There’s a strong feeling when you get a package of shoes from Etnies to review. Skater owned shoe companies are by far the only option for my feet and Etnies being one of the leaders in this field usually never let me down. Etnies’ latest pro shoe once again deliver the comfort on the highest level straight out of the box.
These stylish canvas beauties sporting Tyler Bledsoe’s signature bring a new twist to his first pro shoe. They are low. Way low. Cushionwise, the Bledsoe Low rocks the party. Super comfy and tough on the touch. No flappy shoe business going on here whatsoever, just pure comfort. They come up slim with a lace locking system and toggle that you can take out if you don’t fancy it, but it does the job and tightens your ride. I don’t recommend skating vert with this in your shoe though, but when was the last time you saw Specs on a 14ft tranny? Exactly. He rules the streets and brings a smile to his game the width of an Alien Workshop deck, just as you will when your toes slip into his new pumps.
Etnies have rolled out a video of their new Spring 2012 collection overnight. Get an insight of what shoes and clothes will be heading into stores over the Spring period from this team shoot featuring Ryan Sheckler, Jose Rojo, Devine Calloway and more.
Mark Baines has joined the Etnies UK team today and has filmed a new winter edit that you can watch below.
Speaking on the etnies website this week, Baines discusses the various changes he has gone through in terms of sponsorship:
“Yeah it’s been a pretty crazy few months. It really made me look at my overall situation. I was on the full DVS team, but I felt like I was lost in the mix. Before that it felt like we had relevance even though we were on the Euro thing they had set up, but at least we knew our place kind of thing? Basically with leaving DVS and Blueprint focused and based in America I felt like it wasn’t right for me and where I’m at currently. The decision to leave Blueprint was so tough because these are some of my oldest friends, but I had to do what was right for me. Being part of Fabric Skateboards, which is focused on the UK and Europe made sense. The one thing that always made Blueprint stand out was that it wasn’t just another American company and I guess I still think of it in that way. This year I’m just carrying on skating as I always have, nothing changes. My problem is that I always said you should always aim to put out better parts than your previous one and once you’re way off the mark then its time to have a rethink, I am still trying to put out better parts and I have that same drive so I just want to bring all that to etnies. Give me a project and I’m happy.”
Barney Page and Charles Collet are the latest 2 Etnies riders picked to share spots as part of the Tale of Two Cities video features. Due to injury, Charles had to unfortunately duck out of the trip to Exeter so Paul Cooper and Caradog made up for it with a session in Bristol before Barney flew to Grenoble for a session in Charles’ home town and Birthday celebrations.
Dive in for more Barney Page goodness and check out his well deserved signature shoe out now on Etnies.
It’s that time of the year when the Summer is kind of on it’s way out, but there’s always a chance of the good old Indian summer greeting us this September if we are lucky. If that is the case then the evenings are going to start to get a little colder, so you may want to look for a good quality jumper to wear over your t-shirt to keep your body warm after an evening skate.
Etnies have a decent and simple solution available in your local skater owned shop right now with their Classic Crew. The 80% cotton 20% polyester keeps the warmth whilst this mix also feels super comfy as you would expect. My sweater is actually bergundy red in colour but also comes in grey, blue and black. There’s a classic embriodered etnies logo on the chest plus another branded logo stitched on the front that has information about the serial number on it. It’s the sort of info that you find inside a clothing garment and for me personally wasn’t needed, but if this doesn’t bug you then I can guarantee you will be stoked on this purchase which has now become a weekly part of my life.
Have you noticed how the quality of Etnies clothing has been upped over the last 2 years? This Bakersfield shirt is just one recent example of this Summer’s range, this time designed as part of the Devine Calloway signature label package that has been released in your local skate shop.
This long sleeve shirt feels super comfy when worn thanks to a mix of 55% cotton 45% polyester. It comes with 2 breast pockets, an inner tab so you can peel back your cuffs and comes in the wonderful colourway that you see on this page. Smart, comfortable, well stitched and worth looking into. Out now.