Will update, if I can, as they get on in durability, but so far I'm loving the Suede toe and heelcaps. I'm a loose 9.5 with Vans and these are tight—in a good way. They fit well where my vans were a tad loose. They feel SUPER stable, locked in, nice and flat, solid grip. I lose a little board feel but they absorb the impact well so far.
These shoes are awesome. Thanks so much for making some Vegan shoes with faux suede Etnies! I've used them to skate in a couple of times but they're probably too nice for that so I'm gonna get another pair. I'm a 10/10.5 in Vans (I'm actually a 9.5 with a wide foot), so I bought a UK10 in these and they fit great - they were instantly comfortable. They arrived really quickly from mainland Europe too. AND the peeps at Etnies were really nice when I emailed them and asked about sizing. Nice one!