Verdict from +100 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • Several skateboarders have good first impressions on the shoe as they identified the clean finish, fresh feel, and deconstructed look of the classic skateboarding sneaker as the main reason for longevity.
  • The thin padding on the tongue and collar allows several wearers to be more mobile and have a variety of movements.
  • A good number of wearers think the Etnies Fader Vulc sneaker has a better look than the OG Fader as its deconstructed look and slimmer profile makes it in tune with current styles in footwear.
  • Quite a lot of wearers praised the comfort of the low-top shoe despite its thinner padding in the collar and tongue.
  • The die-cut Ethylene Vinyl Acetate material at the insole has impressed many of the shoes’ wearers including online followers of the brand because it made the footbed feel cushioned and comfy.
  • A large number of commenters say the quality of the Etnies Fader Vulc sneaker is impeccable with no complaints in the finish, look, and feel of the redesigned classic.
  • Many users say they only trust Etnies sneakers when it comes to durability as their kicks last for months and years without breaking apart.
  • The classic Fader paneling at the front and toe caps and the 300 NBS stitched rubber outsole and reinforced toecaps did a lot in making this sneaker durable by enduring longer jumps, tricks, and stunts at the nearby skate park, one commenter stressed.
  • The die-cut Ethylene Vinyl Acetate insoles are comfortable and can easily be replaced with orthotic inserts for more support.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of users say they are bothered by the squeaky sounds coming from the shoe on the first few days of use.
  • Some buyers complained that the Etnies Fader Vulc did not last long before showing signs of tearing and holes on the upper compared to previous Etnies models.
  • A couple of commenters posted negative responses on the durability of the rubber soles as it did not hold onto the upper and eventually fell apart.
  • Users complained of feeling uncomfortable as the upper materials are not as breathable compared to other shoes.

Bottom line

The revamped look of the classic Fader sneaker brings a durable and lightweight skate-ready sneaker that is ready for the next ride. Take the Etnies Fader Vulc to a new board riding experience with its fantastic herringbone grip soles and synthetic suede upper that allows skaters and non-skaters the expertise to do a wide range of movements. The budget-friendly kick with a vulcanized construction in the top will enable one to feel lightweight comfort and flexibility without having to reach deep into the pockets.

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Good to know

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.

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.

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.

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.

  • 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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