Verdict from 100+ user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Most of the purchasers found the Etnies Metal Mulisha Fader 2 to fit true to size.
  • Comfortable is a frequent word used in describing the pair. Some even added that it is ideal for all-day wear.
  • Several shoe users commended the shoe’s materials and workmanship for being of excellent quality.
  • The shoe is durable, according to some reviewers’ opinions.
  • Majority of the consumers adored this sneaker’s retro design and found it stylish.
  • A good number of wide-footed users were ecstatic due to the pair’s ample width and roomy feel.
  • Some buyers said that the sneaker has great value for money.

1 reason not to buy

  • Some reviewers mentioned that the kick felt heavier compared to today’s skate shoes.

Bottom line

Fans of both brands can't get enough of the collaboration between Etnies and Metal Mulisha, and this time they took the Fader 2 as its canvas. The Etnies Metal Mulisha Fader 2 is an updated version of its older sibling. The shoe retains its predecessor's classic bulky aesthetic, signature graphic art designs, excellent comfort, and durability.

Only this time, this shoe features maximum cushioning for added comfort and protection against impacts. If you're into any of the two brands or seeking for a well-padded skate shoe, then this sneaker might just be worth trying.

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Good to know

The Etnies Metal Mulisha Fader 2 is exclusively offered in men's sizes that range from US 5 to 15. Ladies who fancy a pair should go 1.5 sizes down from their standard shoe size. This sneaker fits true to size and is broad enough to accommodate consumers with wide feet.

The shoe features abundant cushioning for in-step comfort and protection against impact and heel bruises. It utilizes a traditional lace-up system to keep a lockdown fit.

The Etnies Metal Mulisha Fader displays a recognizable design as it retains most of its older sibling's aesthetic elements - from its beefy, retro skate silhouette to Metal Mulisha's rock and military-inspired graphic designs. Armed with a signature skate style bathed in different colors and artworks, this sneaker could instantly amp up a rather dull ensemble. Skaters were frequently seen matching it with loose denim jeans, an oversized shirt, and a 59Fifty hat for that 90s-inspired skate look.

What most consumers notice first in this low-top skate shoe are its bulky silhouette and eye-catching artworks. Long-time skaters and fans of both brands would instantly know what shoe this is because of its signature aesthetic. Not to be overshadowed by its exterior looks is the technologies applied to provide excellent skate performance. Technologies such as STI Foam Lite Level 1 insoles, Internal EVA midsole, and 300 NBS stitched rubber outsole all contribute to the user's pleasurable experience.

Introduced in 1986, Etnies was first named "Etnics," which was derived from the word Ethnic to pay homage to skate culture as a lifestyle of its own. However, due to legal issues the company was forced to rename the brand to Etnies.

In 1989 Pierre André, a former pro skateboarder bought the company making Etnies the very first skate shoe company to be owned by a skater. Fast-forward to today the brand now operates under another of André's company called Sole Technology. Etnies has also expanded their product range by including apparel and accessories and doing collaborations with other brands. One of these brands is a clothing company called Metal Mulisha.

Metal Mulisha is a motocross-centric brand that was co-founded by a pro rider named Brian Deegan in 1997. One of the collaborative footwear models that the two released is the Metal Mulisha Fader 2, a bulkier version of its predecessor. The sneaker from Etnies’ skate-inspired lineup is available in multiple colorway options.

  • The shoe retails for $70.
  • It is offered in Medium width.


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