Although at one point, a supposed "skater" shoe, people now just wear etnies because they're comfortable. Real skaters hate them - and who can blame them? It made it look like you could buy something they base they're lives on in a store! But they aren't considered skater shoes anymore, as a lot of people where them because A) they're comfortable, or B) last a long time. Of course, there's still posers who think they are *super* *hardcore* skater for buying (which they aren't), but it doesn't seem to make a difference anymore.
In my small-ass mountain town, everyone wore shoes like Etnies or Vans- and none of us even knew they were condsidered skate shoes (we wore them for comfort, and that they survived for years).