From the Mouths of our Customers

If you're about to buy your first pair of ATHEIST shoes, then (a) how exciting! and (b) you must be curious to know how others have fared with theirs. 


Below is a feedback forum, independently verified by, where many of our customers have kindly taken the time to tell us what they think. They're all real people and we've not edited any of the comments (even when the spelling was off... oh the restraint!)

You'll see that some customers are marked "Verified Buyers", which means has been able to verify that they purchased in our webshop. The others either bought shoes in person, at our shop in Berlin, or made their last order some years ago, before existed. 

You'll also find lots of reviews of our shoes on our Kickstarter pages, our Facebook page, and various press and blogs. Needless to say, if you're reading this as someone who already owns a pair of ATHEIST, then we'd be really grateful if you'd take a few seconds to share your experience. 


Thanks for your time! / The ATHEIST team

Happy Atheist shoe customers
Happy Atheist shoe customers showing off their ridiculously comfortable shoes.
Based on 133 reviews
Michael Williams
"Terrible" .............but great :-)

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

Markus B.
I like whiskey

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

Great product and great customer service

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

Douglas Evans

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.

Really Comfy and Great handcraftmanship

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

Walking on air

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!

I can’t thank you enough for all of your help with this purchase.

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.

Love the shoes, love the store!

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!

Gliding on air

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.

where have all the colours one?

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?...

Great shoes!

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. :)

David O'Donoghue

loving my new shoes - but is it possible that a shorter lace , more suitable for the shoes could be made available?
When the shoes are tied - they look messy with the longer lace all tied up in knots .

Thanks for the feedback, David! It's a fair kop. Those laces do look a shade too long. We have some shorter laces on their way, and I'll send them your way once we have them.. may be a month or so.

Love at first wear!

I absolutely love my new atheist shoes. I got the Nabokov Cream shoes and they are beautifully crafted. Also, Katrin and David provided such thoughtful help when I was trying to figure out the best size. I’ve already received many compliments on my new shoes.

I love them. Best ever shoes.

I recently received my second pair of Atheist Shoes (Holly GoBlacky). The first ones I bought from the Kickstarter campaign. These are the regular shoes and my only issue is that I’m supposed to give them a breather. I love the sneakers, but these can be worn at work even when sneakers aren’t allowed.

I’ve convinced myself that I must have another pair. BUT, there’s almost nothing in my size (37) right now. Cognac would be nice. And colours from Kickstarter, like BritisH Racing Green, would be wonderful.

More, please! I shouldn’t complain. I have a closet full of shoes that aren’t being worn. My feet are very happy.

Third time is charming

The magic of Atheist shoes! Three time customer here and I'm happy to leave another review. This time I got the Das Matt black boots. I wanted these primarily for work and winter wear. Like others have said, the rubberized leather is a bit stiff in the beginning but no worse than any other new leather boot. I got them a wee bit big so I could wear thick socks anyway and I have been wearing them every day for two months and they feel great! The stiffness is long gone and the lovely flat black surface so far seems impervious to snow, salt, sand...whatever I throw at them. If I get a little scuff or smear of dirt on them it simply wipes right off and they look brand new again. Magic! Not only that, but I was seriously thinking about foot surgery a few months ago because I had so much pain from my cheap work shoes, and now they feel so much better I gave up that thought. Not saying they will fix everyone's foot problems but they sure seemed to have helped mine. So if you're on the fence, or think that these shoes are too expensive....perhaps think again and give them a try. I'm the kind of person that never even thought about spending that much money on a pair of boots...but they're totally worth every penny. They are more comfortable, durable and stylish than anything else I've ever worn. What more can you ask? And here they are, making heathenish prints on a snowy day. Thanks again Atheist shoe folks for a great pair of boots!

If you're wavering, just buy them

I don't leave online product reviews, but can't help but preach when it comes to Atheist shoes. My first pair was from a random visit to the Berlin shop in Summer 2018, and after a rugged 18 months in NYC, they somehow look and feel just as good, and with minimal cleaning needed. So good that I often get asked about them on the subway - probably the least friendly/social place on earth.

