With Fathers’ Day just a couple of weeks away, trainer specialist Etnies is showing off its ‘dad friendly’ attributes. Originally made to appeal to skaters, Etnies is stressing they are ideal for the ‘active dad’ lifestyle. Needing trainers for the summer months, I tried them out to see if they live up to this claim.
I say “I” tried them out, but we’ve done a bit more than that as a family. My daughters Helen and Izzy joined me by trying out the Etnies Lo-Cut CB style of trainers.
When I took them out of the box I thought they looked special. They’re a casual style trainer featuring a lace-up fastening and with a suede and textile upper. They also have a rubber sole which is black on the children’s shoes and white with Etnies logo on the adult version.
The trainers certainly turned heads. The children have had a couple of socially distanced playdates while wearing their trainers and each time they’ve been commented on.
You may be wondering how much these trainers cost. At the time of writing, you could expect to pay around £65 for men’s or women’s Lo-Cut CB trainers while the children’s come in at around£42.
Other ranges include Calli-Cut and the Joslin, all of which are a similar price (give or take a few pounds). All styles are available online direct from Etnies.
I should also say a few words about Etnies Buy a Shoe Plant a Tree campaign. If you buy certain ranges of Etnies shoes, the company will plant a tree. It’s a scheme the manufacturer has been operating since 2011 and thus far, 1.8 million trees have been planted in three continents. Look out for the label like the one in the image above.
In conclusion, the Lo-Cut CB are very comfortable and I have worn them while cycling, running, walking and doing all the usual active ‘dad stuff’. My kids, meanwhile, have run wild on playdates and had all sorts of fun wearing them.
They are very comfortable and very good quality. There are cheaper options out there, but I do always feel it is worth paying a few extra pounds for good quality shoes. If you are thinking of a getting a pair as a Father’s Day gift I;m sure they’d be received well.