Verdict from +100 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Several reviewers stated that they love the comfort of the Etnies Czar skate shoe.
  • Its affordability makes the Etnies Czar extra attractive to some buyers.
  • A couple of reviewers said that this is one of the best pair of Etnies shoes they ever owned.
  • At least one reviewer appreciated that Etnies made a size 15 for this shoe.
  • Lots of Etnies fans were delighted when the brand re-released and brought back this iconic shoe. Some felt nostalgic as they used to own a pair as a kid.
  • Some skaters claimed that the Etnies is one of the best skate shoes ever created.
  • The shoe fits nicely, per some reviewers.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some reviewers disliked that the Etnies Czar has too much padding.
  • At least one reviewer mentioned that he is not a fan of the minor upgrades made on this re-release like the different sole. He favored the original version more.
  • Many believed that the Etnies Czar skate shoes deserve additional colorways.

Bottom line

Guaranteed to improve skate performance, the Etnies Czar features the right amount of padding, reinforcements on high wear areas, double-stitched outsole, multi-directional flex grooves tread, and other skate-ready specs.

It released as part of the Etnies ICONS collection as it is a reissue of a classic silhouette from the brand's archive. Its comeback made lots of Etnies loyalists nostalgic and pleased at the same time. The Czar skate shoe, though equipped with modernized minor design upgrades, remains a top favorite of many because of its overall performance and old-school appeal.  

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Good to know

The Etnies Czar is a low-top skate shoe with sizes available for men from 5 to 15, half sizes included, in D Standard or Medium width. No need to size up or down because it runs true to size. Also, worry not about getting support and protection whether skateboarding or not as this shoe offers sufficient padding all throughout especially around the collar. A standard lace-up closure is utilized for a secure and customizable fit.

With the reissue of the Etnies Czar, Etnies not only brought back an old-school style of skate shoes. It also gave a nostalgic feel to its longtime fanatics.

The Czar is one of the brand’s classic styles that rose to fame in the ‘90s skateboarding scene. The reissue stayed true to its original form with a chunky exterior given by the right amount of padding all throughout. Old-school, indeed, the Czar looks best when paired with a casual get up like basic shorts or jeans and a shirt or hoodie.

One way to describe the Etnies Czar is that it is a mid-puff skate shoe that offers both style and performance. Explicitly designed to withstand every wear and tear of skateboarding, it features a sturdy and breathable suede/mesh upper with plenty of padding and double-stitched reinforcements all throughout. The outsole, on the other hand, features deep multi-directional flex grooves on the forefoot tread and a double Strobel stitching on the outsole sidewall.

Etnies is a top player in the skate shoe industry alongside Vans, Supra, and DC among others. It was founded in 1986 in France and became owned and managed by former professional skateboarder Pierre-Andre Senizergues three years later. It was initially named as “Ethnics” but had to change its name to Etnies due to legal reasons. Currently, the popular skate shoe brand is based in Lake Forest, California and a subsidiary of Sole Technology, Inc.

Paying homage to the brand’s heritage, Etnies released the Etnies ICONS Collection in 2018 after digging deep into its archive. The ICONS Collection includes four of the most iconic and timeless styles – the Lo-Cut, the Calli-cut, the Senix Lo, and the Czar. These four are considered the foundation that made Etnies a staple footwear brand in different skate communities up to this day. Through this collection, the brand stayed true to its mission of providing innovative and skate-ready footwear to skaters by skaters.

The Etnies Czar first released in 1998 and immediately rose to popularity with its signature chunky appearance and performance-focused features. The mid-puff, low-top construction made it an ideal skate shoe for most, and the 2018 re-issue is no different as it remained faithful to this original form and profile. The Czar features plenty of padding around the tongue and collar, deep multi-directional flex grooves on the forefoot tread, double Strobel stitching on the outsole sidewall, and TPR toe cap underlay.

Some colorways of the Etnies Czar include White/Grey/Navy, Grey/White/Orange, and Navy/Grey.

  • The Etnies Czar features a Foam Lite 1 insole for added in-shoe comfort, a midsole egg-crate construction, and a TPR toe cap underlay.
  • Etnies brandings are visible on the tongue, heel, and insoles.


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