Etnies Reintroduces A Classic Skate Shoe & Debuts A New Technical Team Model

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 and select retailers.


  1. @The_sk8_nerd79

    February 28, 2017 5:24pm

    Awesome article as always! RL always providing great insight in what we, as skaters, put on our feet! Much respect to soletech/es/etnies for not only providing us with innovative and stylish tech shoes, but also classic skate designs and re issues! I’ll also use this to shout out State, HUF, c1rca, Globe, DC, Lakai as well. You are on the RIGHT side of skateboard footwear.

  2. Dr. Robert Doback

    February 28, 2017 8:13pm

    Stoked Etnies is listening to the market and bringing in some modernized classic silhouettes. The Scam looks really clean. The Helix looks pretty damn ugly, but regardless looks like it skates good.

  3. Alraunen

    March 6, 2017 12:10pm

    The Helix looks amazing, bringing back the futsal vibes. But the price in Europe is 110€ and this is a lot of money for a fucking skate shoe… 🙁

  4. Dr.Graffenberg

    March 6, 2017 3:31pm

    I really wish companies would start listening to #realfans of OG shoes. DC is going to start bring out actual OG models next year and I wish eS, etnies and Circa would do the same.

    • tomisrad

      March 6, 2017 6:26pm

      Are they really? Like Rudy 2’s and Kalis ones? Real Lynxs? I doubt it would be rad though!

  5. tomisrad

    March 6, 2017 6:26pm

    I love the Helix, that looks like something I would skate in!


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