From the Mouths of our Customers

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

 

Below is a feedback forum, 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 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 add your tuppenceworth. 

 

Thanks for your time! / The ATHEIST team

Happy Atheist shoe customers
Happy Atheist shoe customers showing off their ridiculously comfortable shoes.
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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!

Love

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?

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.

Christine

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.

Hands down my favorite shoes ever

I'm generally sceptical when people dole out 5-star user reviews, but in this case I find myself forced to join in. The styling may or may not be to your taste, but the leather quality is unreal and the comfort of Atheist shoes is unparalleled. Even when wearing them for the first time, it takes all but ten minutes before you feel like you've had them on for ages. The only slight gripe I had with the original Atheist shoe is that the sole was hard and firm; not a problem with a formal shoe, but not ideal for everyday casual wear. But then Das Sneaker came along... All the good things of the original, but with even better looks and more softness and bounce in the sole. They're sporty and casual, yet so classy. I can't help but wince every time I pass a Footlocker store. All other sneakers look tacky and cheap and feel plasticy in comparison. I'm up to five pairs of Atheist sneakers now, and have not yet had to dispose of any due to wear. It allows me to mix and match different colours with whatever I'm wearing that day.
Save for hiking or severe winter weather, these are pretty much the only shoes I wear. Highly recommended.

Best Shoes Ever

I just received my shoes. I’ve been wearing them all day. I feel like a child at Christmas who just got the best present ever! The most comfortable shoes ever and the quality is unbelievable.
This is my third pair of your shoes. They are the most comfortable shoes I have ever had (I’m 58 and my wife calls me Imelda Marcos because of the shoes I have bought in the past).
Everyone comments appreciatively when they see the shoes - admittedly I have a pair of your blue nubuck shoes and no men wear shoes that colour here. I know they are jealous and many comment on how comfortable and stylish they look; and I love showing them the soles: their reaction is an added pleasure.
This pair is beyond comfortable. Gloves for my feet.
Thank you for such a wonderful gift.

best value of money ever

Can the Atheist team please help me out on this, when did I buy this unbreakable pair of shoes?
I remember when I first heard of Atheist shoes I just loved them for their soles and immediately regretted that they were probaly just very care intensive with the Nubuck and be ruined very quickly. I usually do not like to spend mmore than 100 EUR on a pair of shoes and really thought about it for some time, but then decided to go for it after all. When I put them first on I was so happy about them being super comfortable, I wear them basically every day during the summer, unless it rains. They are my usual pair on holidays, because they are so comfortable, I can walk on them through Paris, Barcelona, Lisboa, Berlin, Hamburg and New York all day. And then dance the night away if it so should happen.
Now several years in I had not once to bring them to the shoemakers what I usually have to do with my shoes once a year, as I tread them off very unevenly. You can see the Darwin being worn off just as much as the heel.
I just brushed them yesterday and put the care on as I had not done it this spring (usually do this once a year when the snowy season in Vienna is over).
So just to let you know: I probably will never ever buy another pair of these miracle shoes ever! I would love to, but there is just absolutely no reason to do so!

impossibly great. (I mean this.)

While visiting Berlin, I spent many warm and delirious days walking around with tired feet. My feet are fussy, and despite my best efforts, they'd become unhappy with my footwear choices as I walked nearly 100 miles over the course of a week. One afternoon, I stumbled across the Atheist Shoes storefront. Of course, I went in. I tried on a single pair of Holly Go-blackly shoes and was immediately hooked. I had them shipped back to my home country and have been wearing them frequently since their arrival. These are shoes that make no supernatural claims: they rest on the laurels of mere mortal humans. And yet, they are perfect. The true test was wearing them to an outdoor music festival on a hot day: hours and hours standing on pavement and concrete, and my feet stayed both cool AND comfortable all day. Zero complaints.

I really want a pair!

A neighbor has the black boot and it look fantastic. I would love a pair but not being an atheist I want to avoid the type of looks my wife gave me from people I know. Do you have a black boot for someone like me?

