Verdict from 100+ user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • The Etnies Fader LS has a stylish silhouette. It has a great looking and nice design, attested by some of the buyers.
  • A good number of customers mentioned that the footwear offers a comfortable fit especially to those with more than an average-width size foot.
  • This pair of Etnies kicks is available at a very budget-friendly price.
  • Several reviewers lauded the shoe’s durability. Like other Etnies models, this iteration has an amazing quality that it could take a beating and still last a while.
  • This footwear is lightweight, commented by some purchasers.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The shoe runs small as per several wearers. Some had to replace a half size bigger to get a comfier fit.
  • A couple of testers complained concerning the shoe having a tad narrow fit on the toe area.
  • A user groaned against the plastic under the fabric at the back of the shoe. He is so disappointed that the plastic cuts into his Achilles heel.

Bottom line

Similar to other previous models, the Etnies Fader LS is a skate shoe that accommodates a comfortable experience. Up for grabs at a very affordable price, it has a classic and simplistic look and yet aesthetically appealing. It is a bang for the buck as the footwear offers the perfect combination of comfort, style, and performance that anyone wants.  Albeit a few had reported it as a bit snug on the toe area, buyers still chose to own a pair and hoped that they could soon achieve a more comfortable fit once the upper has stretched out.

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Good to know

With the slimmer version of the Fader, the low-top Etnies Fader LS has the classic yet modernized look. It has synthetic upper with perforations on the sides and the toe area, providing ample breathability. For an added comfort and support, the shoe is installed with an EVA insole and an egg-crate construction midsole.

This skate shoe is available in men’s sizing ranges from 5 to 15 in medium width. Although the shoe is built for men, ladies who still want to own a pair may try to order 1.5 sizes smaller than their usual size from the men’s sizing.

Accessible in a range of colorways, the Etnies Fader LS has a low-top silhouette that allows adequate ankle mobility. It has breathable upper with a stylish design, bold enough to mix and match different casual clothing. For a laid-back look, men can wear this shoe with their denim jeans, khaki pants or shorts and topped it with their favorite plain or graphic tees. Ladies, on the other hand, can also match it with their skirts, shorts as well as slim jeans along with their preferred tops.

Assembled with an egg-crate midsole, the Etnies Fader LS has excellent cushioning for impact resistance as well as protection against hard objects. It utilizes the die-cut EVA midsole to ensure an added comfort. It has the slimmer version of the Fader to make sure it is lightweight enough to execute some of the skateboarding tricks while the 300 NBS rubber outsole is responsible for making the excellent board control and grip possible. 

A footwear line based in Lake Forest, California, Etnies was founded by a couple of French designers in 1986. It was a developing brand in Europe when it was acquired by a former professional skateboarder named Pierre André Sénizergues. Sénizergues headed Etnies and created some of his signature designs such as Low-Top Rap, Lo-Cut, Senix, Scam, and Intercity shoe models. Subsequently, Sénizergues introduced the brand to the US. Currently, Etnies is now under the conglomerate of his company Sole Technology Inc.

As of 2013, Etnies releases a variety of signature models as well as sponsors professional skateboarders. The brand continues to develop shoes with innovative technologies that can be counted for its durability, style, and comfort. Apart from footwear, Etnies also launches an innumerable line of accessories and apparels while staying true to its environment-friendly values.

With a low-top silhouette, the Etnies Fader LS has the look of the classic version but less bulky. It has both bolstered eyestay and toe which ensure longevity and durability. The synthetic upper has a lace-up closure that provides a flexible and adjustable fit. Guaranteeing comfort, the tongue and collar are padded while the rubber outsoles provide an excellent grip.

  • The Etnies Fader LS utilizes the STI Foam Lite 1 footbed for cushioning and support.
  • The large Etnies’ trademark logo is visible at the lateral side of the upper.


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