Etnies has decided to choose a vulcanized sole, medium tongue padding, and a longer one-piece toe cap. The similarities may be limited to the faux-leather side panelling. They look really good though and feel even better in some bright spring colors!
Etnies pattern on the Rap CT goes for more of the Future then the Heritage since its a vulcanized model. Though the irony may be lost on the kids who see vulc as the future and cupsole as the heritage. Funny how these trends recycle themselves.
The Rap CT’s canvas feels thick and sturdy but still flexes really well. The long toe has a great flick feeling to it. Ollie and flip-tricks and going to wear so you may want to buy some shoe-goo for these. The durability of the rest of the shoes components are going to outlast your ollie spot for sure.
After 3 skate sessions a small hole is opening up and this yellowish brown stain is coming up around from the foxing tape. It may be the effect of some glue residue and sweaty feet mixing and absorbing into the canvas.
Six sessions and a cranberry juice cocktail later; the top layer of canvas has ripped through. The lining is now showing. That extra layer of canvas connected to the lace cage is going to give some extra protection for the back ollie area. These need to get goo’d ASAP!
Despite a little staining and some ollie holes these shoes are still solid. Plenty of life left on the soles and overall they feel great. Sizing wise, the toes feel open. Not pointed and narrow. Overall the shoe runs about a quarter size larger.
Highly recommended but don’t forget the Shoe-Goo. Etnies, can we can some in an all synthetic-upper?
White size 5-14 $59.99
Blue size 6-14 $59.99
Black sizes limited $59.99
Grey sizes limited $49.99