How to Start Your Own Shopify Store and Top 60 Stores for Inspiration (2018)

Shopify is one of the best e-commerce platforms out there. They began in 2004, and since then, a number of e-commerce business owners move to the platform. In fact, at the moment, there are over 500,000 active stores running on Shopify, and they’ve collectively driven more than 40 billion worth of sales. Below you'll find out how to start your own Shopify store and which exiting shops you can use for inspiration.

How to create your own store with Shopify in 15 minutes or less

It is no secret that we think Shopify is a great ecommerce platform, there is a reason why it tops our chart. It used to be that setting up an ecommerce store took a lot of hours as well as a lot of know-how. Today, however, that has changed and setting up an online store only takes a few minutes. With a few mouse clicks and a little typing, you can set up your own store on the web.

There's a reason why Shopify is such a popular platform. Perhaps the biggest reason lies in the fact that creating your first store has never been easier. In the video below, we show you how you can set up your own Shopify store in less than 15 minutes. If you want to learn more about Shopify, then you can either sign up for their 14-day free trial, or you can read the full Shopify review here.

 

If you're more into reading, here's a detailed tutorial for you to walk through.

The 60 best Shopify stores and what to learn from each one:

There are a number of Shopify stores that excel in sales and service because of their design, UX, marketing, and selling strategies. And we’ve selected 50 of the best Shopify stores for you from the lot. Whether you’re starting a business or trying to market better, these 50 Shopify stores will give you some inspiration:

1. Chaos

A well-designed website that matches its individuality, Chaos combines customization and a sense of fun. You can choose a unique accessory for your phone or travel needs, which also matches your identity. “Technology meeting fashion; practicality meeting punk, with a dose of quintessentially London individuality. That’s the CHAOS ethos.”

2. JOCO Cups

JOCO Cups tells visitors on the site’s Why Joco page  “the cups are designed to enhance your morning brew, save your taste buds and help out mother nature.” Up-sell Alert: The site also allows users to feature their own products.

3. Pop Chart Lab

Chart lovers unite. This site allows you to find a chart for almost any subject. From “The Many Varieties of Whiskey” chart to “The Diagram of Dogs” the site’s layout is modern and easy to navigate. Even their logo is a mini chart.

4. AYR

Ayr is photo heavy, which works perfectly for this site. The entire webpage feels less like an online store, and more like a high end fashion magazine. The beautiful photos of all kinds of women scattered through the site are both inspiring and on brand.

5. Allbirds

Allbirds is unique through and through. There are bright, youthful colors accompanied with fun typography. Throughout the webpage there are moving illustrations and little video clips. There all kinds of different multimedia techniques used to make the site standout.

6. KUTOA

Along with well-placed images of their product, the text for this online shop tells you immediately what it’s all about: “Buy a bar. Feed a child.” The company’s name means “to give” in Swahili so buying a bar means you're helping too.

7. JM&SONS

Hand-crafted woodworks and metal from Toronto are displayed in this manly but well-kept page. You can get a Murphy Bench, coffee stand, and wallet in one purchase. Well lit photos and text make it easy find what you're looking for.

8. Mahabis

The Mahabis brand is the essence of chill. The website matches the brands relaxed, simple, and chill vibes. Lifestyle photos scattered throughout the site beautifully display the slippers. Mahabis uses subtle marketing and definite branding to draw in more customers.

9. Pure Cycles

Cycle through this page to see classic and modern bicycles. The site has clever sayings such as “Slip through your city like a shadow. Your perfect urban commuter is right here” which makes it an enjoyable experience when searching for your next bike and they let you know it by displaying their “4.6 Customer Review” rating in the bottom right corner. Everything you need is on one page.

10. Leather Head Sports

As soon as you enter this site you have a chance to enter and win a football for being a subscriber. Making “beautiful, heirloom quality sporting goods” is what the company’s owner says is his passion and it is apparent with the vintage-looking custom made baseballs, gloves, footballs, basketballs and many more sporting goods.

11. Greats

This high-quality affordable sneaker was born as the first sneaker brand of Brooklyn, New York. Greats’ site draws you in by offering free shipping on all orders $75+ and when you refer a friend they will get $25 off their first order, and you'll get $25 when they make a purchase.

12. Eye Heart World

A company with a strong purpose requires a bold website. Eye Heart World is all about bringing awareness and fundraising to end sex trafficking. The website is equal parts descriptive and eye catching.

13. BITTERMILK

Bittermilk is a shop for those needing a more fun cocktail. It’s a line of cocktail mixers that are made for cocktail enthusiasts by bartenders with real ingredients. The page is inviting with pictures of “The craftsmen and their parlor tricks” along with text at the end of the page linking you to the shops' social media pages and reminding you “This isn’t the bitter end.’’

14. Dropdead

Dropdead is a clothing store for the non-conformist in you. It sales shirts that say “dropdead” and “IDC” so if you want to be different and look different, this site is for expressing your thoughts through fashion.

