Verdict from +100 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Many reviewers liked how comfortable the Etnies Dory shoes are.
  • Some reviewers said that these Etnies shoes fit perfectly on foot.
  • The Etnies Dory men’s shoes are stylish and good-looking, according to heaps of reviewers.
  • The quality of this shoe is top-notch as observed by most buyers.
  • A couple of wearers were pleased with the lightness of this low-top from Etnies.
  • The Dory shoes from Etnies are a great value for money, per several buyers.
  • Buyers have lots of colorway options for this shoe.

3 reasons not to buy

  • One complaint about the Etnies Dory shoes is their long laces.
  • Another user mentioned that the soles of this Etnies shoe are a bit soft.
  • Some Etnies Dory reviews stated that it is not breathable or airy enough.

Bottom line

Not your typical-looking Etnies skateboarding shoe, the Etnies Dory flaunts a boat-shoe inspired design that could easily level up anyone’s style game from sun up to sun down.

Besides this versatile and sleek look is a spot-on comfort, lightness, and fit that further impressed its wearers. Although some disliked how unnecessarily long its laces are, or how it lacks ventilation, the majority of purchasers were still in awe of the Dory’s top-notch quality and performance.

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Good to know

The Etnies Dory is a men’s shoe with sizes available from US 5 to 14 in D Standard or Medium width, half sizes included. The collar and tongue are slightly padded for a lightweight ride, but overall hold and support are sufficient whether on or off the skateboard. A secure and adjustable fit is made possible, thanks to its lace-up system with five pairs of eyelets and flat cotton laces (which can also be rope-like for some colorways).

The Etnies Dory men’s shoes are a go-to casual shoe of many for a reason. Like most shoes from the brand, it offers a wide array of colorways so buyers would surely get one that suits his style best. Some colorways like the Etnies Dory black or the Etnies Dory brown offer the most versatility in styling as they go well with basically anything.

Not a typical skate shoe, the men’s Etnies Dory trainers display a boat-shoe inspired design with nautical details throughout. Its low-profile shape is equipped with leather laces around the collar, a borrowed element from boat shoes.

The Dory shoe may come from one of the leading skate shoe brands, but its appearance sure stands out from a sea of performance-based skate shoes of today. What made it unique is its nautical details that come straight out of a boat shoe, where its design inspiration was obviously taken. Its thin collar flaunts a distinguished leather lace that mimics a classic boat shoe.

The Etnies Dory men's trainers also feature a cork-lined Orthilite STI Foam Lite level 1 footbed as it is one of the latest models to join the brand's Buy a Shoe, Plant a Tree reforestation program.

One of today's leading skate shoe brand is Etnies. Founded in France in 1986 initially as "Ethnics," the brand also specializes in apparel and footwear for other extreme sports such as snowboarding, motocross, surfing, and BMX. Three years after its debut, Pierre-Andre Senizergues took over Etnies soon after he retired from playing the sport which made it the first ever skate shoe brand company owned and managed by a professional skateboarder. Currently, the brand is based in Lake Forest, California and a subsidiary of Sole Technology, Inc.

In 2011, Etnies launched its Buy a Shoe, Plant a Tree Program. It is a reforestation program that commenced with an initiative from CEO and Owner Pierre-Andre Senizergues of planting a tree in the Costa Rican rainforest for every pair of the Etnies Jameson 2 Eco shoes sold. In just five years, with the help of program-partner Trees for the Future, the program expanded across three different continents with over a million trees planted.

One of the latest Etnies shoes to join the brand’s Buy a Shoe, Plant a Tree Program is the Etnies Dory low-top shoes. It is a skate shoe that took design inspiration from a classic boat shoe which features a canvas upper, leather-laced collar, lace-up closure, reinforcements on high wear areas, and a cupsole construction. Several renditions of the Etnies Dory include the Etnies Dory SC and the Etnies Dory SMU.

  • The Etnies Dory low-top shoe features a sturdy canvas upper.
  • The eyelets are of metal material for improved durability.
  • Another skate-ready feature is the double-stitched toe and Ollie areas. The midsole is also stitched.
  • Also featured is an Etnies signature STI Evolution cup sole construction.
  • Different Etnies brandings are displayed on the tongue and sidewall.


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