The best Shopify Themes for 2021
Have you decided to use Shopify as the platform for your e-commerce? If the answer is still “no”, you should learn more on the numerous benefits that Shopify can give you for creating your e-commerce. If you have already decided, instead, and you are going to take off, this is the right place for you.
I have collected a list of the best performing and well-designed themes of 2020 that I have found on the web. Honestly, know that a lot of free themes exist, but even the possibility to instruct a software developer to design your own theme.
In this article, I want to you show you some good middle grounds: paid themes, at a reasonable price, by means of which you can manage a store professionally. This is not a finished list, hence, I strongly recommend you also do your researches. However, bear in mind my mantra: the difference is in the magic letters S.P.A. (Service, Product, Assistance). If you are eager to know more about it, read this.
Here are my recommendations on the best Shopify themes. If you have any suggestion, please let me know and I will add them. 🙂
10 Best Shopify Themes + 1 Bonus (read until the end)
1 – Wokiee
Wookie is certainly none of my discovery: it has been voted as the best Shopify theme on ThemeForest. The most appreciated feature is its flexibility, which makes it perfect for both a new store and a well-established one. It is surely important to be able to count on a theme that scales your business, right?
Wokiee has many styles and layouts to customize your store according to your taste, without spending an enormous amount of money on developing a personalized theme. Wokiee includes a management systems for the contents, that allows you to change any detail even without having technical skills.
2 – Ella
Despite being a 6-year old Shopify theme, Ella still rides the wave. It is a theme that adapts to every business and releases monthly numerous “child” themes ready-to-use.
One of its strong points is the use of banners and blocks to highlight the products and promote the sales. Plus, one of the aspects which the developers of Ella focused on the most is the mobile experience: the theme fits, indeed, the mobile screen and makes the customer’s experience more enjoyable.
3 – Fastor
Fastor is an affordable theme and, maybe for this reason, also quite popular. It was the best-selling theme in 2019. One of the main worries of Fastor is providing a series of free apps to manage easily some fundamental aspects, as the metafield and the Facebook and Whatsapp integrations.
Fastor is also able to handle multiple currencies, cross- and up-selling, discounts and sales banners, 360-degree visuals of the products and other advanced functionalities to give your Shopify store a very professional look.
4 – Porto
Porto is so much more than a Shopify theme, in fact, it is a real package of features that can give your Shopify store a boost. It offers more than 20 demos for stores operating in different industries, with styles and layouts from which customize your store and make it unique.
In addition to the functional and aesthetically pleasing experience, Porto focuses on management tools for your contents which are easy-to-use and intuitive. For example, you can change the navigation mode, the contents, the images, the products, the collections and many other details rapidly.
5 – Shella
The message is clear: do you want a super quick and performing website? Shella is what you are looking for. Not only it is fast in showing the site to your users, but also wants to help you be fast in the creation of your ideal store. At the beginning, you are provided with 100+ ready-to-use pages and many advanced features that the other themes do not offer.
For example, Shella prides on having a really efficient collection filtering system. Like many other themes, it pays a lot of attention to the integration with the most popular Shopify apps, including Oberlo to ease the creation of dropshipping websites.
6 – Kala
Kala focuses on simplicity. Not in the sense that everything has to be “standard”, but in the sense of creating unique well-designed combinations. Kala provides a large amount of ready-to-use sections, which you can modify and customize to make your store captivating and pleasing for your audience.
Of course, Kala pays great attention to the responsiveness, the promotion (with well-visible banners) and the products configuration, including the complementary products to help your customers find the most similar items to the ones that they are observing.
7 – Gecko
Gecko is a modern theme with a very minimal look. As in the majority of themes out there, it suits for every merchandising category, but has chosen to place itself in the niche of clothing and stores that bring traffic from the Instagram.
Gecko offers many advanced features but keeps the focus on mobile; indeed, it offers a quick and easy integration with the Instagram feed, a function to create a modern and fascinating lookbook, a link with your Instagram page to sell your products directly and so far more.
8 – Electro 5.0
As in the name, Electro has specialized in stores that sell electronic articles and tech gadgets in general. As always, it is possible to selle anything by using this theme, but its focus makes it more suitable for certain specific product niches.
Electro provides some ready-to-use demo stores to create your store quickly. Moreover, it allows you to personalize all sections in each page, not only in the home. With a few control tools, you can customize your store in every detail and make it unique, fast and performing.
LINK: Electro 5.0
9 – Basel
Basel can be described in three words: minimal, easy, friendly. In a very few clicks, you can personalize the theme to sell anything as you want.
Basel offers many optimized sub-categories for different product typologies, in addition to some standard layouts to start from, in order to build your store. Even with no technical skill, you can create an easy-to-navigate website and provide advanced and performing research functionalities.
10 – Handy
Handy is the last of my list, but it is growing rapidly, also due to the recurring updates that its development team is bringing to life. The main focus is on providing a series of ready-to-use demo websites to optimize the store building step.
Handy includes some default appications that allow you to manage many different aspects of your shop (from the wishlist to the cart optimization) without spending hundreds or thousands of money on apps to integrate next.
Please, do not hate me, this section is not a smoke and mirrors. It is something that I believe in and I want to give you my honest point of view. As all the businesses, an e-commerce is serious stuff, doing it by using Shopify, other platforms, custom websites, or whatsoever. However, you must not make the mistake of focusing too much on tools, themes, apps etc.
My advice is to begin with the essential: go wrong, measure, optimize and try again. There are no stores able to take off in a day; and if they happen to exist, it is thanks to a person that has made mistakes with other 10 stores/products/strategies before. Hence, my tip: do not stop at the building stage. Think, do, test and change. Utilize a lean approach that allows you to make a mistake, learn from it and build a performing store.