|etiko high tops in green – image from their website|
there was a hole in my shoe range that needed filling with something conversey. i’d seen etiko organic fair trade high tops and was keen to get a pair while i was in melbourne.
|why not get a fairtrade footy while you’re at it|
|my wife has her eye on the red low cuts|
the size and fit feels identical to the chuck taylors so if you own a pair of chucks and want some etikos then i could recommend buying off their website and just getting the same size as you already wear. i think perhaps the toe area is a little wider but not by much. i’d be a size 8 in chucks if it had a really wide toe area but i get a size nine to accommodate my monkey feet. i’m still a size 9 in etikos.
in the first couple days of owning the otiko sneakers i covered about 20kms on foot. i was in melbourne and there are some great walks i love to do. the walk from the city through the holy grounds of the mcg down to richmond is my favourite. the wife loves to walk through east melbourne and check out the amazing houses. the etikos neither fell apart nor looked terribly flagged after their long walk.
i find the soles of the chuck taylors to be a bit flat and they never really seem to mold to my foot. my poor flat arches cant cope with that so i use inserts in them to make them wearable. the sole of the etikos however is much better, being comfortable from day one and molding to my foot much like a leather sole does. i would never consider walking 20kms in chuck taylors but with the etikos it was no problem.
here’s the really good bit though for fixie freaks and single speed speeders, the natural rubber sole is much more tacky than your standard petroleum-based sole. the etikos hang onto your pedals and make for really good cycling shoe, especially if you’re using flat pedals like i do. as fixers it’s our duty to look good and set the sartorial standards and we really need to move beyond the skateboard shoes that have dominated casual cycling for so long. i’m putting up the etikos as the number one fixie shoes. just everyone get some or i’m going to look like a dick.
i’m very happy with my etiko all organic all fairtrade all wholesome sneakers. they look cool, feel comfortable, seem to be lasting well, are great on the bike and dont come at a cost — to myself or the workers — that i can’t support.
nb: notice that i haven’t used the term “ill kicks” anywhere in this review. that kind of hip talk is just embarrassing and shouldn’t be encouraged.
i bought my etikos at friends of the earth melbourne shop in smith street collingwood.