Aside from looking totally bomb, these shoes come with a plethora of tech features built for the avid skater. Etnies installed a rubber bumper on the toe to help protect against the notorious wear caused by flip tricks. One of the coolest and most innovative features is the Lycra Spandex Heel, which virtually eliminates heel rub that often tends to cause blisters. It also offers the full range of motion that you would achieve in a low-top shoe without compromising ankle support. Simply genius.
Vulcanized - “Vulc” shoes are light, flexible and break in quickly. The sole consists of several layers of rubber, glued together then attached to the upper with rubber foxing tape. Vulcanized soles don’t provide as much foot protection or support as cupsoles, but they are preferred if you’re looking for good board feel in a shoe with less weight and bulk.
Foam Lite 1 Insole - Foam Lite 1 insoles are formulated with Ortholite and provide maximum long lasting comfort for your feet. The insoles also wick away moisture to keep your feet dry and contain a biocide to fight odor.
Gusset Tongue - Elastic gussets connect the tongue and the midsole, giving you a snug fit and keeping your tongue in place.
Lycra Spandex Heel - A lot of mid and high top shoes tend to rub against the Achilles heel causing blisters. Etnies had the brilliant idea of placing Lycra Spandex right in the spot where your heel would rub, giving you a more comfortable shoe that prevents blisters in the typical "problem area" without compromising ankle support.
PU Rubberized Toe Cap - Added durability where your shoe needs it most, this polyurethane material helps protect your shoes from the constant abuse you throw at it.
Egg-Crate Midsole - The Egg-Crate midsole construction provides added comfort and shock absorption.