Size and fit

Sizes available for the Etnies Marana Vulc are from US men’s 5-14 in medium width. Women who want to buy the shoe should go one and a half size down. It has a low-top collar that lets the ankle move freely, and there is also some padding to add comfort. Meanwhile, the suede and canvas on the upper provide ample protection and support. On the front, flat laces keep the fit secure and comfortable.

Etnies Marana Vulc Style

A casual street style appearance best fits the Etnies Marana Vulc. Its parent model was designed to be functional and straightforward, and this shoe is no exception. It has a low-profile vibe that makes it ideal for any casual get-up, especially when paired with pants or shorts in neutral palettes. T-shirts are best for completing the sneaker’s urban appeal. It can be worn with or without visible socks, with pin rolls on the jeans to emphasize its low-top style.

Notable Features

Featuring a slimmer silhouette than the original Marana, the Etnies Marana Vulc balances the model’s classic elements with an updated construction. Its upper, made up of suede and canvas, sits atop a vulcanized outsole that offers durability and support. Padding on the collar and tongue adds comfort for the foot. Continuing the classic appeal is the white midsole, which adds a neat contrast to the shoe’s urban flair.   

Etnies signature branding can be found on the sneaker’s sides, tongue, and heel tab. Perforations on the sides and along the toe keep the shoes well ventilated. Helping make the shoe sturdier is the rubber toe cap, which features a printed design. The entire upper is also reinforced to keep the overall construction durable.

Etnies Marana Vulc History

Currently headquartered in Lake Forest, California, footwear brand Etnies used to be an emerging European company. It was launched in 1986 in France as Etnics, from the word “ethnic,” a tribute to the skateboarding subculture. It had to be renamed due to certain legalities.

In 1989, Pierre Andre Senizergues, a retired freestyle pro skater, took over the company and brought it to the United States. Soon enough, Etnies made a name for itself in the skating community, becoming a fan favorite because of its durable, functional, and simple footwear options. The company also produced shoes for surfing, snowboarding, and motocross riding.

One skate shoe that the brand keeps reinventing is the Marana, initially released in 2013. It quickly gained a considerable following, prompting the brand to issue new versions over the years. The low-top Etnies Marana Vulc, a follow-up to the famous shoe, is everything the classic model was, yet it also has a much-improved construction due to its vulcanized outsole.

It’s also made to be slimmer than its predecessor to ensure a smooth, effortless style out on the skate park or in the streets. Built with the characteristic Etnies Marana features and details, this is one model that sneaker fans and skaters can’t afford to miss.

Additional Info

  • Comfort is offered by the Foam Lite 1 sole. 
  • A breathable feel is provided by the collar lining and mesh tongue.
  • The insole is made up of STI Evolution Foam to deliver responsive cushioning.

Facts / Specs

Base model: Etnies Marana
Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Colorways: Black / Brown / Blue / Grey / Purple / Red / Green / White
Special editions: 2 special editions
SKUs: 4101000425200 / 4101000425201 / 4101000425217 / 4101000425253 / 4101000425467 / 4101000425544 / 4101000425590 / 4101000425597 / 4101000425629 / 4101000425969

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