Size and fit

The sleek profile of the Etnies Fader Vulc assures of a snug fit to last all day in spite of the thin padding on the tongue and collar. The classic-inspired kick that is part of the Future Heritage Collection of the brand is only available in men’s sizes and medium width. Men’s US sizes range from size 5 to 15 with half-size options.

Etnies Fader Vulc Style

A modern look for the classic Etnies Fader sneaker is long overdue. The low-top shoe has a slimmer profile and synthetic materials for a fresh and fashionable update. The shades of black, gray, white and other neutral colorways allow one to experiment on their looks. Wear these sneakers with loose shorts for a longboarding ride with friends or head to a BMX exhibition at the nearest park with your best pals.

The smooth synthetic material in the upper comprised of textile and suede elements give this sneaker a modern feel with a throwback appeal that most skateboarders and any casual sneaker loving individual likes. Wear them with shorts or slim pants and a hoodie and cap for that street-style skater look that is up for some severe damage on their boards.

Notable Features

The updated look on the classic Fader silhouette is probably the main strength of the Etnies Fader Vulc. The modern design has synthetic uppers comprising of textile and suede as compared to the all-suede finish of the OG version. The low-top skate-inspired sneaker boasts of a vulcanized construction, a 300 NBS stitched rubber outsole, and herringbone pattern soles for superior grip. Lastly, it has elastic tongue straps that keep the feet and everything in the shoe in place.

Etnies Fader Vulc History

The Etnies Fader Vulc takes design inspirations from the bestselling Etnies Fader which has been in the portfolio of the brand since the company was founded in the 1980s. The footwear brand operates its headquarters at Lake Forest, California and owned by Sole Technology Inc.  Since it was established, the company has been releasing favorite skateboarding shoes and sponsoring professional skateboarders with their footwear.

Established in 1986 and owned by Pierre Andre Senizergues who took over then European brand after designing shoes like the Senix, Scam, Lo-Cut, and Low Top Rap, among other models. Senizergues eventually helped introduce the company as a skateboarding shoe brand by founding Sole Technology Inc. in the United States.

As part of the Future Heritage collection, the Etnies Fader Vulc was released with a revamped look for the Spring 2018 designs of the brand together with other classic models like the Etnies Fader, Etnies Cartel, Etnies Metal Mulisha Fader, and Etnies The Scam, among different iconic silhouettes from the famous skate shoe brand.

The Etnies Fader Vulc is a modern redesign of the classic skate shoe favorite. The classic silhouette is deconstructed and reassembled with newer materials and a slimmer profile. The design also has a thinner tongue and collar compared to the OG Fader. The shoe, however, retains the Etnies Fader paneling that is recognizable to most skaters who have witnessed the height of popularity of the Fader in its heydays with suede placed in high-abrasion parts for a better board flick.

Additional Info

  • The Etnies Fader Vulc has a die-cut Ethylene Vinyl Acetate removable insole that allows for customization by replacing them with orthotic inserts.
  • Herringbone pattern on the soles ensures superior grip and traction.
  • Elastic tongue-centering straps hold the shoe together and provide extra support.
  • A 300 NBS stitched rubber outsole lasts longer as it prevents the bottom from quickly wearing out due to abrasion.


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