Verdict from 36 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • Most reviewers agreed that the Etnies Barrage SC are comfortable sneakers. One person described the shoes as providing “extreme comfort” while another commended the padding on the innersoles.
  • These low-top shoes are lightweight according to a significant number of testers. They added that the kicks felt so light you will barely remember you have them on.
  • The Barrage SC sneakers received praises from some people for having a clean and minimalist style.
  • One person noted that the shoes felt amazing when used for driving.
  • The quality of the Etnies Barrage SC sneakers is tops according to a few consumers.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Several purchasers reported that the Etnies Barrage SC low-tops run small. They recommended going a half to a full size higher when buying a pair.
  • A few people felt that the shoes were too warm. They said the sneakers made the feet sweat.
  • The bottoms of the low-top Etnies shoes are thin and are not ideal for skating, a handful of buyers noted. They also mentioned that the soles wore out quickly.

Bottom line

The words ‘extreme comfort’ have been used by reviewers to describe Etnies Barrage SC kicks. Foam outsoles and midsoles provide a lightweight yet enduring comfort for pleasurable wear. Backed up by clean styling, these kicks deserve a place in anyone’s wardrobe.

The shoes feel warm on the feet, a plus during colder weather, but can be a downside during the warm season. They also run small. Although Etnies is primarily a skating brand, these kicks are geared more for casual use rather than sports because of their thin soles.

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Good to know

The Etnies Barrage is a men’s silhouette that is available in sizes ranging from 5 to 15. Some half sizes are offered as well. The shoes run small so potential buyers may need to go up a half size to a full size bigger to get the right fit. Women who would like to snag themselves a pair of these kicks should go down a half size smaller than their regular shoe size. (Men’s shoe sizes are generally bigger than women’s by a size and a half, but since these kicks run small, women may just need to go down a half size smaller.)

These lifestyle kicks are great for wearing around town or visiting your mates, but of course, they’ll always look good when worn skater-style. Pair them with light blue jeans, a black shirt, and a plaid shirt worn on top. Or match with slim black jeans and a fitted grey sweatshirt.

High-wearing comfort combined with minimalist style best describes the Etnies Barrage SC. The shoes are packed with Etnies’ technologies to make simply wearing them a joy for the feet. STI EVOLUTION midsoles provide shock absorption and comfort while STI EVOLUTION foam outsoles give the sneakers durability while keeping them lightweight. Foam Lite 1 insoles keep feet fully cushioned.

The Etnies brand was launched in 1986 and was originally named Etnics before being renamed as Etnies due to legal issues. Pierre André Sénizergues later took over the helm of the company which made Etnies the first skating company to be owned by a pro skateboarder. The brand is now a subsidiary of Sénizergues’ Sole Technology which also owns éS and Emerica, two other skateboarding brands.

The Etnies brand is a recipient of tech researched under the Sole Technology Institute (STI), the world’s first biomechanical research organization which is solely dedicated to skateboarding. This is in line with Sénizergues’ vision of advanced technology, excellent design, and superior function and comfort for all brands under the umbrella of the Sole Technology Corp. Etnies is also quite known for environmentally-conscious policies and for their large vegan shoe collection which includes the Barrage SC.

Made with synthetic uppers and water-based adhesives, the Etnies Barrage SC fully conforms to the brand’s environmentally-aligned focus. The shoe is extremely lightweight yet durable, designed to provide superior performance in any given activity.

  • The Etnies Barrage SC weighs a lightweight 198.44 grams per shoe.
  • The low-top sneakers contain a fully-lined lycra spandex interior.


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