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Fit & Sizing
US sizes for men, ranging from 5-14 in medium width are available for the Etnies Marana Michelin. It fits according to size, but some buyers felt that it has a narrow fit. Their recommendation is to go a half or a full size up, especially for those with wide feet. The upper is made up of suede and canvas, which offers a sturdy fit. Its low-top construction ensures that the ankle can move freely. A classic lace-up system allows the wearer to adjust the tightness of the fit while keeping the foot secure.
Etnies Marana Michelin Style
With a classic skate-inspired look, the low-top Etnies Marana Michelin is easy to style for the skate park or casual everyday wear. It has a chic urban appeal that makes it ideal for dressing up or down, while at the same time offering premium support and comfort for daily wearing. Often clad in neutral colorways, the shoe can be paired with pants or shorts in black, khaki, or other deep colors, along with a simple shirt and a jacket.
With a straightforward skate shoe flair, the Etnies Marana Michelin features a packed construction. There are perforations along the toe and on one side of the sneaker to provide ventilation. Ankle support and comfort are offered by the padded collar and tongue.
For branding, the Etnies name and logo tag is on the tongue. The Etnies logo can also be found on the sides and the heel near the collar. Completing the exclusive appeal is the Michelin logo on the heel tab. For a stylish contrast, the midsole is two-toned.
Etnies Marana Michelin History
Established in 1986 in France, Etnies was formerly called Etnics. The name was derived from the word “ethnic,” in reference to the sub-culture of the skateboarding world. It later had to be renamed Etnies due to a legal dispute. Three years after its founding, former professional freestyle skateboarder turned business tycoon Pierre Andre Senizergues took over. He integrated Etnies under his company Sole Technologies, Inc., becoming the first footwear brand to be owned by a pro skater.
Senizergues introduced the shoe brand to the U.S., establishing its current headquarters in Lake Forest, California. Under his guidance, the company produced fan favorites such as the Senix and Intercity models. Another modern classic from the brand is the Marana sneaker. First introduced in 2013, the skate shoe was so popular that the company had produced new versions and designs over the years.
To further improve the Marana, Etnies decided to partner with French tire manufacturer Michelin. The goal was to make the shoe even more durable, as in previous editions wherein the upper had lasted longer than the outsole. Michelin tires use premium rubber technology, enabling them to last out in the road. It was then applied to the rubber outsole of the model, and thus the Etnies Marana Michelin was born.
With the Michelin tire rubber compound on the sole, Etnies aims for the much-improved Marana to become the most durable skate shoe in the world. The brand has declared that the sneaker is now three times more durable than it was before. It still features the classic skate silhouette and modern colorways that makes the shoe special, making it a worthy addition to any skater or casual wearer’s closet.
- The removable insole is made up of Pro Foam 1 Polyurethane technology for cushioning.
- Support is provided by the STI Evolution Foam on the midsole.
- To achieve three times beyond the usual durability, the outsole is made up of the tried-and-tested Michelin rubber tire compound.
- For superior grip, a long-lasting, tire-patterned tread is used on the outsole.
- Durability is further improved with the rubber toe cap on the upper, which was fused on and injected into the shoe.