I've been following the Atheist Shoes for years, more or less since their first kickstarter (was that 10 years ago? Really?!?)
I'd always wanted to try them, but for one reason or the other I kept faltering... then, this summer the offer on the "kittens" (one of my favorite colors) finally pushed me over the fence, and am I glad I did! The team's courtesy, the great communication, their awesome service (and free shoelaces in all colors!) impressed me even before receiving the shoes.
Then... I did receive them! And, as everyone says, I've been stunned by the quality of the materials and the level of craftmanship. Just check the pics, even my cats look impressed... well, at least one of them. But let me tell you, he's not a guy who's easily impressed!
Of course, with their extraordinary comfort, my Holly Goblacklies can go anywhere. But as my wife says, they are dress shoes and suitable for the most dressy events. Not only that, they answer that vexing question: How does a man spiff up a monochrome formal look now that men don't wear ties very much anymore? The answer is in the laces. Here, at the opening of NYC's Metropolitan Opera, after being closed for 18 months, and NY premiere of the important new opera "Fire Shut Up In My Bones," the Hollies make a striking fashion statement at an event with volumes of fashion dissertations.
Thank you for taking our shoes to all the best places, William! And for your beautiful, considered words. I love 'shoelaces-are-the-new-ties' - I couldn't agree more. And the Hollies somehow are our dressiest shoe - I don't understand why, but it's something about the mix of the leathers. You've inspired me to want to spiff up and take my shoes somewhere nice - I've pawned them off with a few too many date nights chez my sofa over the last couple of years. Time to get out there and add to the volume of fashion dissertations. Thank you again!
Danke Schoen for another pair of splendid sneakers!
I bought my first pair in Berlin in 2016 and wore them very little, keeping them pristine as though they were holy. I started wearing them recently and am convinced, all over again, they are the best shoes I’ve ever worn. The most comfortable and well made for sure. I’m fond of Marsel and Trippen and Uggs and Visvim and Crocs, all good footwear. But wearing your shoes is like prancing about town inside kid gloves - - on my feet!
Thank you again for a wonderful pair of shoes.
Dear Billie, you are most welcome! Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts... 'like prancing about town inside kid gloves - - on my feet!'... lovely .) I'm chuffed that you managed to fall in love with your shoes all over again. And I do hope by now that you're not just keeping them pristine and are giving them a bit more regular rough and tumble (I promise you they can take it :) Thank you again!
A huge thank you for all of you, and Katrin for your handwritten note!
I received my 45 Holly Goblacky on august 31st, and they are just perfect! So beautiful and comfortable.
I already had a pair of Cognac Boots size 45 I bought in 2015, so choosing the size was not a problem for me.
I still did your sizing guide, which is really good and simple, and it confirmed that my size were 45.
And thanks for the additional laces!
I wanted also to say that your shoes are the most comfortable I've ever had!
Here are some pictures of my 6 years old Cognac Boots (with a nice patina) which have been repaired twice by a cobbler. Yeah, I wear them and love them a lot!
Once by adding a piece of sole to the heel, and a second time recently by gluing a new sole to the heel and toe.
The cobbler said that the leather and the whole shoe was of very good quality ;)
Thanks again for your work! Beautiful shoes made by beautiful people!
Thank YOU, Sébastien! We're so glad you like them :)
I have now owned a pair of these shoes for about 4 years or so. First, they are very comfortable. These are probably the most comfortable shoe I own. Second, I did not think I'd be returning to buy another pair but I must. My wife got these for me as a gift and if I could afford a closet full I would fill the closet. Just the best. It's a of these shoes we're made by God for God. But that would just be silly. :)
Thank you, Michael! We're honoured you came back for more. And I think we can live with 'Made by God for God' :) it's beautiful in some kinda democratising-divinity, anyone-can-be-god kinda way. If we're god, you're god, and we're glad to have made shoes for you.