15. The Colossal Shop

Have you ever thought to yourself, “I’d like to wear that art.” The Colossal Shop is allowing you to do that with its “wearable art” that includes Andy Warhol-inspired earrings and a silver pasta necklace. This site is dedicated to fun and creativity.

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16. Leif

Leif is all about adding a touch of beauty to your everyday living. From using a marble serving board to a color-weave storage bin, this online shop will bring out the homemaker in anyone. Live your best Leif.

17. Beardbrand

With the birth of the Lumbersexual beards is as popular as ever. Beardbrand takes advantage of that popularity by bringing in high-quality products (oils, balms, shampoos, etc,.) for beardsmen and using natural products. All while changing how society views the beard.

18. Seedlip

Seedlip focuses heavily on the uniqueness of the business and story behind the drinks. The actual products are displayed further down the homepage. This is an interesting marketing technique, when done correctly can drive immense traffic.

19. UPPERCASE

If you like the attention to detail, typography, and creativity jam-packed in one publication, UPPERCASE Magazine is for you.  The magazine uses high-quality paper and printing, a unique design aesthetic and incredible attention to detail to spark curiosity in the creative and curious minds of its readers.

20. Best Made Co

From Japanese quilted blankets to jackets and knives, this company lives through you by encouraging people “to get outside, reconnect with their hands and nature, and in doing so, embark on a life of great adventure.”

21. Tessemae's All Natural

This company’s goal is to improve access to healthy foods and life-practices in our country’s food deserts through their “Crop Circles” initiative.  By using their platform of selling dressings, dips, spices and dietary products, Tessemae is helping poor economic areas across the country.

22. Negative Underwear

To help women feel confident in their own bodies is the company's goal. The online site lets women take a fit quiz to find out what size and style you are to best suit your needs and free shipping on orders of $100+ helps as does free shipping on returns.

23. Bremont

This British luxury watchmaker is an award-winning brand that engineers top-quality chronometers. It produces about 8,000-10,000 pieces annually. Clocking how much money it will make after last year's $14 million revenue, is anyone’s guess.

24. Watch Outfitter

Unlike its competition above, this watchmaking company was started by a 17-year-old who had a knowledge of watches and passion for jewelry.  The watches are outsourced from within the U.S., Asia and Europe.

25. Flex

Flex is an alternative to tampons that allows the wearer to have sex while on their period.  This product also lasts up to 12 hours, reduces cramps in 70 percent of its users and has 60 percent less waste than tampons.

26. Nerdwax

If your glasses constantly slip off your face, this company was made for you. Nerdwax is an all-natural and organic beeswax specifically formulated to keep your glasses on your face. The company rejected two offers from Shark Tank and is growing rapidly.

27. Muroexe

Muroexe is classic and clean. It features all the basic design features, but is not a basic website. The shoes are displayed in a neat minimal grid making it easy for customers to browse. Overall the site is very aesthetically pleasing.

28. Happiness Abscissa

This product reflects your sense of happiness. As the owners describe the product  “The Ha is a subjective scale that incorporates neurobiology and sensory elements that can be optimized to improve one’s sense of well-being.” In short, pleasant scents make happy memories.

29. Field Notes

GameKlip sells game controllers for smartphones (normally used for the PlayStation 3) and has been featured on ABC News and Gizmodo. This product is a hit because the company knows how hard it is for gamers to use touch settings on classic games, such as Grand Theft Auto.

30. Master and Dynamic

If you need high-quality sound at all times this product is for you. Not only do they sell headphones that rival its competitor (Beats by Dre). Master and Dynamic believe the sound is movement and it aims to please, with a balance of aesthetics, strength, comfort, and sound which is they say is  “designed for decades of use.”

31. Studio Neat

Studio Neat designs tools that help people solve problems in an innovative way. From an iPhone tripod to a syrup kit, the company uses Kickstarter to fund their product ideas.

32. The Ghostly Store

The store sells all sorts of things, from leather wallets and coffee beans to art prints and vinyl records. All their products seem to have the same ghost logo on them and the company is set on serving those “with open eyes and open ears.”

33. Of Mercer

Of Mercer is all about balance and that shines through in their products and in their website design. There is a perfect ratio between white space, photos, and copy. Of Mercer strays from any obnoxious and over the top design elements to create a sleek site.

34. Oi Polloi

This item is so popular that upon entry into the website you are asked for your email (to be notified when it is back in stock). Many people visit just to view the beautifully designed web-store. But Trunkster is the world’s first and only roll top suitcase which features a zipperless entry, USB charger, location tracking and a digital scale.

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35. Hem

Hem has a modern layout that matches its products, which includes: furniture, rugs, lighting and more home and office accessories. It is one of the top Shopify stores in terms of appearance.

36. Mignon

A small online boutique that was born as kitchen goods retailer, Mignon, which has expanded to sell items such as of housewares and party provisions is now a top example of how a Shopify store should look.

37. Wrightwood Furniture

This furniture store offers a wide range of industrial and contemporary furniture.  The company makes 12 percent of its revenue from its Shopify store.

