Verdict from +100 user reviews

10 reasons to buy

  • An overwhelming majority of the reviewers tag these shoes as comfortable.
  • Numerous customers were happy with the quality of these low-top sneakers as despite the beating it gets while skating, it lasts for a long time.
  • Several skaters describe them as one of their best skate sneaker purchases.
  • Majority of skaters approve of the durability and resistance of this Etnies Marana skate shoes.
  • The Etnies Marana shoes are affordably priced with a lot of colorway options, many people noted.
  • Some skaters say it is their longest lasting skate shoe with a tough sole that is highly resistant to wear.
  • A good number of skaters attest to the amazing grip and boardfeel of the Etnies Marana sneaker’s outsole.
  • A handful of reviewers gave points to this sneaker for its protective upper on the toe and ankles.
  • Skate shoe testers performed kickflips and tricks using the Etnies Marana for a week and it hardly shows any scratch or signs of wearing out.
  • Some Etnies Marana reviews focused on the comfort of the sneakers especially its interiors.


3 reasons not to buy

  • Many people find them too narrow and need some time for a break-in to feel comfy.
  • Some noted tearing at the interior textile material after a heavy skate run.
  • A few wearers say the heel part is the weakest part of the Etnies Marana because it is where most damage and scratches have been seen.


Bottom line

A good reason why the Etnies Marana shoe is a well-loved design by the skateboarding community is its durability and comfort that has stood the test of time. The skate shoe has been subjected to all types of heavy beating while skateboarding but hardly sustains a major scratch after a few days of heavy use. While some noted a few rips and tears at the back textile, it is the brand’s bestselling and crowd-favorite design that is budget-friendly and lightweight.


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Good to know

The Etnies Marana skate shoes run true to size that fits those with narrow to medium width profile. Wide feet users may opt for a half-size larger for best fit. The low-top shoe has hidden lacing loops to protect the longevity of the laces. It also has a well-cushioned and padded collar and tongue for better protection. The removable polyurethane insole can also be replaced with custom orthotics. Sizes for the sneaker range from men’s US sizes 3.5 to 14. Women may get equivalent fit from men’s sizes by dropping 1 to 1.5 sizes down.

The minimalist look of the Etnies Marana sneakers is what makes them endearing for most skaters and regular classic shoe users. Aside from being a skateboarding shoe, many people also use them as regular classic low-top kicks for casual styling and for achieving a street style look.

Wearing these kicks have no trappings and superfluities. It requires minimal styling and is available in numerous colorways. Achieving different looks while using the Etnies Marana shoes is possible given that it comes in usual black, white, grey, and other neutral tones that have no difficulty in pairing with a lot of clothes for men and women. Some bestselling colorways of the sneaker include the Etnies Marana in red, Etnies Marana in white, and Etnies Marana in black colorways.

Best looks for this low-top shoe is achieved by wearing them with shorts and flexible pants when doing jumps and tricks. Non-skaters may also wear these with denim jeans, khakis and chinos topped with hoodies, relaxed-fit shirts, and jackets. The men’s shoes are also popular among women wanting to achieve a thrasher look with its laidback design and silhouette. The Etnies Marana is among the cheap and affordable kicks in the market that many of its loyal fans have bought more than one colorway to mix and match with their clothes.

The Etnies Marana OG sneaker has been known to many as among the most durable and comfortable classic skate shoes around. The main reason for this is the 400 NBS rubber outsole that is extremely durable and long-lasting with flex grooves to enhance flexibility. The tough rubber outsole also has a car tire and herringbone patterns for an amazing grip, traction, and boardfeel. In terms of comfort, the Etnies Marana has an STI Evolution Foam midsole and a Pro Foam 1 Polyurethane insole for the best cushioning and impact absorption needed for skateboarding leaps and tricks.

The Etnies label was founded in 1986 in France. The brand was then called Etnics that is derived from the skateboarding subculture but later on was named Etnies due to a legal dispute.

Pierre Andre Senizergues, a professional freestyle skateboarder turned businessman, integrated the brand into his Sole Technologies Inc. to become the first footwear brand to be owned by a professional skater. The pro-skater-owned company grew exponentially when Senizergues brought the label in America and settled in the foothold of skateboarding in California where regular skate competitions and a growing number of skateboarders and skateboarding subculture has started to spread. Establishing the company’s headquarters in Lake Forest, California, the company started to churn out classic skate shoes that include the Etnies Fader, Etnies Jameson, and Etnies Scam. But one of the brand’s bestselling skate shoe is the Etnies Marana.

The Etnies Marana series was popular among professional skateboarders because of its durability, functionality, and minimalist look. The massive appeal and popularity of the design among skaters are evident in the huge variety of colorways and designs transformations it undertook. It had other variations that include the Etnies Marana Vulc with a vulcanized constructed sole. Meanwhile, the Ryan Sheckler signature shoe, the Etnies Marana  XT, features a streamlined design and extra tough components. The Marana skate shoes by Etnies was also given a makeover by French tire manufacturer Michelin with the Etnies Marana Michelin. The collaboration improved the durability of the sole by using premium rubber technology developed by the famous tire maker resulting in extra durability in the sole.

Ever since the release of the shoe, and despite several design improvements and collaboration and the entry of new designs from the brand, the Etnies Marana OG continues to be popular. The reason for this popularity is the use of technology into the classic skate shoe design. With a durable cupsole design, the shoe had excellent grip and traction and has been given by both amateur and pro skaters a thumbs up for its boardfeel and wear resistance.

For durability, the Marana also has a tough and long-lasting upper with a padded tongue and collar for extra comfort. It also allows a wide range of movements which is a must-have for skaters who regularly do kickflips, tricks, and jumps as the Pro Foam 1 Polyurethane insole and full-length flex grooves in the 400 NBS rubber outsole assures flexibility and longlasting performance. The skate shoe also has hidden lace loops for protection while the outsole also has an exposed Sole Technology Inc. signature Evolution Foam logo and an improved tread pattern composed of traditional herringbone and a car-like tread pattern further made grippy by cup soles in the bottom.

  • The low-top sneaker has a padded tongue and collar
  • Hidden lace loops protect laces while skating.
  • Fused on and injected rubber toe cap gives enhanced protection and wear-resistance.


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