Verdict from 53 user reviews

10 reasons to buy

  • The Etnies Highlight has been considered comfortable by the majority of the reviewers.
  • Most of the buyers commended the ultra lightness of this model. One skater even described the experience as 'kickflipping the board with socks.'
  • Few noted that this pair delivers superb protection.
  • Some wearers praised the stylish design of the Etnies Highlight.
  • Many liked the super soft sole of this model that is good for the all-day use.
  • Like most Etnies sneakers, this shoe can be purchased at an affordable price point.
  • Buyers can pick from multiple colorways offered in the market.
  • Quite a few mentioned that this kick has a nice board feel.
  • This model fits nicely even wearers with wide feet, shared several wearers.
  • A number of reviewers expressed that they would highly recommend this to their peers.

1 reasons not to buy

  • Few critics disclosed that the Etnies Highlight has insufficient ground grip.

Bottom line

The Highlight features a revolutionary technology that will forever change Etnies' skateboard kicks' game in the market. This shoe simplified the sneaker by producing highly durable technology to withstand the robust demands on the board. Most reviewers also vouched for this kick’s lightness and impressive comfort that feels like walking on the clouds while delivering stylish design. While the majority of the reviewers praised the overall features of the Highlight, some still recommended some fine tuning on the traction area as they reported this to deliver insufficient grip on their boards.

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Good to know

The Etnies Highlight is available in men's sizing from 5 to 12 US in medium width. It has a lace-up fastening system with inner cleatie construction keeping the feet secured and comfortable. Meanwhile, the brand inserted elastic band on the sides to hold the feet on its place while doing the kickflips and high jumps on the rails. This sneaker fits true to size and width and has ample arch support.

The STI Foam Lite 1 footbed delivers superb cushioning and support. This shoe has a moisture-wicking lining for added cozy feel by keeping the feet feeling fresh and dry all day. Also, this shoe has the PTR Heel Wrap System that provides more heel support while on the board.

The low-top Etnies Highlight is one of the lightest and most flexible footwear Etnies ever launched, and it features synthetic upper that sits atop a single-piece STI Evolution foam. The brand used a one-piece toe cap to deliver clean finishing as well as provide durability.

The Highlight boasts its on-trend look and sporty profile that can match the lifestyle fashion scene. Most wearers can be spotted strutting this kick with joggers or oversized jeans with hoodies and cap for an authentic Thrasher's look. Also, to strut a casual streetwear fashion, some don this with tattered jeans, rolled-up trousers, or even a decent pair of shorts with a crisp top and a bomber jacket.

One striking feature of the Etnies Highlight is its STI Evolution foam on its footbed, midsole, and outsole. This means that this shoe has no rubber at all, but instead, its sole is made entirely of the revolutionary STI Evolution foam; hence, giving rise to an ultra-lightweight, flexible, and durable skateboarding sneaker.

In 1986, Etnies was unveiled in France as a brand that specializes in shoes and apparel for snowboarding, skateboarding, BMX, and motocross riders and surfers. The brand was initially called 'Etnics' but changed due to legal concerns. In 1989, Pierre Andre Senizergues took charge of the Etnies after his retirement from professional skateboarding. This made the Etnies the first ever skateboarding brand owned and managed by a professional skateboarder.

Senizergues introduced the Etnies in the United States and designed some of the popular silhouettes such as Lo-Cut, Senix, Intercity, and the Scam. The brand is now based in California and is now a subsidiary of the Sole Technology Incorporated, still under the administration of Senizergues. The Etnies is now considered one of the top producers of sports apparel and continued to design innovative technologies to enhance the performance, comfort, and style of its wearers.

Now, Etnies is into sponsoring professional teams in the snowboarding, BMX, surfing, and skateboarding to give back to the domain that helped the company grow and succeed. The brand now expanded globally and currently offering various products such as apparel, t-shirts, jackets, sweatshirts, jeans, and all other accessories.

The Etnies Highlight, one of the remarkable iterations from the brand, was launched with a redesigned sole that has no rubber but instead it is replaced with the STI Evolution Foam. This shoe provides lightweight and durable sneaker that could withstand the hardy needs on and off the board.

  • The Ollie area of the Etnies Highlight delivers extra protection and durability.
  • The one-piece silicon-backed toecap delivers superb durability and support.
  • This shoe has mesh tongue and sides to enhance the breathability.
  • The STI Evolution Foam delivers high-rebound and abrasion-resistant durability with superb lightness found on the midsole and outsole of the shoes. It was constructed through molding process instead of the traditional die cut from the sheet technique; thus, this technology yields no waste.
  • Etnies launched a Tyler Bledsoe signature colorway of the Highlight silhouette. This iteration has black, gray, and camouflage hues on its synthetic upper.


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