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 139 reviews
Stuart Brown
Beautiful and Clearly Made with Love

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?

quel dommage....

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 Many thanks.

Kees van Sighem
shoes in fear of loosing it's sole

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: Sorry and thanks again.

Douglas Evans
Watch the laces

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!

Dominik Stadler
Most comfortable & stylish 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.
Abslolutely delighted.
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 :)

Ilijana I.
Fabulous, comfy, durable...

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 :)

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!