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E-Commerce websites are often thought of as typically being unattractive or poorly designed. In this post we will feature 35 appealing designs of online shops. Those featured in this post include examples from a variety of different industries and showcase several different styles of design.

Throughout this showcase the most noticeable trend of well-designed e-commerce sites is the use of high-quality photos. Many of the sites use large images on the homepage, and product and model photography is always important for creating interest from visitors.

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Madsen Cycles

Madsen Cycles

Dripping In Fat

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Custom T-Shirts

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JAQK Cellars

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Weta Shop

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Uniqlo

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Myla

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Zoomii.com – The “Real” Online Bookstore

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Pure and Little

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Nixon

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Amazon Window Shop

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Behance Outfitter

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Opera Ma-Ge

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Struck Apparel

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Hot Sauce Emporium

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Ophelia Fancy

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One Horse Shy

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Onetribe

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Volkswagen

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Decoder

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Uppercase

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Rawlings

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Siege

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Crate and Barrel

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Brilla Mare

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Teapot.cl

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Free People Clothing Boutique

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Nicholas Deakins Clothing

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More of Me

More of Me

DSW

DSW

Closed

Closed

Soma Intimates

Soma Intimates

Fred Perry

Fred Perry

MANKINDdog

MANKINDdog

Brio

Brio

Martin + Osa

Martin + Osa

James Perse

James Perse

ShopRush

ShopRush

Clever Craft

Clever Craft

Burberry

Burberry

The Company Store

The Company Store

Rapha

Rapha

The Sak

The Sak

HelmetDress

HelmetDress

Dune

Dune

House of Fraser

House of Fraser

Nau

Nau

The Specials

The Specials

Lucky Brand Jeans

Lucky Brand Jeans

Schwans

Schwans

Bergdorf Goodman

Bergdorf Goodman

Buckle

Buckle

Roots

Roots

Pixie Market

Pixie Market

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Steven Snell is a Web designer and blogger. In addition to maintaining his own blog and writing for a number of other top design blogs, he also manages an online shop that offers premium graphic design resources.

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  1. 1

    Good collection – It really helps when products in your shop are attractive as well.

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    I must be a pervert.. When I glanced at the article I saw “Fresh” and the picture of the middle-aged woman and thought a feminine hygiene post?

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  3. 3

    “fresh and Well-designed” slow-loading, resource intensive, annoying

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  4. 4

    Nice collection of sites. Good photography plus attractive products can really make a design.

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  5. 5

    Most of the sites lack basic usability.

    Where do i click? Calls for action?

    Flash is nice, but Google killed it, especially for e-commerce.

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  6. 6

    Sure these examples look good but ecommerce isn’t about inventing a new interface and confusing the crap out of your visitors

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  7. 7

    Durrr I hate the flash b’cuz of the googlez and da usabilities r 2 confuzing… my Sitez are Good b’cuz they’re like templates and htmlz like and all the others on the interwebs.

    lame. lame. and lame. Some of these like the VW one are VERY nice.

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  8. 8

    Awesome selection and quite a bit of eye candy + as a bonus a few features I am looking forward to including in my carts soon. Most of the sites above are very feminine and that’s nice, considering that most of the recent “well designed” comparisons I saw, were absolutely hideous blog type design rehashes made by Nielsen loving developers.

    If I may – I’d like to add two more site to the collection – Little Catwalk and Composition. Hardly a “google economy” optimized stuff, but well worth watching with.

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  9. 9

    These sites look pretty, but why are they well-designed? To me, ‘well-designed’ means far more than just the looks of the site and encompasses the functionality and overall purpose of the site. Are they incredibly usable? Do they have a high-conversion percentage? If so, why? And if not, why not? If you’re interested in more on the topic, check out our series on A Checklist For Business Websites.

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  10. 10

    great post , thankx, smashing mag rocks!! =)

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  11. 11

    nice list, but what’s the shopping cart software behind these?
    can we get an article comparing shopping carts?
    thank you!

