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9 reasons to buy

  • The Etnies Metal Mulisha Fader is available in several neutral colorways that make it easy to pair with a wide selection of casual outfits.
  • Majority of the reviewers were delighted with how comfortable this shoe is.
  • It is very durable. Some wearers shared that their pair lasted 2 to 4 years before wearing out.
  • The sneaker offers excellent grip, based on a number of comments from several buyers.
  • A lot of consumers adored the kick's classic skate look and stylish graphics.
  • Most purchasers said that it fits true to size.
  • Its materials and construction were deemed to be of excellent quality by several customers.
  • Some longtime fans appreciate that this model is still being offered.
  • With the kick's durability and comfort, a lot of wearers use this sneaker for biking and skateboarding.

1 reasons not to buy

  • A few didn't particularly like a symbol used by Metal Mulisha that pertains to harmful ideologies from the past.

Bottom line

Longtime Fader and Metal Mulisha fans rejoice as the collaboration between the two brands continues to flourish. The Etnies Fader is one of the brand's longest running and time-tested models that's known for its durability, superb comfort, and old-school skate style.

Metal Mulisha chose the reputable Fader as its canvas for this partnership and built on the Fader's good attributes by enhancing its aesthetic. If you're a fan of both brands or if you're just looking to amp up your skate shoe collection, this product might fit the bill.

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A top 8% best sneaker
A top rated Etnies sneaker
It has never been more popular than this May

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The Etnies Metal Mulisha Fader is exclusively available in men's sizes that stretch from 5 to 15. Ladies who want to cop a pair should go 1.5 sizes down from their standard shoe size. This kick generally fits true to size. Trying a pair in your nearest retail store is best recommended.

Using the Fader's classic bulky, old-school skate profile as its canvas, Metal Mulisha kicked the pair's aesthetic up a notch by applying their rock and militia-inspired artwork on its upper. Grounded in the rebellious nature of skate this kick's skulls and pops of colors will make your outfit more interesting. Pair it with loose jeans, a t-shirt, and a New Era cap for an old-school skate look or opt for joggers, shorts, or straight cut trousers for a more modern casual outfit.

This low-top pair retains the Fader's vintage bulky silhouette, which most old-school skaters prefer for its cushiony protection. It is available in a wide selection of large graphic design/ artwork options and colorways for different preferences. Some insoles also display Metal Mulisha artwork.

Founded by two French designers in 1986, Etnies is a skate company and was initially called "Etnics," which was derived from the word Ethnic as a nod to skate culture. After a few years, the brand had to change its name due to legal issues.

In 1989, a former professional skateboarder named Pierre André who was nearing the end of his career took charge of the company. This acquisition made Etnies the very first skateboard shoe company to be owned by a pro skateboarder.

Today the brand is based in California and falls under one of Sole Technology's subsidiaries. Although owned by another company, Etnies is still run under the watchful eyes of Pierre André. To this day, Etnies remains popular amongst skateboarders and loyal fans for their consistently comfortable and durable footwear. They are known for ungimmicky shoe technologies that provide protection, performance, comfort, and style. Moreover, their inventory now includes an extensive collection of apparel and accessories.

One of the many skate shoes in Etnies’ roster is the Fader, one of the longstanding shoe models of the brand. It has been reinterpreted in countless iterations and is known to work well as a casual shoe and even better as tough skate kick. Check it out in different colorways to complement your every mood and look.

  • It retails for $70.
  • Its upper is crafted from leather.
  • The shoe has a padded collar and tongue for added cushioning and comfort.
  • The kick uses an STI Foam Lite Level footbed for extra in-step comfort. It is detachable.
  • It is offered in Medium width.
Author
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

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