Verdict from 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • According to a handful of reviewers, the Etnies RLS is simple yet good-looking.
  • Much like other Etnies shoes, some agree that the RLS is sturdy and definitely quality-made. 
  • Based on heaps of wearers, this low top sneaker from the Etnies is super lightweight. 
  • The comfort that the pair offers is very good, mention plenty of users. 
  • A lot of commenters have stated that these kicks can go with almost anything. 
  • Dozens of skaters say that the RLS sneakers skate pretty well. 

2 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of buyers have mentioned that they don’t quite like the length of the shoe’s laces. 
  • Some reviewers have commented that there are some quality control issues upon receiving the shoes. 

Bottom line

Taking an old school style,  the Etnies RLS skateboard sneakers are inspired by the original Etnies RSS style. One of Etnies' vegan skate shoes, it is in a lace-up style and is equipped with quality materials that provide long-lasting comfort and lightweight quality. 

Although there may be some cons to the RLS, it is proven that the pair is truly made of great quality and premium materials, providing great comfort and durability to the wearers. 

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Good to know

The Etnies RLS is offered in men’s sizing. It is suggested for one to go their usual size as the pair fits true to size. With a lace-up style, one can adjust the shoe for a more secure and custom fit.

Designed with a fully deconstructed and durable canvas upper, this gives these sneakers a classic yet minimalist look. Also, this low-cut silhouette is inspired by the original Etnies RSS style. It also has a lace-up style.

These sneakers are available in several colorways which are in black/white/silver, burgundy, navy/white, and grey/gum. With a very casual yet simple design, these shoes can be easily paired with many outfits. 

Etnies RLS is a fully vegan shoe. Featuring an egg-crate construction in the midsole, this provides lightweight cushioning. Moreover, it is also equipped with a die-cut EVA insole. The thinly padded tongue and collar lining add to the shoe’s lightweight quality and comfort. 

Additionally, the shoes have a low toe box that keeps the vamp closer to one’s foot. The whole upper of the sneaker sits on top of a vulcanized outsole with a Geo-Hex tread pattern that delivers flexible wear and optimum grip. 

Etnies was originally under the name Etnics. It is derived from the word "ethnic," a nod to the skateboarding sub-culture. Later on, it was renamed Etnies due to legal issues. Etnies is possibly the first company to introduce a signature pro model shoe to the market with the Natas Kaupus model in 1989.

Sims Freestyle pro Pierre André Sénizergues influenced and took charge of the company, making it the first skateboard shoe company owned by a professional skateboarder. He then commenced design work at Etnies shortly after the company’s formation. Sénizergues eventually introduced the brand to the US. He proceeded to build Sole Technology, with the addition of the Emerica and éS. The three brands have had some of the most iconic skateboarders in history wearing their kicks.

Among all his skateboard shoes, one of the pairs that are vegan is the Etnies RLS. The Etnies RLS is inspired by the RSS silhouette. The RLS is a fully deconstructed lace-up style and has a silhouette that’s low profile, as it sits on top of a vulcanized outsole. The Geo-Hex tread pattern provides an optimum grip with an egg-crate construction in the midsole. 

  • A triangle-stitched Ollie area provides extra protection. 
  • The shoes also feature a reinforced heel area. 


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