back into their natural alignment. To make sure your shoe is wide enough to accommodate natural toe splay, remove the shoe liner from the shoe and stand on it while wearing Correct Toes. If your foot stays within the margins of the liner, this indicates a foot-healthy shoe. If your foot spills over the shoe liner considerably, then this shoe may be too narrow and could cause adverse effects.
Soft Star Ballerine (Regular) | 3

Since this shoe does not have a shoe liner,  we recommend turning the shoe over and standing on the bottom to compare the imprint. In this photo, the woman's toes extend beyond the width of the shoe. Therefore, we would not recommend wearing Correct Toes in this shoe without modifications.
Soft Star Ballerine (Wide) | 4.5

Since this shoe does not have a shoe liner,  we recommend turning the shoe over and standing on the bottom to compare the imprint. In this photo, the women's pinky toe extends slightly beyond the width of the shoe. She was, however, able to comfortably fit Correct Toes inside her shoes because of the flexible upper material. Therefore, we would recommend wearing Correct Toes in the wide version of this shoe.

Note: Most people are able to wear Correct Toes inside this shoe; however, they may not accommodate someone with an extremely wide foot, without modifications.
The Regular width Ballerine shoe meets all of our foot-healthy criteria. The Wide model in this shoe meets all of our criteria, plus is wide enough to accommodate Correct Toes for most. We would recommend wearing the Wide model for the use of Correct Toes, or if you have a wide foot.
Unlike other companies that recommend “supportive” shoes, which can act like a cast, we recommend shoes that allow natural movement and articulation of your foot bones. We test each shoe for flexibility within each point of flexion and extension.
Soft Star Ballerine | 5

This shoe is extremely thin and flexible, especially when compared to other women's casual dress shoes on the market. Each test point offers great flexibility, and allows natural movement of the foot.

Points of Flexion and Extension

  1. Material
  2. Heel Counter
  3. Arch
  4. Ball
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Ends of Toes
This shoe is an excellent casual dress shoe option for women, which comes in custom colors and patterns. Each pair of shoes is handcrafted in Oregon. Thank you Soft Star for creating a great looking shoe that possesses all the natural foot-healthy qualities!

If you have not already transitioned into thin, flexible footwear learn how to transition under our Correct Toes Tips.

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