There was a time when I eschewed shoes -- they were necessary to protect my feet, but nothing else. But three years ago, after guardedly purchasing my first pair of Atheist Shoes at the shop in Berlin, my life and my feet have become much better and happier! These shoes give new meaning to the word comfort -- they gently and lovingly embrace and support the feet, and make walking an unsurpassed pleasure. The styling is perfect -- the essence of "shoe" --- so that they make a very definitive fashion statement while being almost inconspicuous. Over the years, I have gradually expanded my shoe wardrobe to nine pairs of Atheists: the black boots and shoes are perfect for client and business meetings. The Holly GoBlacklies and Gentlemen Steppers are the envy of everyone when out at a restaurant, the theater or a concert. The Kitten Testicles are my all-around go-to shoe, perfect for any setting or occasion, and the ??!! and (soon to arrive) petrols and BRGs can be mixed or matched with serious or frivolous outfits for fun times. The relatively recent introduction of colored, durable laces is a brilliant and characteristically minimalist way of encouraging each model of shoe to blossom to its full potential: The Kittens, for example, are dignified with brown laces, and saucy with red! And, of course, when people notice and ask about my shoes -- I regard this as a sign of high intelligence -- I simply invite them to take a look at the sole!
Oops, I'm a month late to thank you for these kind words, William. I could have sworn I wrote a reply already, but no sign of it. At the risk of lavishing too much gratitude on you, thank you once again for the feedback - we really appreciate it and it has been a pleasure to shoe you. Kitten testicles are also my all-time-favourite, everyday, go-to, any-situation, great-leveller of a shoe. Grey for the win, in any situation!
I have received my shoes! They perfectly fit to my feet and feel so great. No doubt, I have tried them a shot a second time. That was excessively tight. Thank you so much for the entirety of your assistance with this buy. Much thanks to you for stunning client support.
You are too kind, Ehtisham - it was our pleasure and I'm happy it worked out so well!
I will keep this brief, but I absolutely adore this company and these shoes. The simple elegance and fun but classy options make this company a delight to be a customer of, I am from Detroit, MI USA and came across the shop by accident on research trip for my job. And they were closed. I only saw the shoes at the window in Berlin. I snapped a photo and sought them out weeks later online from the US. I picked up a pair second hand, and have never looked back. My partner and I now have at least 15 pairs between us in all sorts of varieties. And we just picked up two new pair today!
The styling is classic, but fun, and the fit is comfortable. These aren't trainers or gym shoes, but they feel good on your feet, and depending on the leather sometimes so soft you can't believe (I am looking at you Whiskey the Wonder Boot).
I would remiss not to also talk about the wonderful customer service and personal service they provide. When I have reached out with a question they are quick to respond and provide a real honesty, sincerity, and care for their customers. even if they have never met them and/or they are oceans away.
Yes they are a little pricey, but it is a responsible price to the quality, manufacturing and company and employee's well being. It is difficult in these times to say things are "worth" it, but these hoes are definitely "worth" it. They are comfy, stylish, a great story, a great company with great employees, and get head turns at the same time.
Get a pair and don't look back
Just a note to belatedly say thank you for taking the time to write all that! It's very touching, and gratifying, and also wonderful of you, and I hope it's helpful to our customers, and I double hope we can live up to the high praise! :)
Yummy! Yummy! Yummy! I have to say that was thought process (though perhaps not the exact words!) when my latest pair of Atheist Shoes rocked up today.
These are my second pair. I just checked and I ordered the first ones over 3 years ago on 13th June 2018. Honestly, I thought they were expensive when I bought them. They are the brown sneakers on the right in the picture. But, in the end, my heart ruled my head, and I bought them anyway.
Life is like that I think. The heart is a bellweather of our true spirit. It knows best, even when our heads are giving out a totally different message. Sometimes things just 'feel' right. Sometimes you have to let your spirit carry you on the tides of your own feelings, even when the 'sensible' decision seems like it would be to defer and take another path.
Your heart usually knows best.
In this case, I can honestly say these have been amazing. I barely wear any other shoes, because they both look good, but are really comfortable and eminently practical, because its really nice leather that is cossetting and hugging your feet.
You can choose to polish them or not. I love the Saphir Renovateur products and enjoy polishing them occasionally with that and some other Saphir products. But, there have also been long periods when I haven't done anything with them at all, and they still look good.
They are VERY, VERY well made. The stitching is really tight and neat. They really ooze quality.
I like that Atheist Shoes have kept the rubber to be a nice thickness, so it doesn't wear out too quick.