Hey there - I'm glad you think the boots look fantastic, but how can you leave a review for us if you've never even tried them on??!? I'll admit 4 stars isn't bad, but we've grown accustomed to 5 star reviews and I'm pretty sure yours would be one star more if you actually tried the boots on :) We do have some sneakers that don't have ICH BIN ATHEIST written on the sole, but I reckon you should take it all in jest and proudly wear some Atheist Boots without giving two hoots who knows what it says on the bottom of your soles. They'll just look like achingly cool minimalistic boots to anyone not in the know... and the only look you'll get from anyone in the know is one of envy or admiration :)
Holy Grail

A friend went to Berlin and came back wearing Atheists. I tried hers on and it was love at first touch. I have found the most comfortable shoes. I walk all over New York in my black boots, and never want to wear anything else. I intend to wear Atheist shoes for the rest of my life. Next I would like some of the grey leather boots, but I don't see them on the website any more. Have you stopped making them?

Hello Charlotte - thank you for the lovely feedback! About the grey boots - I think you mean the Stasi Concrete grey, right? A smooth napa finish? Well, we won't be making them as standard but I could make you a bespoke pair especially, if you like? Just pop us an email if so... hello@atheistberlin.com.
Shoe heaven

On the last day of my long weekend in Berlin with the mrs, we randomly walked into a small shoe boutique. Half an hour later, i walked out with 3 pairs of Atheist shoes!
They are absolutely fantastic and the most comfortable shoes i have worn to date.

We also met David and Nana who were extremely helpful and not the usual pushy sales type at all!

Hey Udit - a belated thank you for your lovely review! I remember you guys and it was lovely to meet you. I hope the shoes are still going strong. Thanks again! David
It just doesn't get better than this!

I fell so much in love with the design of your shoes that I went to Berlin just to buy them and I don't regret it a bit. I was helped by a very sweet American gentleman who helped me pick out a pair for my son and one for my daughter. They absolutely loved them. My husband now wants a pair and my son wants another one! We just can't get enough of them. Besides being heavenly to wear, they are beautiful and the older they get, the better looking they become! I suggest you plan your next pop-up trip to London - I'll be the first in line!

My, Lesley... what lovely feedback! Sincere (& belated) thanks for taking the time to share. The sweet young man you met is Jonathan, and he recalled you guys in the same vain .)
Life FAN

I remember the first time I saw your product on Facebook, was skeptical a little , but then I decided to buy one pair of Kitten grey shoes, and after 2 years I bought Das Cognac Boots - In love with them, already wearing and not tearing them for the 2nd season ! They still look brand new with a couple of scratches! It's an amazing achievement for me, because im spending less on shoes because of you guys :D
And you can forget about stinky feet , even after 8 hours of wearing them you can only smell leather! Awesome product, like title says - DON'T YOU DARE TO CLOSE THIS SHOP!!! IF Anything happens let me know , ill buy 10 pairs upfront! :D
Love and Respect!

Mindaugas - a tardy thank you for the feedback! We had honestly never thought of the smelly feet angle as a selling point... but you're totally right! It is very very difficult to get smelly feet issues in our ATHEIST shoes. I guess it's just the very natural and breathable leathers, compared to all the synthetic junk that creeps its way into most modern footwear. Thanks again!
Endlich! die richtigen Schuhe.

Bin ich froh, dass ich mit meinem amerikanischem Angetrauten an eurem Laden vorbeikam. Wir haben fast eine Stunde gebraucht, bis wir uns jeweils für ein Paar dieser wunderbaren Schuhe entschieden haben.. nicht nur, weil es so viele gute Farben gab. Hauptsächlich, weil ihr so angenehm im Umgang seid und guten Humor habt, dass wir getrödelt haben.

