Verdict from 100+ user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • The Etnies Marana Mid is overall an excellent skate shoe, as attested by several reviewers.  
  • Built with extra toe reinforcement and a suede upper, durability is one of the strongest features of this shoe, according to lots of purchasers.
  • Some purchasers noted that they like that the insoles are removable.
  • The look and design of this Etnies Marana shoe impressed several buyers.
  • The Etnies Marana Mid runs true to size, per the majority of reviewers.
  • Many skaters mentioned that the grip of this shoe is commendable. One added that it is more grippy than the Marana OG.
  • Lots of skaters said that these mid-top Etnies offer great impact protection.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The Etnies Marana Mid does not come with an extra set of laces.
  • Though generally comfortable, this shoe feels stiff during the first few times of wearing according to some purchasers.
  • At least one reviewer said that the Marana Mid is heavier than its low-top counterpart.

Bottom line

Etnies gave the Marana, one of its skate shoes, a mid-top variation called the Etnies Marana Mid. The shoe shadows the original not just in appearance but also in performance with its durable suede upper, cupsole, Pro Foam 1 insoles, PU rubberized toe cap, and other skate-ready features that make it an overall excellent skate shoe.

Though known as stylish and comfortable (despite its stiffness during the first few wears), what impressed buyers the most is its durability that could withstand the demands of skateboarding. It is also affordable and gives excellent impact protection and grip.

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Good to know

The Etnies Marana Mid is the first mid-top skate shoe in the Marana collection. Its mid-cut construction gives extra support and protection around the ankle, while its lace-up closure complete with hidden lace loops and elastic tongue straps allow a secure and adjustable fit.

Skate in style with the Etnies Marana Mid skate shoes. This mid-top skate shoe shadows the casual yet functional and straightforward façade of its low-top counterpart. It boasts a padded collar and tongue that gives it a bulky appearance, but the minimally-designed suede upper perfectly balances this out. Although not as versatile as the Marana low-top, you can still strut a pair of this shoe whether on or off the board with shorts, cargo pants, joggers, and shirts.  

The Etnies Marana mid-top shoe exhibits features similar to its original model, but with a mid-top profile. Like the Marana and its successors, it is built to withstand the harsh conditions of skateboarding hence its features that mainly focus on durability. In addition to the suede upper is an outsole made with a Michelin performance rubber compound and a fused-on, injected rubber toe cap.

Originally named Ethnics, Etnies is an American footwear and apparel brand that originated in France in 1986. It caters to skateboarders, snowboarders, BMX riders, motocross riders, and surfers.

In 1989, retired professional skater Pierre Andre Senizergues took charge of the company after designing some of the brand’s popular models such as the Senix, the Low Top Rap, the Scam, and more. He brought the brand to the US through his company Sole Technology, Inc. making Etnies the first skateboarding company owned by a professional skateboarder.

One of the most popular skate shoes produced by Etnies is the Etnies Marana, which made its debut in 2013 as a reliable, performance-focused, and durable skate shoe. It gained so much recognition that the brand has been continuously producing new versions and upgrading its features. All these releases fall into a series called the Marana Shoe Collection.

Included in the collection are the Marana Michelin, Marana Vulc, Marana Vulc MT, and the Marana Mid among others. The Marana Mid is a mid-top version of the classic Marana silhouette. Like other shoes in the Marana series, it boasts a durable construction. It features a suede upper, cupsole, Pro Foam 1 insoles, PU rubberized toe cap, Michelin outsole technology, and STI evolution foam.

  • The Etnies Marana Mid also features Pro Foam 1 insole and STI Evolution Foam midsole for extra comfort and support.
  • The Etnies logo is displayed on the sides and tongue.
  • Lateral sides feature perforation holes for added ventilation.
  • The lace-up system includes hidden lace loops and elastic tongue straps for superior fit.


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