Size and fit

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.

Etnies Cartel Style

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.

Notable Features

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 Cartel History

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.

Additional Info

  • 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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