In 2007, the idea for Atelier Shoes was conceptualized by two good friends who wanted to design their own line of shoes. Their website was officially launched in January 2009 and has grown to become a nice, reliable online shop for pretty shoes with great quality. Unfortunately it is already offline since a few months so customers have to look for alternatives.
Nina Shoes for example is one of the pioneers in the industry of custom shoes and especially high heels.
The Atelier Shoes custom shoes are very stylish and also right on trend but there are not a lot of choices, unfortunately. Currently, there are only 6 customizable designs available in the site. The selection is made up of classic shoe silhouettes like pumps, peep-toes, d’orsays and Mary Jane shoes. Aside from custom shoes on their site, Atelier Shoes also cater to shoe parties. They can bring the design studio to your private party and they can help you design a shoe from scratch. Shoe parties require 10-12 guests and samples and material selections will be provided for your guests.
The shoes are a little bit pricier compared to the other options we’ve seen online. The price ranges from $190 – $285 and there could be a markup of $15 – $35, depending on the material and leather used for the shoe.
They have an Online Design Studio which allows users to customize the design of the shoe. The design options, although not that extensive, boast several really stylish materials from patent leathers to exotic animal prints. Special prints will generally have additional costs – animal prints are $15, fur materials are $35 and suedes have a markup of an additional $10. You will be able to mix and match the design and customize parts like the exterior upper, interior lining, heel and sole. The Online Design Studio displays a 3D image of the shoe with different view options so you can inspect each angle.
Production and shipping time can take awhile. Expect approximately around 6 – 8 weeks for your order. Aside from their usual shoe designs, they also accept special orders for weddings and other occasions. For orders like this, you have to contact their customer service for more information.
Atelier Shoes definitely have fashionable shoe styles and their customization process is quick, easy and enjoyable. However, their shoe options are very limited right now and this can be quite a disappointment for customers who want styles that aren’t available.