Verdict from +100 user reviews

11 reasons to buy

  • A large percentage of users were satisfied with their purchase of the Etnies Scout.
  • An overwhelming majority of reviewers say the low-top sneaker is extremely lightweight.
  • Some users appreciate that some colorways have vegan options that use footwear materials.
  • Despite not being classified as a skate shoe, many skateboarders say the Etnies Scout can still withstand a few minutes of board runs.
  • Satisfied buyers say the flexibility of the Etnies Scout is commendable as it allows them to move freely using the shoe.
  • Majority of wearers of the shoe were impressed with the comfort it brings to their feet.
  • A significant majority of buyers were satisfied with the budget-friendly pricing.
  • Quite a lot of users posted positive reviews recommending the sneakers for the wide variety of colorways options.
  • Some users were pleased by the “high-wearing shoes” and the “flexibility of the midsole and outsole.”
  • Many people like its durability and comfort which is why they use it almost every day.
  • Several satisfied users became repeat customers by buying second pairs of these lightweight kicks that “felt like slippers.”

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some wearers say the upper mesh material tend to tear after a few months of use.
  • Few reviewers say that the Etnies Scout sneaker designers could have placed pull tabs into the back of the low-top shoe as they had difficulty in putting on and removing the sneakers off of their feet.
  • One user says the mesh upper material stains easily and could get dirty especially when exposed to mud and dirt.

Bottom line

Bring the Etnies Scout on your next adventure. The versatile low-top sneaker has a breathable mesh upper and a comfortable footbed that delivers maximum cushioning that molds to the contours of the feet. Its biggest asset is the lightweight STI (Sole Technology Inc.) Evolution Foam midsole and outsole that keeps everything comfortable, lightweight, and flexible. The low-top sneaker comes in two price ranges that include $60 for the regular sneaker version and $65 for the vegan sneaker option.

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Good to know

With a fully-lined lycra spandex interior, the Etnies Scout low-top sneakers have an elastic heel band to keep the feet in place and add support. The lightweight shoe also has convertible drop-top access for easy on and off.  The Etnies Scout is available in 5 to 15 men’s US size and 5 to 11 women’s sizes in medium width.

Keep your sneakers light with the Etnies Scout. The lightweight sneakers are always ready for the next adventure whether it is by the beach, the urban jungle, or in a closed space like the mall, the breathable mesh upper and lightweight STI Evolution Foam midsole and outsole would help you feel comfy for hours. With a regular sneaker and a vegan sneaker option, low-top sneakers like these will take you places as it fits various sneaker needs.

Keep them ready for activities during the spring and summer months were breathable, and lightweight footwear would come in handy. The vast selection of colorways gives wearers a chance to match them with their favorite outfit with its solid colors and fused soles. Wear them with shorts, joggers, track pants, jeans for that sporty and casual fashion that works with just any casual or street-style outfit today. Wear these low-top kicks in school or at work, at daily commutes or chilling at the park, the style versatility of this sneaker design is boundless as the adventures you can take while wearing these sporty kicks.

Keeping things comfortable and lightweight the Etnies Scout comes loaded with modern footwear technology and features that includes an STI Foam Lite Level 1 insole and an exposed STI Evolution Foam midsole and outsole for enhanced cushioning and durability. Vegan-friendly versions of this sneaker are also environment-friendly options that support the company’s Buy A Shoe, Plant A Tree program.

Etnies, a shoe brand owned by Sole Technology, Inc., launched in 1986 and currently based in Lake

Forest, California. Former professional skateboarder Pierre André Sénizergues took over it in 1989 soon after his career in the sport ended, making it the first skate shoe company owned by a professional skateboarder.

One of the brand’s most popular skate shoe is the Etnies Scout, which is known for its light weight, breathability, and all-day comfort. The Scout is equipped with the brand’s STI Evolution Foam technology that makes it more durable, resistant to abrasions, and with a high-impact rebound cushioning, a thin mesh upper for breathable and moisture wicking fit, and an Ortholite insole for cushioned comfort.

It also features a Rap Bar and an elastic heel band for enhanced support. It debuted in August 2013 at Active Ride Shop and other retail shops across Europe and the US as part of the STI Evolution Foam Collection, and the brand's Buy a Shoe Plant a Tree project.

In 2016, the Etnies Scout evolved into the Etnies Scout XT. An upgraded model of one of the crowd’s favorite Etnies skate shoes, the Scout XT boasts additional features such as Memory Foam insoles, spandex internal tongue straps for a secure fit, and muted reinforcements on the heel and quarter panels for enhanced stability and support.

  • Rubber pods at the bottom for added stability, grip, and traction.
  • Fully lined lycra spandex interior keeps everything cozy inside the sneaker.
  • A breathable mesh upper keeps the feet well-ventilated.
  • A full lace-up closure secures the feet and is supported by elastic heel support that allows for convertible drop top access.
  • Etnies logo details are located on the tongue, side, and outsole.
  • Vegan-friendly sneakers that use all synthetic materials and water-based adhesives come in selected colorway options at $65 per pair. They can be identified through a ‘holy cow’ symbol that can be found at the bottom of the product description.


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