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Having always been into board sports and never really into the white sports trainer look over the
last few years skate shoes or Converse are my usual trainers of choice for general use and the
same goes for my boyfriend and his son so between the 3 of us we've probably owned pairs from
most skate brands.
I bought myself a pair of Etnies Fader shoes last year after seeing them in a sale for £30 then
ended up buying a 2nd pair in a different colourway for my boyfriends son Ryan as well as he
seems to wreck shoes at an alarming rate so spares are always welcomed. The Etnies Faders
I bought were old seasons stock hence the low price but they looked good and as usual there
wasn't enough difference between the old stock and the newer model to warrant forking out
£56 for each pair.
The Fader skate shoes are quite chunky and padded with a suede upper and a chunky rubber sole
with decent shock absorption and good grip for skate use. The shoes are really comfortable and the padding provides enough support for skateboarding. The Faders come in a variety of colour
choices some very loud and some more discreet such as the all black or all brown ones. There's
Etnies branding on the tongue, heel and the large Etnies E logo which takes up most of the rear
part of the ankle to the heel
I've owned a few pairs of Etnies in the past and always found them to be decent quality and
they've lasted reasonably well but sadly these were a bit disappointing. Mine were worn almost
daily for work for around 2 months when the inner sole and lining started to fall apart and a couple
of weeks later Ryan noticed his were starting to do the same. Although I did wear these most days
for work and I do run around a lot when I'm working I don't skate these days apart from the
occasional play on a longboard so I was slightly surprised that due to the inner sole these were
wrecked in less than 3 months.
Ryan wore his for everything from running around on his skateboard or BMX to general wear but
like mine his were destroyed in less than 3 months as the inner lining and inner sole fell apart and
the shoes became uncomfortable to wear. The saddest thing is on both pairs of shoes
the suede upper and outer sole were still in good condition although Ryans soles were a bit
more worn where they've been rubbed down by the grip tape on his board the shoes would
have easily done him for a few months longer. We did try putting insoles in the faders but they
weren't much more comfortable due to taking up too much room in the shoes.
I must emphasise that this is the only problem I have ever had with Etnies skate shoes and
hopefully this was just a rogue batch. Although I've not owned another pair of Etnies since I
binned these Ryan currently has a pair of Etnies Piston which he's worn for around 6 weeks
so far with no problems.
Etnies Faders are available from £30 for older season designs to around £55-£60 for this
seasons. Overall I would recommend Etnies skate shoes but I'm not convinced I would
recommend or buy the Faders again or if I did it would be the newer ones in the hope
they've been improved.
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