Nachdem ich meine blauen Nubuck-Schuhe jetzt seit 6 Monaten trage, mein Urteil: Bitte versucht mal, Sandalen und Winterschuhe zu machen :), dann kaufe ich nie mehr Schuhe woanders

Aw thank you Christina! I don't want to talk tooooo much about secret projects, but watch this space on the sandals front :)
Lush in every sense of the word!

There comes a point in life when you realise that walking around in bland, stiff, uncomfortable shoes is just not worth it. At that point you need an Atheist in your life, and ironically your feet will be in heaven.

A very belated thank you for this beautiful post, Stephen. We're very glad you've been so happy.
Off of my cold, dead feet

That’s the only way anyone will be getting my Atheist boots from me.

I saw them in the window and five minutes later they were on my feet.

I’d sleep in them if my wife didn’t complain.

You know, Douglas, at least 2 people have been buried in their Atheist Shoes. So even the great leveller need not separate you from the delicious comfort of our shoes!
My 4th and 5th pair

Just received my fourth and fifth pair of shoes. This time I got two pairs of sneakers and Am again absolutely impressed with their style and comfort. The petrol blue and red nubuck pairs I just received have caused compliments from everyone who has seen them. I have never thought of myself as a shoe enthusiast but with atheist shoes that is totally changed. I have never been able to find shoes that fit me comfortably given the shape of my feet.I now look at my closet and simply want to discard every pair of shoes I own and only have Atheist. Truly the most comfortable and stylish shoes I have ever owned her wished own in the future. I cannot recommend them more highly and the wonderful group of people associated with the design and manufacture of the shoes. It’s an honor to be able to find such great shoes that are so incredibly comfortable. Thank you David and Team

Our pleasure :) And thank YOU! We'd be nothing without the openminded and brave customers we have, willing to take a chance on a little known shoe brand that isn't the most affordable. We truly appreciate your custom, and these kind words. Thanks agaiN!
One of the most rewarding interactions I’ve had with a company in my life

My experience with Atheist has been one of the most rewarding interactions I’ve had with a company in my life. I can verify that they are the definition of quality at every aspects of their process; the shoes, the shipment, the customer service. I am, quite frankly, in awe and hope to emulate their business practices in the future. The shoes are spectacular; the people behind the shoes are even better. Thank you all for being wonderful.

Thank you Donovan, for the very lovely words! I’m very touched that you’ve taken the time to write this. It was a genuine pleasure meeting and dealing with you and I hope our paths cross again.
Never had so much fun buying shoes

I enjoyed meeting you and Nana yesterday at your Berlin shop, Dave. I’ve never had so much fun buying shoes before. The shoes themselves are beautiful and feel like a dream — such fine leather and craftsmanship. I’ve got the mustard boots on now. They match the skirt I’m wearing to lunch today. It will be difficult to decide which — those or the petrol — to keep with me for the next three months in Europe and which to send back to New Mexico.

The Syrian restaurant I thought was so good was Yarok Fine Syrian Cuisine from Damascus at Torstrasse 195. It’s right where Tucholskystrasse dead-ends into Torstrasse, so it’s not far from your shop. Despite the name, the atmosphere is totally casual. My husband and I ordered the Yarok Platter with Meat, loved it, and wound up taking about a quarter of it home.

Cheers!
Sandy Sheehy
Albuquerque, New Mexico (and Berlin)

Hey Sandy, thank you for taking the time to wrote this feedback! It was really nice to meet you too and we hope to try out that restaurant imminently :) All best
Fabulous

Just received my sneakers, it takes time to get to Australia; they are really nice. I have never before worn a pair of mustard coloured shoes; its fabulous.

Regards

Gary

Lovely to hear. Thanks Gary!
So beautiful, smooth and nice to wear

Thank god ;-) I received my sneakers yesterday and, hey, I’m smashed! Green, black and cognac – so beautiful, smooth and nice to wear. Thank you a thousand times for three perfect pairs of shoes. Now I am waiting for beeing able to walk in the snow, making a statement on my atheism …