They are still fine. I've changed the laces, and put a little glue on one small section of one of the soles where it was becoming a little loose. But, given that I wear these every single day, I would say these are holding up extremely well. I expect to get several more years out of them.
However, when I saw that Atheist Shoes were doing a luscious red pair I simply couldn't resist!!
LOVE the bright colours.(Would LOVE to see the same leather as these ones used in a Bubblegum Pink pair of sneakers! I think my sister would love them)
Would love to see more bright colours in this leather. It feels like it would be a lot more practical than the suede in the wet (and it feels like the bright colours are only available in suede versions)
I wrote to David to ask about the sizing on them (I got the last size 43 pair, which I was very happy about) and commented the following.
"I appreciate the work you guys do. Good shoes are the slippers of the soul. They remind us that no matter where we tread at least part of us is shielded with love, care and craftsmanship.
I consider that to most certainly be a gift to the world."
Because, honestly I do.
It is rare to genuinely be a raving fan of something. There is so much marketing bullshit doing the rounds. So many things that don't feel quite 'real'. That feel like we are being played. To have our buttons pressed to react in ways that are designed to elicit certain planned responses.
I don't feel that with my shoes from here, or on the occasions when I have contacted the folk at Atheist Shoes.
I find it refreshing to deal with a company and people that CARE about the quality of the product. These wouldn't look out of place in a Gucci shop. I have taken a close-up photo of the stitching on my new red sneakers, because it is really, really good. These feel like a quality item. Like someone who knew what they were doing, and who cared, crafted them.
We should all embrace the joy of our shared humanity and what it really is to know that sharing our talents with verve and passion is the true path to enlightenment.
These guys and gals are sharing their talent for making beautiful shoes.
These are clearly made with love.
Isn't that kinda amazing?
Hey Stuart, it’s taken me a while to reply to your post because it’s one of the loveliest bits of feedback we’ve ever received and how does one even begin reply to something like that? I love that you noticed our stitching, and I love that your feedback comes after years of wearing the shoes - you’re really deep in there, experience-wise. And most of all I love that you’ve felt the love that our team put into what we do - I feel it everyday and I am deeply grateful to work with such dedicated, high-empathy, high-fun humans. Thank you for seeing all that, and for sharing. It inspired me to write this post (https://atheist.shoes/blogs/news/thank-you-for-the-lovely-feedback), which you might or might not have seen. And, at the risk of this looking like some cynical “you scratch my back i’ll scratch yours” premeditated trade, which it definitely is not, your work makes me smile, as does how you write about your work and who knows, maybe some of our customers will also get a kick out of what you do; click here (https://piccy.com/collections/all) for the most gorgeous, vivid, surreal and FUN wall art - “Cow, Meerkats and a Hedgehog on a Spring Hilltop” is my personal favourite. And here (https://piccy.com/pages/about) for the words of the artist. Thanks Stuart!
Wirklich schade......ich habe mich eigentlich vor allem auf die Inschrift auf der Sohle (ich bin Atheist....) gefreut und eigentlich auch deshalb ein Paar Schuhe bei Ihnen gekauft, nachdem ein Freund von mir (wie ich ein Atheist!) sie mir stolz vorgeführt hat. Der Frust war gross beim Auspacken: Die Sneakers sind zwar elegant und bequem aber nix mit Inschrift auf der Sohle! How come? Gibt es nur eine bestimmte Linie, die diese Inschrift trägt? Ich hätte sie nicht gekauft wenn ich das gewusst hätte )-:
Hey there; I'm not sure which order was yours (perhaps you can get in touch and let us know)? But some of our sneakers do indeed have different soles ('Voyager' rather than 'ICH BIN ATHEIST'), and it's all clearly signposted on the individual product pages. You're welcome to return them and I send you an ICH BIN ATHEIST pair, if you like? We're grateful for the 5* review, but it'd be awesome if we could fix you up with the exact shoes you wanted. We'd be grateful if you could email us, at email@example.com. Many thanks.