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  12. 12

    There is no particular reason why I chose to click on Ophelia Fancy, but once I so innocently did, I found the online store, and the whole site in general, to be quite poorly designed. Any site that immediately lists their whole catalog of on 15 consecutive long scrolling pages fails the user friendliness test by default. After all, UI design and HTML validity is the first thing on my mind when I visit a lingerie store website.

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    The word ‘Fresh’ irks me to no end. It’s the 21st century, not the 1990’s. We had a customer said her site wasn’t fresh enough, then showed us another web site that was super dull and boring, and said she liked that. The one we made was much nicer, better colors, but not so bright it was annoying…

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  14. 14

    Keep it simple. Keep it organized. And above all if I’m drunk I still should be able to navigate the cart and buy a product.

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    Yes – once again well designed here is well designed as a picture, static work of art. Not necessarily well designed as a shop, or when tasks or suitability is concerned. Some of those examples had good approach on products and their presentation as well – that goes beyond having big picture of it in aesthetically drawn front page.

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    Most of the designs in this article are great web designs, that’s a given, and some of them are even good e-commerce designs. But I agree that usability triumphs cool graphics. Flash sucks for SEO, which is uber-importante for e-commerce. You also have to take into consideration that most users have certain expectations of what the Add To Cart button will look like, what the shopping cart icon will look like etc. True genius is finding a way to mix it up and do something truly unique while still staying within user expectations. This is why we developers are charging $15,000 – $30,000 for full custom e-commerce sites these days. It is difficult to reach that balance.

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    This is off subject, but after reading all the posts i started thinking: Does beautiful and unique design really matter when it comes to e-commerce.

    I have an e-commerce website, and it took me two months to pick the right color scheme. Do customers really care if i use black or blue header? Maybe I was just designing it for myself.

    Do customers look for being entertained, or they simply want to buy a pair of black socks? Could striking visual design actually distract customers? I would love to see a study on that (there must be some out there).

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    Nearly every site featured in this post would fail for accessibility and usability. Still using images and javascript rollovers for navigation, how 5 years ago. I thought the target case changed all of that.

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    I would say these are all nice but not really “mainstream” … More like boutique shops. Have a look at this one. the filtering on the right hand side is fantastic. It is built usign the Shoptimized service that is going public in next month or so.

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    Republic.co.uk has a pretty nice/user friendly layout

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  21. 21

    Good Collection.
    Thanks Smash..

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    Hey, it would be cool to have a post about best software to make online stores.
    Cheers!

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    Many perfect examples where “design” is confused with “style” with terrible results.

    These sites have great style, but in nearly all the cases I tried out that style actually impeded my goal as a customer. Impeding the customer’s goals is not what our clients are paying us for.

    It so disappointing to see yet another design article that clearly doesn’t understand design.

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  24. 24

    Pretty cool, but what about an article comparing the best shopping carts out there?

    Also, I’m not really that impressed by all these designs, in my opinion they’re not all that great.

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    I think the funy part about this article is that a handful of those “good designs” are modified templates people can buy. Very recognizable with little changes. Reaching for material?

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    I agree with the other comments that some of these sites lack usability, etc. however the post is showing well designed online shops. I’m sure there is another post waiting to be written about the best SEO’d or most usable online shops but I don’t think this was the goal here. An online shop is meant to grab the users attention and play on their impulses and emotions to try and entice them to buy which on a basic level these do via their design, in an aesthetic sense, which can be comparable with window and instore displays of real shops.

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  27. 27

    These are some great, beautiful sites. I especially liked Siege, Madsen Cycles, and James Pearse. Really sharp. One ecommerce site that I have been admiring lately and has excellent photographs is endclothing.co.uk

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  28. 28

    nice list, but what’s the shopping cart software behind these?

    Custom solutions, I know one of them runs on Kohana

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    sellmates.co.nz is a bit different but pretty tidy. Agree that the balance between looking hot and achieving a great user experience can be tough, but crucial if you expect that the design is really going to drive growth.

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  30. 30

    Very nice collection! I’ve found this mass customization online-shop last week via twitter: woonio. I think the nike online shop is also very nice!

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