Verdict from 100+ user reviews

10 reasons to buy

  • A whole lot of users were one in saying that the Etnies Jameson Vulc are surprisingly soft and comfy sneakers that you can wear all day.
  • The low-top Etnies shoes have a fresh and classic look that many reviewers loved.
  • A significant number of testers stated that the shoes gave an excellent fit.
  • Plenty of skaters claimed that the Etnies Jameson Vulc are durable shoes for low-impact skating or casual use.
  • These casual low-tops from Etnies earned praises from several users for the wide array of “amazing” colorways.
  • The Jameson Vulc are excellent skate shoes, according to some testers who were impressed by the ‘superior” board feel and how the sneakers flexed with the feet. They also noted that the low vamp and vulcanized construction made flip tricks very easy.
  • These sneakers are well-made and constructed, reported a handful of consumers.
  • A few people commended the grip of the Etnies Jameson Vulc which is great for BMX riding or skateboarding.
  • The shoes are very much worth the price, noted a couple of individuals.
  • One person commented that the sneakers are quite easy to clean.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Several users reported that the Etnies Jameson Vulc runs small.
  • High-impact skating will wear through the shoes quickly, some skaters claimed.
  • The Jameson Vulc needs some breaking in to feel fully comfortable, a couple of individuals said.
  • Two people complained about the small tongues of these kicks.

Bottom line

The Etnies Jameson Vulc is a stylish and solid shoe for lifestyle use or low-impact skating. These sneakers are comfy and have the right amount of padding to protect from jarring impacts. They also grip well on boards and bike pedals, provide a good board feel, and flex as smoothly with the feet. As a bonus, the kicks don’t cost much, and they’re available in many colorways.

The sneakers need breaking in, but that’s done in just a short period. They come small so a size adjustment may be necessary.

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Good to know

The Etnies Jameson Vulc is available in men’s and women’s versions. The men’s silhouettes are offered in sizes ranging from 5 to 14 while the women’s iterations are available in measurements ranging from 5 to 11. The shoes have a low vamp, and the tongues are small so make sure to keep laces securely tied to keep them on the feet. The shoes run small according to several reviews.

Buyers who would like to purchase a colorway available only for the opposite gender should keep in mind that men’s and women’s shoes have a size difference of 1.5. A 7 in women would only be a 5.5 in men’s while a 9 in men would be equivalent to 10.5 in women.

True streetwear is pretty simple. Hoodies, sweatshirts, and tees make up the bulk of skater tops. Logos and statements make each pretty distinct and let your personality shine through. Pair any of these tops with either straight-legged jeans or cargo pants. For days when you won’t be riding all day, luxe your trousers up a tad for a smooth change from sport to lifestyle.

The Etnies Jameson Vulc are minimalist and stripped down skate shoes in an era where most skating footwear have bulked up. The sneakers’ charm lies in their simplicity, yet their performance is nothing to be dismissed. The shoes provide excellent board feel by keeping the vamp closer to the feet. The famous RCT tread pattern keeps the soles grippy, and the STI Foam Lite insoles keep feet happy and comfy.

Etnies is a renowned skating brand that launched in 1986. Owned by pro skateboarder Pierre André Sénizergues, the company is now one major force to reckon with in and out of the skating circles.

The Etnies Jameson Vulc comes from their much-loved and popular Jameson silhouette. It is a slimmed down version of the Jameson 2 and features a low vamp for enhanced board feel and flick. It also has contains a grippy sole with their signature RCT tread pattern and an egg-crate construction midsole for improved impact protection. The uppers are either made of suede or a combination of suede and canvas.

  • The Etnies Jameson Vulc weighs about 425.2 grams per shoe.


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