By far the most comfy shoes I ever had. And I sure they are put to gether with love and care, but with less than optimal glue
Hello Kees, thanks for letting us know! We've identified this problem in a handful of grey shoes in larger sizes from a particular batch.We thought we caught them all, but yours seem to be a pair that slipped through the net. Sorry about that. Basically, on whatever day those soles were bonded, whomever did it failed to apply a bonding preparation solution to the top of the sole and hence separation, which is only 100% possible to identify once wear begins. Thankfully it's an easy fix - you can send them back to us, or hand them over to a trusted local cobbler who uses 'Atomic glue' (and we'll pick up the bill, needless to say). Can you let us know which path you take? Our email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Sorry and thanks again.
I now own six pairs of these shoes. Excessive? Not when talking about the best shoes I have ever owned.
One thing to bear in mind. The laces are maddeningly frustrating. Look cross-eyed and they will knot. There is something about their length and thinness that makes them uniquely likely to go wrong. Could be the devil at work - but we don’t believe in that, do we? Just look before you unlace. That is your path to enlightenment. .
Hey Doug, lovely to hear from you! Yes, those damned laces... another customer told us we should call them 'God's Revenge'. BUT we have recently changed suppliers, to a small German company, and so far the laces are proving more robust and easier to tie without getting into devil knots. I'd love to send you some of the new batch, for testing purposes!
OMG.... I LOVE YOUR SHOES!!!
Just had to be said after wearing my new pair for a few months.... ;-)
You create the most comfortable and stylish shoes i have ever had the pleasure to wear.
Thank you! To all of you!
Much Love from Switzerland! <3
YOU are too sweet... what a lovely lovely review, thank you Dominik! Kind of you to take the time and we're very happy you're happy :)
The shoes are way more cool, fantastic, fabulous, vibrant, striking and showy than I expected.
I’m proud owner of Naughty Schnitzel Shoes, Das Cognac Boots and now Fuchsia Shoes.
I adore each pair I've got.
All of them are very comfy and durable, looking great after years and years of wearing them.
Atheist Team, thank you so much for being so nice, responsive and for making great shoes.
Thank you Ilijana! Very sweet of you to take the time to share. We're delighted you're happy, 3 pairs in :)
Terrible about this shoes...... after three pairs I do not get the Nabokov cream sneaker also as boots since more than a year. Drives me nuts! Terible company,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,but I adore the shoes ;-) Best sneaker ever
Woah there :) Didn't we tell you you can pre-order a pair of Nabokov boots? That we'd make you a pair especially? And you told us 'I'm thinking about pre-ordering'? Way back in April 2018? And we've not heard nowt since? Well, the offer still stands... we will gladly make you your dream pair of boots, just as soon as you give us the go ahead. And we're very happy you love the sneakers! Thank you thank you xxxx
and I love Whiskey the Wonder Boot. This leather is so incredibly soft you could wear the shoes in bed - worth every penny. Poor pony, though.
Delivery was in no time at all - ordered Sunday evening, wore the Wonder Boots Tuesday at noon! In fact, the boots arrived before the shipment notification did :D
Fit well into my growing collection :)
Thank you Atheist Shoes!
Thanks for sharing Markus! Lovely to see your growing family and I'm very glad you're happy. I'm also impressed by the shipping times - I have to confess that's at the speedier end of the spectrum for us, and some of our global customers have to cope with pandemic-related delays at the moment. But we do try to get them out the door as quickly as we can. Wishing you many comfy steps in the Whiskeys. Thanks again! Nana
Got the Squashed Frog sneaker - fantastic, high quality, and comfortable, with a great fit - it was better than I imagined it could be, and on a par with any high-end shoes I've owned.
The Atheist team was very helpful and responsive - I can't recommend the company or the product highly enough.
A very belated thank you, Nick, for taking the time to share! We're chuffed you thought so highly of the experience and the shoes. And we hope they're still going comfy & strong. Best, Nana
These remain my favorite shoes of all time. They are unbelievably comfortable. They have also proven to be more durable than many other shoes I have owned. I purchased my first pair in October 2018, and have worn them frequently since. I recently had them half-soled; the body of the shoe is going strong. They are also unique. Though not unknown. Just before the pandemic shut things down I was at a restaurant in San Francisco. When the waiter came over, before he did anything else he looked down and asked, “what color are those shoes?” Kitten testicle, I responded. “I thought so!”
Hey Douglas, just a belated thank you for sharing your experience (we're slow to catchup with all the customer feedback). So, thank you! And man, that waiter story... I really hope he has a pair of Kitten Testicles too whomever, wherever he is.
