There’s no question that Etnies has been paying homage to their rich and popular history for the past couple of years now. With the market begging for renditions of older models, there’s no way Etnies wasn’t going to have a say in this hit-or-miss trend, and this year is no different.
Their court-inspired offering, the Scam, is a modernized version of the classic shoe. In the same vein as Sole Tech brethren éS and the Accel Slim, Etnies took their original 1993 Scam and reworked it for today’s market. Considering the potential 3 Stripes copyright issues with the original version‘s paneling, the ventilation perforations now number 5, and with a slim build and that amazing egg crate midsole, there’s little to complain or worry about.
The Scam has been re-released and modernized for today’s skateboarding. It’s available now in white, hunter green and black (as well as women’s sizes/colorways), each for a very reasonable $60.
On the non-reissue end comes the brand new Helix, a technological marvel employing advanced elements throughout the entirety of the shoe. The flow-molded polyurethane vamp protects the entire toe and goes under the suede toecap, providing a sigh of relief for those of us who have a particularly harsh flick and tend to put new ventilation holes in toecaps of lesser-protected shoes. That comfy STI midsole and a nice ventilated collar (with pull strap for good measure) ensure you get what you pay for.
Each Helix colorway represents a team rider – grey/black for Sylvester Eduardo, red for Trevor McClung and black/white/gum for Barney Page. MSRP for the Helix is $90.
Both models can be found at etnies.com and select retailers.