Verdict from +100 user reviews

10 reasons to buy

  • A significant number of shoe users find pleasure in the Etnies Fader as it is very comfortable.
  • A few reviewers with foot problems swear by this pair as, according to them, it efficiently relieves pain.
  • It is available in a multitude of colorways.
  • Most purchasers commended the kick's materials and construction for being well made.
  • The style of this sneaker suits a wide selection of ensembles and age range.
  • Several loyal users of the Fader mentioned how they never use other sneakers for many years. Some added that as long as the shoe is in production, they will continue wearing it.
  • A good number of users who do extreme sports like BMX and skateboard prefer this sneaker due to its grippy outsole, durability, and great board feel.
  • Some reviewers who use it as a casual shoe shared that it lasted them multiple years before it wore out.
  • Majority of the purchasers found the Etnies Fader to fit true to size.
  • At $65, a lot of buyers find this kick to be an excellent product with great value for money.

1 reasons not to buy

  • A few commenters didn’t like that it gets dirty quickly.

Bottom line

The Etnies Fader is one of the brand's longest-running shoe models, and it has gained a loyal following throughout its shelf life. Designed for skate performance, the Etnies Fader boasts of excellent durability, impact protection, and old-school skate style that naturally resonated well with skaters. But its superb comfort, superior craftsmanship, versatility and reasonable price are what captured most of the consumers' interest and the reasons behind five-star ratings in most of the reviews.

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Good to know

Founded by two French designers in 1986, Etnies is a skate company and was initially called "Etnics," which was derived from the word Ethnic as a nod to skate culture. After a few years, the brand had to change its name due to legal issues.

In 1989, a former professional skateboarder named Pierre André who was nearing the end of his career took charge of the company. This acquisition made Etnies the very first skateboard shoe company to be owned by a pro skateboarder.

Today the brand is based in California and falls under one of Sole Technology's subsidiaries. Although owned by another company, Etnies is still running under the watchful eyes of Pierre André. To this day, Etnies remains popular amongst skateboarders and loyal fans for their consistently comfortable and durable footwear. They are known for ungimmicky shoe technologies that provide protection, performance, comfort, and style. Moreover, their inventory now includes an extensive collection of apparel and accessories.

One of the many skate shoes in their roster is the Etnies Fader, one of the longstanding shoe models of the brand. It has been reinterpreted in countless iterations and is known to work well as a casual shoe and even better as tough skate kick. Check it out in different colorways to complement your every mood and look.

Displaying a low-top profile, the Etnies Fader is indeed a head turner thanks to its bulky silhouette with oversized logo detailing. With its old-school skate style, skater and non-skaters alike enjoy rocking it for various activities. Pair it with oversized pants and a plaid button-down shirt for that retro skater look or opt for joggers and hoodies for an all-out sporty ensemble.

The Etnies Fader is exclusively available in men’s sizes that range from 5 to 15. Ladies who fancy a pair should go 1.5 sizes down from their standard shoe size. Its collar and tongue are abundantly cushioned for added comfort. This kick fits true to size.

Longtime Etnies and skate fans will instantly recognize the Fader's retro silhouette with the oversized trademark logo of the brand integrated into the upper's heel area.

  • Two ventilation holes combined with the tongue's mesh material provide improved breathability.
  • It features a 300 NBS outsole that offers excellent flexibility without cracking. NBS is the density and abrasion resistance rating given to rubber with 400 being the highest.
  • It has an egg crate midsole construction for great board feel and added flexibility.
  • Its insoles are made from die-cut EVA material.
  • The Fader also comes in Vulc, Fader 2, Metal Mulisha, LS, and 1.5 iterations.


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