While our “original” set of themes — Responsive, Retina, Mobilia and Parallax (plus the newer Artisan) — will always have a special place in both our hearts and those of the merchants who use them, we’d be remiss to not mention two other powerhouses in our theme arsenal.
Turbo, which was first released in 2016, was the first Shopify theme Out of the Sandbox offered exclusively outside of the theme store.
This marked a milestone in Shopify theme development — because it allowed our design and development teams to explore new options and features, including many that can save merchants money by eliminating the need for certain third-party apps.
Flex, released in 2019, followed in Turbo’s footsteps in an even bigger way — by providing incredibly flexible design options unlike any other Shopify theme Out of the Sandbox has offered. Flex is also exclusively sold outside of the Shopify theme store, making it possible for it to feature advanced features that go above and beyond even the most advanced Shopify themes sold there.
Whether you’ve been using one of our “classic” themes or are totally new to Shopify or Out of the Sandbox, Turbo and Flex are packed with great features that make them a great choice for any store looking to grow (this also includes merchants who use Turbo and may be thinking about switching to Flex).
First, it’s worth pointing out that, while they are not sold in the official Shopify theme store, both Turbo and Flex are designed and developed by the same awesome team that created Responsive, Retina, Parallax, Mobilia and Artisan — which, combined, are some of the top selling Shopify theme store themes of all time.
Just like the creativity that fuels the passion behind so many Shopify theme stores, Flex and Turbo have also introduced advanced and extended features that often require our design and dev teams to think creatively and “outside” the box, if you will.
For example, creating multi-tag filtering (which is available in both Turbo and Flex), without requiring an app, required some innovative thinking between the entire Out of the Sandbox team.
All that said, making the switch to Turbo can have many advantages to your store:
While Turbo is a premium Shopify theme that’s terrific for stores of all types and sizes, stores that might want to consider making the switch include:
As mentioned, Flex is Out of the Sandbox’s latest release and brings a plethora of advanced design options and features that have never been offered in one of our Shopify themes.
Flex is a great Shopify theme for almost any store, but here’s a list of stores that might be a good candidate to consider switching.