Verdict from +100 user reviews

10 reasons to buy

  • Many customers have attested that the Emerica Figueroa is an excellent skate shoe, whether laced or not.
  • Most of the reviewers, especially skateboarders, have mentioned that this sneaker offers a comfortable fit.
  • With solid construction, the Figueroa offers durability as testified by many purchasers.
  • Like other Emerica skate shoes, it has a stylish silhouette and impressive design, several buyers have expressed.
  • A few skaters have pointed out that this is a functional shoe that offers great ankle support.
  • With a cupsole construction, the low-top Emerica Figueroa delivers excellent board feel, several skateboarders have noted.
  • A few have said that this footwear accommodates people with wide feet.
  • It has a thick sole that provides impact protection and keeps the foot from bruises, a few wearers have testified.
  • Aside from skateboarding, the shoe is perfect for everyday activities, a couple of users have uttered.
  • With the internal fit system, this shoe gives a snug fit even without laces, some testers have pointed out. 

1 reasons not to buy

  • A few people with narrow feet say that the shoe fits too wide.

Bottom line

Made by a skater for skaters, the Emerica Figueroa offers an all-in package that is truly a bang for the buck. It has a minimalist style and versatile enough to match everyday outfits. Also, it is a lightweight and functional sneaker, providing support, cushioning, impact protection, and a superior grip.

It is built with an internal fit system that allows a snug fit even without laces. It has a cupsole construction with a triangle tread pattern that offers excellent board feel and keeps the foot steady.

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Good to know

Available in men’s sizing, this shoe is a part of Justin Figueroa’s skate shoe collection. It features a one-piece toe cap area that helps prevent blowouts. Also, it has a lightly padded mesh liner that gives more stability while the tongue stabilizing wings ensure that the foot is locked in place.

With the internal fit system, the shoe keeps the foot securely in place. You can use it as a slip-on and lacing it is optional. You can skate without the laces, and the fit is still precise. It also has a thin build that offers increased air circulation to keep the foot fresh. Also, it got the high-rebound EVA foam midsole that delivers shock absorption and comfort. 

Dress to impress with the Emerica Figueroa. With a slim and low-top profile, it has a one-piece toe cap that takes away any seam problems. It is designed as a slip-on sneaker. However, lacing it is optional since it is also built with a lace-up closure system with metal eyelets. It is available in different colorways including brown/white, black/white, black gum, grey/gum, and blue/gum.

Among the striking features of the Emerica Figueroa is the internal fit system which eliminates foot slippage because of the internal bootie that keeps the foot secured. It also allows for it to function as a slip-on sneaker. Also, it has a triangle tread sole that offers protection, durability, and a reliable grip.

Emerica was launched by Pierre Sénizergues in 1996. It is under the umbrella of the Sole Technology Inc, along with eS and Etnies. The brand name Emerica is the portmanteau of Etnies and America. In the fall of 1995, all Etnies shoes that were sold are shipped as Emerica footwear in the Spring of 1996. Also, Emerica is known as a more raw, simpler, and straight-ahead footwear brand compared to Etnies.

Among Emerica’s promising skate shoes is Justin Figueroa’s Pro model. With a thin build, the Figueroa shoe has a combination of durable suede and canvas uppers that offer foot breathability. It has an internal elastic fit system that ensures the feet to securely lock in place, making the use of laces to be optional. With a cupsole construction, it has a durable rubber outsole with Emerica’s triangle tread that offers a fantastic board feel and a perfect skate performance grip.

  • The foam-padded foam footbed comes in a colorfully striped design.
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.