Size and fit

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.

Etnies Fader 2 Style

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.

Notable Features

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 Fader 2 History

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.

Additional Info

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


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