Verdict from 7.5 hours of research from the internet

9 reasons to buy

  • According to a great number of skaters, it feels super great to skate the Etnies Joslin 2 straight out of the box. 
  • These Etnies sneakers offer plenty of flexibility, durability, and grip. 
  • Plenty of users have commented that this second edition of the Joslin is a way better model than the first one. 
  • This skating shoe is super comfortable and does not hurt the feet even after several skate sessions, claim numerous wearers. 
  • The impact absorption that these kicks have is absolutely excellent. 
  • A lot of reviews have mentioned that these Joslins are built with great, quality materials giving them a high-quality look. 
  • As a comparison, they are much better form-fitting than the average or even top-line Vans sneakers, a certain owner has expressed. 
  • Many buyers love the Joslin 2’s stylish and versatile look. 
  • These sneakers are definitely worth the money, based on heaps of skater fans.

2 reasons not to buy

  • One user has mentioned that it took him a little while to get used to the shoe’s strap. 
  • A few testers don’t quite like the sneaker’s bulky appearance. 

Bottom line

Designed and tested by legendary skater Chris Joslin, the Etnies Joslin 2 is Chris’ second signature pro shoe that has been built for more support and impact protection but has a slightly slimmer profile than its predecessor. Moreover, it has been re-designed with upgraded technologies for improved flexibility and board feel. 

These skating shoes are designed to be unstoppable, giving one the ability to shred anywhere, anytime. 

User reviews:

The Etnies Joslin 2 skate shoe has sizes available only for men. They fit true to size so it is suggested to go for one’s normal shoe size. 

Furthermore, the shoes provide a nice, snug, and secure fit with the traditional lace-up closure. There is a removable Velcro strap for an extra snug fit and increased safety, in case you need it.

Created with a low-cut silhouette, the sneakers feature a suede and synthetic uppers. However, unlike the first Joslin model, the shape of the shoe might look a bit bulkier having some changes to it. With a wider shape, the sneakers end up in a very well-balanced shape on the toe. There is also stitching taking place in the toe area. For the branding, a Joslin patch is embossed on the tongue. 

The Etnies 2 is available in a number of colorways such as grey/light grey, royal/black/white, black/white, and black/white/gum. Given that these sneakers are already stylish, several clothing pieces will go well with them. A skate and street style ensemble that consists of jeans, baggy pants, cargo pants, joggers, and shorts, and are topped with graphic tees, oversized shirts, and flannel pieces definitely go best with the shoes. 

Chris Joslin’s sophomore sneaker features a removable and molded Pro Foam 1 footbed and a full-length EVA midsole that delivers full-foot lightweight cushioning, excellent impact protection, and support while skating. The double-stitched toe cap and Ollie area also provide added protection and softens the impact. Underneath the vamp and toe box, a rubber underlay is included for added durability. 

With a cupsole construction, durability and extreme shock-absorption are guaranteed, offering the best impact protection against hard landings. Moreover, this generally lasts longer and gives the sneaker a more long-lasting quality. For the outsole, the Michelin Fiber Lite outsole is utilized which provides three times more durability than the average gum rubber sole while providing flexibility, agility, and awesome board feel. 

Established in France and launched in 1986, Etnies was originally under the name Etnics. The brand's original name was Etnics, derived from the word "ethnic," a nod to the skateboarding sub-culture. Later on, it was renamed Etnies due to legal issues. Etnies is possibly the first company to introduce a signature pro model shoe to the market with the Natas Kaupus model in 1989.

Sims Freestyle pro skater Pierre André Sénizergues influenced and took charge of the company, making it the first skateboard shoe company owned by a professional Skateboarder. He then commenced design work at Etnies shortly after the company’s formation. Sénizergues eventually introduced the brand to the US. He proceeded to build Sole Technology, with the addition of the Emerica, éS.

Between the three skating brands, they have had some of the most iconic skateboarders in history wearing their kicks. Considered as one of the best skating shoes that they have released, the Etnies Joslin 2 is designed by Chris Joslin, his other signature pro collection next to his Joslin 1. Built with numerous updates on technologies and the materials used on the sneaker, performance, functionality, and style is what makes Joslin 2 a superb skating shoe. 

  • An elastic gusset tongue is added to the shoes that give a snug fit while keeping the tongue in place.
  • The sneakers also have a padded tongue and collar for added protection and comfort. 
  • There are hidden lace loops on the shoe’s upper. 
  • The reinforced heel area also provides durability. 

Author
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

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