Hunting for unique kicks is one of our favorite things to do when wandering abroad. We’ve spied rhinestone heels at Kron in Reykjavík, Iceland and we even hopped gleefully into the bunny themed shoe heaven known Minna Parikka in Helsinki, Finland. Perhaps we’ve been too busy running around and maybe that’s we’ve never had time to stop and ponder the big questions in life, like, “Is there a shoe god?”
David Bonney is the fearless leader behind The Meaningful Shoe Company and Atheist Shoes in Berlin, Germany. Bonney is a creative strategist (in the past he’s held roles at the likes of DDB and McCann Erickson) and he also holds a masters in psychology from Trinity College Dublin. Atheist Shoes took off after Bonney wrote a Reddit post six years ago titled, “I’m a godless shoemaker and I’ve made an atheist shoe… what do you think?”
All of the footwear at Atheist Shoes features sleek natural rubber bottoms with one of two unique tread patterns on the bottom of each pair of shoes. The gear over at Atheist Shoes also happens to be made of ridiculously soft leather in sharp hues with names like “awfully black black” and the rather amusing KTN or “kitten testicle grey.”
Clearly we love shoes. Curious about some of the other crazy heels and shoe boutiques we’ve discovered around the globe? Here are some of our favorite shoe finds in the world.
One of the design details about these shoes that really set our fashionista hearts flutter is the fact that the upper of all Atheist Shoes are virtually stitch free. Each shoe is handmade by a small artisanal group of craftsmen in Portugal using just three pieces of leather (most shoemakers use around ten components).
While the vast majority of Atheist Shoes’ offerings are made out of calfskin leather, they also offer a vegan friendly version made of an Italian microfiber manufactured from recycled plastic bottles and television casings. Pretty crafty.
We’re lusting after Atheist Shoes’ sneakers in sleek British racing green, but not surprisingly, handmade doesn’t always match up with in stock. We’re keeping our fingers and toes crossed that Bonney and his team get more sizes in stock once the European vacation season comes to a close.
You can find Atheist Shoes in heart of Berlin in the Mitte neighborhood (right near Weinmeisterstrasse if you’re taking the U-Bahn). In an age filled with faceless corporate giants that promote empty values, maybe it’s not too far fetched to imagine a world where a shoe brand that’s transparent about believing in absolutely nothing develops a cult like following.
Address: Sophienstrasse 8
Berlin, Germany 10178
Hours: Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday Noon to 7:00pm
Pricing (All in Euros): Boots €210 to €240, Shoes €195, Sneakers €215