I purchased two pairs of sneakers during the summer and I was so pleased with them that I bought a pair more during the fall when they were placing/giving a gift in the shoe boxes. All the shoes took a long time to arrive mainly because of custom clearance delays, but the wait is totally worth it, these shoes are really comfortable from the first time you wear them and the actual shoe colors do match those in the website; I am particularly fond of the DAS ??!! whose color is fantastic. The craftsmanship is also great, you can either walk or run with them and you do not have to worry that they will fall apart. The variety of shoe laces that come with the shoes allow for having fun with the sneakers by having different options. Finally, thank you very much for the gift that came with my new DAS ??!! sneakers!!!!
Thank you Edgar, for taking the time to right all that! It's really very sweet of you. I am glad the delay is finally over and that you're happy... ditto with the socks :) We're considering finally giving DAS ??!! a proper colour name, and leaning towards Raspberry. Not too exciting, but seems an apt fit. Though, if you disagree, we're all ears! Wouldn't want to ruin your enjoyment of the colour with an ill-fitting name. Thanks again! David
A few months ago I bought the sneakers in kitten grey in the shop in Berlin. They are absolutely gorgeous. It´s like walking on air with them. I love it! But I also love red and every touch of red. So I was missing red sneakers by Atheist shoes very much. When I now saw Das??!! Sneaker I immediately knew what to do: order them! And now I am very, very happy. These shoes are made for me. Because I am a writer a friend of mine said: "These shoes are made for writing" - when I wear them I write like walking on air. ;-)
Visiting the shop in Berlin is great becauce the people in the shop are helpfull and friendly. But I live in Munich and I am in Berlin not very often. So I now ordered online and that is also very easy. And the shipping was very fast. It only last a few days until my new shoes arrived. Wonderful!
My shoes arrived! They fit so perfectly and feel so good. Just to be sure, I tried them on a second time with the additional inserts you sent. That was too tight. Thank you for including them. I can’t thank you enough for all of your help with this purchase. I don’t know what this school year is going to look like but my feet will be comfortable. Thank you for amazing customer service. Thank you for creating a quality shoe. When the USA gets its head out of its ass and handles the coronavirus correctly, I hope to travel to Berlin and meet all of you and try on every pair of 46’s you have in stock.
My husband and I own four pairs of Atheist shoes and boots. We bought our first two pairs at the store in Berlin and continue to order online. These shoes just get better and better with age, as they mould to the shape of our feet. The are stylish enough to go to the museum or work, and practical enough for a day of sightseeing. They even go sailing. Ordering online is easy and real people respond to our emails. We love this store and we love these shoes!
I excitedly checked for a sale on your cognac boots for 3 months, hoping to be able to treat myself in time for my birthday at the end of March. This excitement only rose when I ordered in time for your spring sale. Having received your shoes one week into quarantine, they were my only source of joy for a solid week.
I had read the reviews and done my research, yet nothing could prepare me for how truly comfortable these boots are. Whatever magic you guys are sprinkling into these babies, it certainly works.
Though I am unable to travel home,, I always have my daily walk to look forward to (sporting my new cognac booties, of course). The hours I spend wandering around each week have made me feel like I'm gliding rather than trudging, thanks to these shoes.
I wanted to thank you, not only for how amazing your product is, but also for the lovely colour options in the spare pairs of shoelaces that accompanied the boots.
virtually every step I comfortably took outside my humble home in recent years was in a pair of atheists
and for all I can say they were great company, day in day out, going north and going south.
too bad that virtually walking to your online shop more and more becomes a source of sorrow.
remember the colourful days in the past, the bold ideas you had? pet-shoe-boys you were - how daring!
I am sure not everybody liked it but who cares about everybody?
All a thing of the past, nothing exciting anymore - you've grown old, as it seems,
there's nothing wrong with grey hair, I am having some myself, but:
no need to make both ends of your body look alike, right?...
I bought my pair of Das Cognac Boot two weeks ago. I can truly say these shoes are the most comfortable ones I've ever had! The colour is amazing, the leather as well. I keep receiving compliments about them. For those of you who're in doubt whether to buy them, I'd say just go ahead, you wouldn't regret. :)