Verdict from 9 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • A lot of users of Etnies Jameson XT shoes say that the heel support on these is phenomenal.
  • Many purchasers find the low-top sneakers to be comfortable to wear for skating or walking.
  • According to some Etnies Jameson XT reviews, the skateboard kicks have a good amount of board feel and flex.
  • Several people have indicated how much they liked the sleek design of these shoes.
  • The shoes are durable and hold their shape even after being broken in, some have stated.
  • Etnies Jameson XT skate shoes provide adequate protection when skating park bench to handrail heights, a few have claimed.
  • A few individuals have noted that the sneakers are lightweight.
  • A small number of testers are all praises for the breathable feel of these shoes from the Etnies range.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Etnies Jameson XT sneakers run small and narrow, some say.
  • There’s no room for full-length insoles because the built-in ones are non-removable, a handful of users have complained.
  • The cupsoles can take some time to break-in, two have noted.

Bottom line

Etnies Jameson XT shoes provide the right amount of balance between aesthetics and function. There’s an extra layer of protection courtesy of the hidden toecaps that offer enhanced durability while maintaining a deceptively simple and streamlined facade.

These shoes from the Etnies Jameson bloodline contain a lightweight and breathable feel, which contribute to their comfortability level, although the shoes may take a few wears before they break in. Once they do, however, they’ll be some of the best skating footwear you’ve ever worn.

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Good to know

Etnies Jameson XT shoes are sized from 4 to 14. They can be small for some, so a half size adjustment is advised. The footbeds and midsoles provide ample shock absorption. However, if you need more cushioning, the shoes can’t accommodate customized full-length inserts as the insoles are non-removable. 

The sneakers feature stretchy tongue wings that prevent tongues from flopping around inside. These allow you to loosen up the laces while keeping the shoes securely fitted to the feet. 

Etnies Jameson XT kicks are like improved versions of Jameson E-Lites, but where E-Lites are made of canvas and suede, XTs showcase pure suede durability. 

All efforts were made not only keep the shoes functional but to make them stylish for lifestyle use as well. The subtle design looks like something you might wear on a night out to impress a date, or to casual Fridays at work. And it’s perfect if you ever feel like doing some rounds in the park afterward.

Dress up with chinos or dress down with shorts. These kicks will let you take them anywhere.

Colorways for Etnies Jameson XTs include black/brown, charcoal, and black.

These kicks are not only upgraded editions of Jameson E-Lites, but they’re also a mix of some of the best features in the Jameson bloodline. 

The most notable feature of Jameson XTs is hidden, and this is what makes the sneakers unique. The toecaps, which are made of flow-molded PU similar to that of the Marana XTs, are placed underneath the vamp for a sleeker style. These toecaps offer an extra layer of protection against rips and shreds.

The Geo Hex Tread pattern in the soles, like that of Jameson Vulcs, grip the board firmly. STI Evolution Foam midsoles and Foam Lite 1 insoles cradle the feet in comfort against impact.

Etnies is a global skating brand renowned for its ultra-functional skatewear. The formerly European company was founded in 1986 with pro skateboarder, Pierre André Sénizergues in the role of designer. Later on, he took over the leadership of the company and introduced the brand to the U.S. market.

From Europe to Lake Forest, California, Etnies became one of the major forces to reckon with in the skating world. It introduced to us some of the best ever silhouettes in the board sport such as the Maranas, Faders, Scams, and Jamesons. 

Jameson XT shoes belong to one of the most-loved Etnies collections—the Jameson range. Jamesons are distinctive for their minimalist design and one-piece toes. XTs are set apart by their hidden toe caps, but the other Jameson variations have their distinct features as well. Jameson 2 Ecos are eco-friendly cupsole skate kicks, Jameson HTs are high-tops, Jameson SLs have faux vulcanized cupsoles, and Jameson Vulcs are the vulcanized versions. 

Etnies’ Jameson XT sneakers were introduced in 2017 after two years of research and collaboration between Rick Marmolijo, Etnies Director of Footwear Design, and pro rider Julian Davidson who has been with the brand since 2013.

  • Etnies Jameson XT shoes feature double cup outsoles on the heels and toes.


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