I've just now ordered my third pair and I'm sure it won't be the last.

Awesome but smell

I love my grey shoes!.. they were a birthday present and have been worn quite a bit over the last couple of years. Only issue is they seem to have a very pungent leather type smell - I can smell them on my feet when I'm sitting at my desk etc and it's pretty off putting. It seems like it's got worse as I have worn them (yes, it sounds like I just have stinky feet, but I promise they are the only shoes that have this odour!) and it's starting to make me choose other shoes to wear. Is this normal with the type of leather used in their construction? Is there a recommended way to remove odours?

Giving 5 stars anyway because they look great, they're super comfy and I love them!

my goto shoes...

I got the grey shoes about 6 month ago. They are so comfy right from the beginning. During summer I walked miles without socks (something I usually cannot stand in other shoes). Usually, I avoid wearing the same pair of shoes 2 days in a row, but for these I need to force me not to. Now there is one thing I need to tell you: find another supply for laces. Even so you gave me 2 pairs, the 2ed pair already started to disintegrate. And this is despite that a waxed the 2ed pair, which extended its lifespan.

The best shoes on the planet

I'm so excited, today I ordered my second pair of atheist shoes! I love my Squashed Frogs, they've danced in the gravel and tromped through the dirt...gotten totally soaking wet and they still look and feel great! Last year my husband received Kitten Testicle gray boots and he said that he had never been able to put on brand new shoes and have them feel so comfortable. This is a real accomplishment because he's the pickiest man on earth! He wears them everywhere. So naturally I was jealous and decided this year it was my turn to get new boots for my birthday! Thanks for such wonderful quality and great customer service, I can't wait to slop through the snow in my Das Matt boots!

Fantastic quality and long lasting

I purchased a pair back in 2013 and they're still my go-to shoe 6 years later. Dare I say these shoes are eternal? I've been itching for a new color so I recently picked up kitten testicle gray. The quality is fantastic. They feel ridiculously comfy and the gray leather has a unique suede-like aesthetic. I'm in love with these shoes. It's so hard to find a brand that's long-lasting, well crafted, and unique looking. I highly recommend these. Keep up the great work Atheist Shoes!

Atheist couple

I just wanted to accompany my husband who already has got two pairs of Atheist shoes and wanted to buy a third pair. But then I saw this yellow shoe: soft nubuck leather, great colour (*gute Laune*) and I just had to look and look at it again. So now, as you can see on the picture, there is a couple of two pairs in our flat. Thanks for your good service. We will come back!


I ordered a pair of grey sneakers right before a trip and walked long wet streets with a perfect fit in perfect comfort, no break-in period needed. These are the only shoes other than athletic shoes for which I have ever felt affection!

Amazing shoe survival!

My 2 year old grandson fell off a wharf in the ocean and I jumped in, in my Kitten testicle grey shoes and rescued him. I rinsed the shoes in fresh water and dried them in the shade for one day and they’re as good as new! I wear them every day!
Also my daughter would like a pair of Das Cognac shoes but cant see them on the site?

Christine Garner
Barely Black - Gone???

I went to order another pair of the men's shoes called "Barely Black" for my husband's birthday. The entire shoe was made from the soft nubeck material. He adores them! I can't find them. Have they been replaced by the Holly GoLightly's? Thanks.


Hey Christine, I just realised we only replied to you by email, rather than here. But I'm glad we were able sort your husband out. I hope he's enjoying the shoes!

The most enjoyable shoes! Actually, the only shoes.

In 4 years, I bought 4 pairs: Grey Kitten, Camel Toe, Das Matt and British Racing. I wear them 365 days every year. I do not foresee when I will get over how nice their minimalist design is. The stiches, the black hole, the leathers finess. Even the inner quality.

Before getting the Das Matt, I was a little worried the rubberised leather ends up cracking with use. Actually it hasnt age yet. And it is extra stain resistant. I am looking forward to see more colors with this finish.