38. Cookbook Village

Originally sold on eBay, Cookbook Village is now successfully thriving on Shopify. According to the site, after years of collecting with his wife and browsing through hundreds of ebook stores for cookbooks, the idea sparked to turn the cookbooks into profits.

39. Pipcorn

For $20 you can have a bag of “the most tender, crunchy, delicious popcorn you’ll ever have.” The initial Shark Tank investment for this mini-popcorn was $200k in 2013. In 2014 the company made $800k in revenue, making it one of the hottest Shopify stores around.

40. Sugarfina

Sugarfina is a luxury candy boutique that Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg uses as a gift vendor. This partnership helped the company make over $100,000 in revenue the first year.

41. Press London

This company manufactures delicious, healthy, cold-pressed juices and helps people enjoy a refreshing drink while getting their daily nutrition.

42. Frank Body

Frank Body is cute and girly, yet sophisticated. The packaging and website both feature funny and witty sayings. The webpage is just downright fun to look at and read. If you’re looking for a way to catch the customers attention, this is a great example.

43. Gymshark

Gymshark has grown from a teenager owned screen printing operation (in a garage), into one of the most recognizable brands in fitness. With over two million followers on Instagram, the brand has a big social media following as well.

44. Sunday Somewhere

This premium eyewear brand has reached world recognition by focusing on quality, simplicity, and originality for its strategy.  The site is smoothly designed and easy to navigate as well.

45. SoYoung Inc

This company’s line of bags for both moms and their children, earns 25 percent of its revenue, from their online Shopify stores. The website has a wide variety of different collections for adults, kids, and babies.

46. Khara Kapas

Kharakapas means “pure cotton” and this company sells hand-made products which are produced locally in India but are shipped worldwide. You can take a piece of India wherever you go.

47. Triangl

Triangl makes affordable, simple and sporty swimwear, for women. The company made $5 million the first year and followed that by $25 million the second year.

48. HELM Boots

HELM Boots crafts handmade leather boots with pride and purpose. The boot-retailer sells casual shoes, boots, and work boots which have garnered the attention of celebrities like  Ben Affleck and Kevin Bacon.

49. Ugmonk

Ugmonk is a clothing designers dream. The company started with only 200 shirts and blew up into a major clothing and printing brand. The company’s success took off with the release of Ugmonk’s signature design, And Then I Woke Up, which remains one of the best-selling designs.

50. WP+Standard

WP+Standard a.ka. Whipping Post won Shopify’s Design Award in 2013 which gave it major exposure across the globe. This website is an example of a well-designed Shopify store becoming successful off of most design schemes.

51. Pencil by FiftyThree

Pencil by FiftyThree is the most natural and expressive way to create on iPad and iPhone for artists and writers. This site uses simple but well-designed navigational features and is explained with graphics and illustration with a simple down-scroll of your mouse pad.

52. CORKCICLE

Corkcicle is classic with an edge. At first glance it looks like a classic website, but after further discovery the uniqueness shines through. They avoid using any big drop down menus at the top of the page like usual, instead the menu is hidden at the bottom of the page.

53. Nice Laundry

One unique design element on Nice Laundry’s site is the constantly updating recycled number right on the homepage. Nice Laundry is a fun twist on boring socks and underwears, as well as recycling. This is a perfect example of on online store with a greater purpose.

54. The Horse

Utilizing your Instagram feed right on your websites homepage is a great way to drive more traffic. The Horse does an excellent job of first introducing their products and then allowing the customer to shop their Instagram. This creates more of a lifestyle feel.

55. Jackie Smith

Jackie Smith was founded with a rebellious spirit and the website follows suit. It’s vibraint and cutting edge. The bright colors and flashy design elements seem to pop right off the screen.

56. Taylor Stitch

“Fake Tattoos by Real Artists Shipped with love from Brooklyn, NY” This online shop knows tattoos are popular but permanent, so it provided a place for those of you who want a temporary tattoo from real artists (or a custom-made ink). The sleek site shows tattoo options which are scented and long lasting.

57. 49th Parallel Coffee

When you think of coffee shops, you often think of hip chill hang outs. 49th Coffee’s website has this exact same feel. It’s essential to have cohesive branding and this is a great example.

58. Super Team Deluxe

Super Team Deluxe webpage is about as unique as they come. They sell limited edition enamel pins. The pins are all displayed right on the landing page. One fun design element is when the customer hovers over a pin, a changing rainbow border pops up. It’s fun and different.

59. Ksubi

Ksubi takes a completely different approach on the traditional homepage header. Instead of using one photo or even a slider, it uses a flashy video. It’s fast moving and electric feeling. The entire site is edgy and peculiar.

60. Flatspot

Flatspot is an independent skate shop, stocked with all kinds of shoes, clothing, and brands. Its an online shop, but also a lifestyle. There is also a blog feature which adds more depth.

That’s the list of best Shopify stores from us.

Feeling inspired?

Now that’s definite proof that you can make it big on Shopify with great design, UX and a bit of marketing smartness.

Do you have any stores running on Shopify that you love?

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