Size and fit

The Etnies Vanguard is available in men’s and women’s sizing. The shoe has a lacing system that allows a flexible fit and secure lockdown. With a sock-like construction, the mesh upper gives foot breathability. It is a lightweight shoe. 

This low-top sneaker has a moisture-wicking inner lining that ensures the foot fresh and dry. It has a low-top profile for sufficient ankle mobility. Also, it has a foam insole that provides excellent cushioning.

Etnies Vanguard Style

A training-inspired shoe, the low-top Etnies Vanguard has a one-piece upper that offers a fashion-forward design. It has a sock-like construction and slip-on design. 

This unisex sneaker is available in different color variations. Women can choose from black, charcoal, tan, and sage. Men, on the other hand, can pick from black/ white, navy/ blue, green, tan, grey, charcoal, and black. 

This low-top shoe can easily match joggers, cargo pants, track pants, leggings, distressed denim jeans, or cuffed pants. Ladies can wear this kick with their culottes, miniskirts, or minidresses, creating a more feminine look with a sporty vibe.

Notable Features

The Etnies Vanguard showcases trendy style and foot comfort for all-day wear. It offers a pillow-like comfort with its Memory Foam insole. It also features a lightweight and dense STI Evolution foam outsole that delivers long-lasting durability.

Etnies Vanguard History

Started in France, Etnies was established by a professional skateboarder named Pierre André Sénizergues in 1986. An American brand, Etnies, specializes in clothing and shoes for BMX and motocross riders, skateboarders, snowboarders, and surfers. 

Headquartered in Lake Forest, California, Etnies is under the conglomerate of the Sole Technology Inc, along with other companies like eS and Emerica. 

Etnies’ original name was supposedly Etnics. It came from the word “ethnic,” a nod to the sub-culture of skateboarding. However, it had some legal issues, so it was changed to Etnies instead. When Sénizergues took charge of the company in 1989, he made it the first company that is owned by a professional skateboarder. 

Among its exciting shoes is the Etnies Vanguard. It is a unisex sneaker with a lace-up design. With a sock-like construction, it allows a slip-on style for easy on and off. 

The shoe’s lightweight construction is made possible with the STI Evolution technology. Its fabric upper has reinforced quarter panels that ensure sidewall stability.

Nice to know

  • The Etnies Vanguard for women has flat velvet laces, while for men has round laces. 
  • It is a vegan shoe. 
  • Pull tabs at the tongue and heel are installed for an easy on and off. 
  • The mesh upper has a PU nubuck quarter panels. 

Facts / Specs

Top: Low
Inspired from: Casual
Closure: Laces
Material: Mesh, Rubber Sole, EVA / Fabric
Season: Spring, Summer
Features: Breathable / Vegan
Colorways: Black / Blue / Green / Grey / Beige

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.