Verdict from 9.8 hours of research from the internet

7 reasons to buy

  • The mid-top Etnies RVM is available at a very budget-friendly pricing point.
  • Many customers attested that it is a comfortable sneaker. They said that it is excellent for long walks or skating.
  • A good number of buyers loved the shoe’s design. They described it as “awesome,” “cool,” “great,” “lovely,” “stylish,” “nice” and “stunning.”
  • The Etnies RVM provides an adequate amount of cushioning, said by some of the reviewers.
  • Several wearers testified that the outsoles offer reliable grip.
  • A couple of users appreciated that the shoe is able to accommodate their wide feet.
  • A buyer said that he is happy that he can easily pair this footwear with different casual clothing like jeans.

5 reasons not to buy

  • The Etnies RVM is perceived to have a narrow toe box by a few of the users.
  • Some wearers pointed out that the sole seems to wear relatively fast.
  • It is a bit bulky and heavy, commented by several testers.
  • A few buyers wished, like other Etnies with a mid-top silhouette, that the Etnies RVM would have more colorways available.
  • Some reviewers said that they noticed that red dye comes off on the shoelaces.

Bottom line

The Etnies RVM is one of the favorite go-to performance skate shoes to execute an Ollie exhibition and other skateboarding and BMX tricks as it provides sure-footed grip on the board and pedals. Aside from performance, it also possesses other vital ingredients that skateboarders and BMXers need such as style and comfort without breaking their pockets. It also fits the bill for long walks. Although other users noted that the toe area felt tight at first, but after a week or so of the break-in period, they felt much better.

User reviews:

The Etnies RVM is available in men’s sizing ranges from 5 to 14 US. With a combination of canvas and synthetic nubuck materials, the upper allows sufficient air circulation. The toe area also has perforations for added ventilation. With the STI Foam Lite 2, the die-cut EVA footbed ensures impact protection and comfort. It has a mesh lining to give a next-to-skin feel. For enhanced and reliable grip, the shoe utilizes vulcanized wrap cup rubber outsoles.

The Etnies RVM has a classic and mid-top silhouette that provides ankle stability and protection. It is designed with a lace-up closure system to ensure a secure lockdown. This fashion-trend sneaker can match various casual clothing and street-style outfits. Enjoy comfort and stay in style as you wear it with tracker pants, joggers or shorts for a sporty look. It also goes well with jeans and shirts, exuding a laidback look.

The mid-top Etnies RVM is what BMXers and skateboarders need to have a steady grip. Made from 400 NBS rubber, the vulcanized outsole with a herringbone tread pattern provides not only flexibility but also a sure-footed grip needed to execute some BMX exhibitions as well as fantastic Ollie and other skateboarding tricks.

Launched in 1986, Etnies was once among the emerging brands of skate shoes in France. Inspired from the word Ethnic, the brand was initially called Etnics as an affirmation to the skate culture. Later it was changed to Etnies due to some legal concerns. Later on, a former professional skateboarder, in the name of Pierre André Sénizergues, acquired the company in 1989.

He merged it along with other brands such as eS, Emerica and ThirtyTwo under the conglomerate of Sole Technology Inc. Under Sénizergues’ leadership, the brand continues to create and release different revolutionary shoes that are appreciated by BMXers, skateboarders and other brand patrons. Apart from footwear, Etnies also offers a collection of accessories and apparel for men and women.

Among the shoes that the brand offers today is the Etnies RVM. This sneaker has the perfect blend of comfort and aesthetic appeal by which people can grab at a budget-friendly rate. Inspired by the skate heritage, it features the Etnies Rap design. The toe area is triple stitched while the heel is reinforced, allowing for more protection and stability as users perform some cool tricks.

  • The heel of the Etnies RVM is inserted with System G2 for more cushioning protection.
  • The tongue and collar area are padded to ensure added comfort and support.
  • In collaboration with Ruben Alcantara, an iteration of this silhouette is released called Etnies x Terrible One.
  • Colorways available include Black/Charcoal/Red and Navy/Navy/White.

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.