Verdict from 8.5 hours of research from the internet

8 reasons to buy

  • The majority of reviewers say that the Etnies Swivel feels comfortable.
  • Some reviewers are impressed that this low-top skate shoe is well-constructed and lasts a long time.
  • A few wearers say they like how this shoe breaks in quickly.
  • Many purchasers express that they are happy to have purchased this shoe from Etnies.
  • Lots of buyers comment that this is a beautiful-looking Etnies shoe. It has an awesome style, a few reviewers claim.
  • This shoe has lots of padding, which some users find beneficial.
  • The Swivel shoes have a wide range of colorways available.
  • This skate shoe is affordable.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Lots of reviewers state that the Etnies Swivel fits a little tight on the toes until broken in. 
  • Some purchasers are disappointed that the Swivel has no retention band under the tongue to keep it in place.

Bottom line

The Etnies Swivel is a new skate shoe model that fuses an old-school appeal with modern skaters-approved technologies and features. The bulky look equates to tons of padding on the tongue and collar, which only adds comfort to the shoe’s well-constructed profile. 

Aside from the comfort and stylish look, buyers like how this shoe is affordable, easily break-in, and with many colorways available. However, like other Etnies shoes, the Swivel fits narrow in the toe box.

User reviews:

Like most skate shoes, the Etnies Swivel boasts a traditional lace-up closure that can be adjusted for a customized and snug fit. However, it lacks an elastic band under the tongue to keep it from sliding to the sides. The tongue and collar are both sufficiently padded for added comfort, support, and protection.

Aiming for an old-school skate look comes easy with the Etnies Swivel. Tons of padding around the ankle and tongue adds character to this low-top’s street-ready look, not to mention a wide array of colorways that buyers could choose from. The upper consists of a mix of materials including nubuck, synthetic materials, and mesh, while the die cute quarter arrow logo inspired by classic Etnies models only radiate an authentic skate shoe vibe.

The Etnies Swivel flaunts features that make it a stand out among the modern-designed skate shoes in the current market. For one, it has this old-school and bulky exterior inspired by classic Etnies skate shoe models which can be attributed to tons of padding around the collar and tongue. Aside from this, this shoe also boasts a die-cut quarter arrow logo that is also a nod to the classic models from the brand. Down the sole is an egg crate constructed midsole and a 300 NBS rubber outsole.

Etnies is a footwear brand owned by Sole Technology, Inc. Founded in 1986, its original brand name was “Ethnics” from the word ethnic but later renamed to “Etnies” due to legal matters. Former skateboarding world champion Pierre André Sénizergues acquired the brand in 1989 and fused it together with his three other brands, èS, Emerica, and ThirtyTwo, under the Sole Technology, Inc. conglomerate.

One of the newest skate shoes from Etnies is the Etnies Swivel, a low-top shoe with bulky exterior and built to withstand every wear and tear of the sport. Its design was inspired by Etnies classic models with the likes of the Fader and the Marana. Among its distinctive features are Foam Lite 1 insoles for enhanced comfort and a midsole with an egg crate construction.

  • The Etnies Swivel also features Foam Lite 1 insoles.
  • This shoe is released as part of the Future Heritage collection along with other notable Etnies models such as the Fader, the Kingpin, the Scam, and more.

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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.