Verdict from +100 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • A very good number of people who reviewed the Etnies Fader 2 found the shoes comfortable. They mentioned that the sneakers had good cushioning all around and provided great impact protection.
  • A lot of users commended the low-top sneakers’ fit regarding width which they described as “spot on.”
  • Plenty of purchasers liked the rounded shape of the shoes which allows them to fit closer to the toes “without smushing them.” The round toes also give better board feel than pointy-ended skate kicks.
  • The quality of the Etnies Fader 2 sneakers got praised by several buyers who marveled at the “clean seams, impeccable surface, and all-around good workmanship of the shoe.”
  • The low-top shoes are reasonably priced and worth every penny, according to some consumers.
  • A few customers reported that the casual kicks are lightweight.
  • Two individuals noted how durable the lifestyle shoes are. One of them mentioned how his kicks lasted for ages even when put through a ton of walking.
  • A couple of guys stated how “cool” the colorways available for the sneakers are.
  • One person reported that the Etnies Fader 2 kicks are warm and resistant to rain.

1 reasons not to buy

  • Two people stated that the Etnies Fader 2 shoes run small.

Bottom line

Skate in style and comfort with Etnies’ Fader 2 shoes. These kicks are extremely cushioned to protect your feet from nasty bumps and jarring impacts while skating. The rounded shape of the shoes provides ample space for the toes while giving excellent board feel. Impeccable workmanship can be seen throughout, from the choice of material down to the stitching and seams.

Far from being expensive, these are actually quite competitively-priced. They’re also lightweight, warm, and very sturdy. The only downside to these sneakers is that they run small.

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Good to know

The Etnies Fader 2 is designed for men but can be enjoyed by women as well. The sizes offered for this model range from 5 to 15, including half sizes. The fit runs small, according to a few reviewers, so future buyers may need to remember to size up when buying. Women who appreciate the style of these kicks have to note that there is a 1.5 size difference between men’s and women’s foot sizes. A 5 in men would be equivalent to a 6.5 in women’s although since these kicks run small, they may be able to get away with just going down one full size.

Regular laces provide a secure and adjustable fit while padded collars and tongues ensure comfort.

Rock these kicks the skater way by pairing the low-top sneakers with a plain-hued tee, a plaid cotton shirt to be worn on top, and dark chinos. Choose an Etnies Fader 2 colorway that would pop or contrast against the shade of your shirt to draw the eyes to your amazing shoes. Jeans with rolled up bottoms would do just as great.

The Etnies Fader 2 is geared for the fearless skater who is not afraid to try new tricks or take their game to the next level. The shoes offer remarkable cushioning through heavily padded collars and tongues, and their cupsole construction not only provides durability and excellent shock absorption, but they also protect against foot overextension. The 300 NBS rubber outsoles ensure maximum grip on the board while the STI Foam Lite 1 insoles give enhanced comfort.

Etnies was founded in 1986, but it wasn’t until pro skateboarder Pierre André Sénizergues signed on as a designer and later, as owner, that the brand became quite known. Originally known as Etnics, the company changed its name to Etnies due to legal issues.

The Etnies brand falls under Sénizergues’ Sole Technology umbrella, which also owns éS and Emerica, and is a major force to reckon with in skateboarding circles. One of the company’s previously released silhouettes, the Fader, became extremely popular due to its generously padded tongues and collars, and beefy skate shoe build that is opposite the trending minimalist designs today. The Fader 2 followed the same construct as the original Fader but changed the egg-crate midsole build of the previous model to an STI Foam Lite 1 midsole.

  • The Etnies Fader 2 contains nubuck uppers reinforced with double stitches and interiors lined with breathable mesh.


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