Verdict from +100 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • The Etnies Cartel is found at a wallet-friendly price range.
  • The majority of the reviewers shared that the Etnies Cartel is exceptionally comfortable.
  • A couple of buyers mentioned that this pair has reliable durability.
  • The board grip is superb, shared few skaters.
  • Several wearers praised the high-quality materials applied to this footwear.
  • The excellent cushioning of the Etnies Cartel has been cited numerous times in the reviews.
  • This pair is offered in various colorways.
  • Several respondents highly recommended this footwear.
  • This sneaker runs true to size.

1 reasons not to buy

  • The Etnies Cartel is a tad narrow for few reviewers.

Bottom line

The Etnies Cartel displays simplicity packed with comfortable and durable elements fitting for onboard abuse. Many reviewers praised its puffy design that provides ample cushioning and the premium craftsmanship for lasting sneaker life. Few skaters also lauded its reliable grip that allows them to have better control of the board. Overall, the Cartel exhibits elements that will elevate one's skate performance and street fashion style while staying affordable.

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Good to know

The unisex Etnies Cartel is presented in men's sizing from 5 to 14 US in medium width. Women are advised to purchase 1.5 sizes up their regular fit for comfier and more secured strides. The lace-up closure provides adjustable fit aided with a heel pull tab for easy entry.  Meanwhile, the tongue and the collar are well-padded for maximum comfort and support.

The heavily-padded low-top Etnies Cartel displays a vibe highly influenced by the early 2000s fashion. The upper is made of premium leather with synthetic overlays for added style and durability. This sneaker is offered predominantly in black accented with several colors on its details for added character.

Many skaters and even non-skaters love styling this fashionable kick with loose jeans, an oversized t-shirt, and a nice cap. Meanwhile, some prefer wearing this with skinnies or shorts to give this sneaker maximum exposure.

Many reviewers loved the generous padding on the tongue and collar of the Etnies Cartel. This style is reminiscent of the fashion during the early 2000s when chunky kicks reigned the market. Etnies fashioned their Cartel skate shoe as such for it delivers better support and comfort on and off the board while providing a stylish look.

Etnies was initially introduced in France in 1986 as a manufacturer of shoes and apparels for global action sports such as skateboarding, motocross, BMX, and surfing. It was first dubbed as 'Etnics' but renamed to Etnies due to several legal concerns. Pierre-Andre Senizergues took over the company after his retirement as a professional skater, making the Etnies as the first ever brand managed and owned by a professional skater.

Since then, Etnies has stayed authentic to its commitment to crafting innovative products with utmost style, comfort, and durability. The company sponsors several world-class skateboarders, surfers, snowboarders, motocross and BMX riders while incessant in giving back services to various communities.

Currently, Etnies is now based in California and an affiliate of the Sole Technologies Incorporated. The brand is now deemed one of the top brands that releases high-performance footwear and apparels around the globe. The brand has expanded and presently offers t-shirts, jackets, sweatshirts, jeans, shorts, and many other accessories.

One of the latest addition to the Etnies family is the Cartel silhouette. This model features clean elements on its upper with its innovative 300 NBS rubber cupsole. The brand added a few reinforcements to make this shoe more enduring, and generous cushioning to make this pair a lot comfier.

  • This pair has triple-stitched toe cap for added durability.
  • The STI Foam Lite Level 1 footbed is abrasion-resistant and provides high-rebound strength on its soles. This lightweight evolutionary technology was fabricated through the molding process, yielding a no waste product.
  • This pair has 300 NBS rubber outsole with flex grooves for consistent traction on various surfaces.
  • This sneaker has a well-ventilated mesh lining for better breathability.


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