Verdict from 83 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • Majority of the reviewers loved how comfortable the Etnies Marana XT felt.
  • Some users with wide feet shared that the kick felt snug at first but adjusted perfectly to their feet after a few days of wearing them.
  • The shoe is offered in a wide selection of colorways.
  • Plenty of skateboarders swore by this pair as an excellent choice for performing tricks with thanks to its superb durability, excellent board feel, and superior impact absorption.
  • Most of the consumers applauded its stylish design.
  • This kick runs true to size.
  • Many commended the shoe's materials and construction for having superior quality.
  • Several purchasers bought the shoe in multiple colors because they liked it so much.
  • The Etnies Marana XT is considered to be a great product with excellent value for money.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some shoe users griped about how the insoles have no support and aren't detachable.
  • According to a few viewers, the upper is so durable that the outsole is the first one to wear out.

Bottom line

Building on the Marana lineage's classic style, superb durability, and ample support, the newest iteration called the Etnies Marana XT boast of upgrades that might make it your new favorite. This shoe now features a slimmed down upper for better flexibility, an exposed STI midsole technology for improved impact support, and a more durable toecap which tests showed lasted three times longer than the regular toecap.

This shoe is designed to boost performance and durability that could prove beneficial not only for skate sessions but also for everyday use.

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Good to know

The Etnies Marana XT is exclusively available in men's sizes that range from 5 to 14. Ladies who want to cop a pair should go 1.5 sizes down from their standard shoe size. A few reviewers with wide feet shared that it felt hard and stiff at first but after a few days the shoe molded perfectly to their feet.

This is a cupsole pair without the thickness of other skate shoes. Its padded tongue, reinforced heel, shock absorbing STI evolution foam midsole work in unison to provide impact cushioning.

Boasting a streamlined, low-top skate silhouette, the Etnies Marana XT makes for an easy kick to pair with a multitude of outfits. Offered in neutral and vivid colorways, you will most likely find a pair to suit your personality and style. Opt for neutral ones for a timeless option or go for the bright hues to add a stylish focal point to your outfit.

This kick's classic streamlined skate profile would probably stand out to most skateboarders, as it is slimmer than usual. Upgrades such as the exposed STI foam midsole is highlighted in a contrasting color which not only provides improved comfort but also enhanced aesthetic. Another update that also provides both functional and aesthetic purpose is the rubber toecap. It is crafted from the brand's new PU flow-molded technology.

Officially launched in 1986, Etnies was founded by two French designers and called it "Etnics," which was derived from the word Ethnic. Within the first year, the brand had to be renamed due to legal issues.

Pierre André, a former professional skateboarder who was nearing his retirement during that time, took charge of the company in 1989. With this acquisition, Etnies became the very first skateboard shoe company to be owned by someone who is an actual pro skateboarder.

The brand presently resides in California and is one of the subsidiaries of a company called Sole Technology. Although owned by another company, Etnies is still said to be operating under Pierre André's leadership. To this day, Etnies remains known for technologies that put protection, performance, comfort, and style as priorities in their shoes. Moreover, the brand now includes extensive collections of apparel and accessories in their inventory.

In 2013, Etnies introduced the Marana Bloodline collection that is generally built to enhance performance and durability of skate shoes. The Marana OG was released as a Ryan Sheckler signature shoe, and from there the collection flourished and produced more iterations. One of them is the Etnies Marana XT, the latest offering from the range. Launched in Spring 2016, this kick is offered in an array of colorway options and had been garnering positive reviews from users.

  • Offered in Medium width.
  • This model is available in Ryan Sheckler and Chris Joslin signature colorways.
  • The Marana also comes in Vulc, Elite, Vulc MT iterations.


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