Verdict from 100+ user reviews

11 reasons to buy

  • A large number of reviewers felt how comfortably light Etnies The Scam shoe on the feet.
  • Various skaters say they appreciate the snug fit of the low-top sneaker that was molded from a slimmer last compared to the original version.
  • The removable Foamlite 1 insole made a lot of difference for this sneaker when it comes to the lightweight feel and improved internal comfort, many wearers posted.
  • Numerous wearers say the shoe felt stiff at first use but felt molded to the feet and comfy after break-in.
  • A few customers like its budget-friendly price of $60 for a durable and quality sneaker.
  • Several buyers say they decided to order a pair because it has a wide range of colorways to choose from to suit their fashion tastes and needs for styling.
  • Some skaters say the Etnies The Scam sneaker had a firm grip and traction that allows them to have a better boardfeel to manoeuver their skateboard for higher jumps and tricks.
  • An overwhelming majority of users commended the durability of the sneakers from the but-seamed vintage toe cap to the
  • The low-top sneaker has excellent flexibility with the cupsole providing shock protection for board jumps, one reviewer noted.
  • Some users like the durable one-piece toe cap as it keeps the shoe intact and lasts longer despite several bumps.
  • A handful of observers like the crisp look of the shoe and the smooth suede material used in the upper.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The perforations on the medial side of the sneaker did not help as much in cooling down the suede sneaker.
  • Some reviewers say the Etnies The Scam sneaker felt tight and could have been better if it felt comfy at the first few days of use.
  • One reviewer says it would have been better if the sneaker added extra padding on the side, collar, and tongue to protect against bumps and jumps.

Bottom line

Resurrecting an iconic skate shoe from the 1990s was never a bad idea for Etnies when they released The Scam. Designed by Etnies founder and former professional skateboarder Pierre André Sénizergues, Etnies The Scam shoes offers an updated design with a slimmer profile. Also improved is the iconic cupsole developed by Sole Technology with durable toecap, breathable walls, and minimal tongue. In spite of the stiffness of the Suede upper, the shoe easily molds to the shape of the feet after breaking-in and costs budget-friendly pricing of only $60.

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Good to know

The snug fitting Etnies The Scam has retained its low-profile silhouette from the original design with a slimmer toe area as a result of an updated last that was made thin to make a narrow fitting sneaker. With a light padding at the collar and tongue, the low-top skate-ready sneaker is lightweight and comfortable to wear daily. Available sizes range from US size 5 to 14 for men and 5 to 11 for women with half-sizes for accurate fitting.

First look at an iconic skate shoe silhouette, and you’ll get hooked with the pure finish and sleek profile of Etnies The Scam. The myriad of colors of this classic silhouette allows the wearer to express their style.  The scam is more than just a skate shoe as its modern design will enable one to customize their style. The low-top casual skate shoe is more than just for the lanes in a skateboard as its classic silhouette, and suede upper provides for style experimentation from casual clothing to street-style fashion.

As this suede sneaker is available in both men’s and women’s fitting, the clothes that match perfectly with this style varies. Women may opt to wear them with skinny or tattered jeans while men may wear loose shorts or slim pants with this retro skate favorite.

Remarkable features of this updated design include a Foam Lite 1 insole that keeps the entire sneaker lightweight and a slimmer construction as a result of a narrower last or mold. With a midsole egg-crate construction, the shoe has reliable die-cut EVA cushioning and a rubber cupsole that has an exceptional grip on the board and has butt-seamed and one-piece vintage toe cap for added durability.

Etnies has been a leading American active sports footwear manufacturer that was founded in the 1980s. The footwear brand operates its headquarters at Lake Forest, California and owned by Sole Technology Inc.  Since it was established, the company has been releasing favorite skateboarding shoes, BMX,  and sponsoring professional skateboarders and riders with their footwear.

Established in 1986 and owned by Pierre André Sénizergues who took over then European brand after designing shoes like the Senix, Scam, Lo-Cut, and Low Top Rap, among other models. Sénizergues eventually helped introduce the company as a skateboarding shoe brand by founding Sole Technology Inc. in the United States.

As part of the Future Heritage collection, the Etnies The Scam was released in 1993 with a revamped look for the Spring 2018 with other designs of the brand together with other classic models like the Etnies Fader, Etnies Cartel, Etnies Metal Mulisha Fader, and Etnies Fader Vulc among different iconic silhouettes from the famous skate shoe brand.

The Scam is a revamped version of the 1990s skate design of Sénizergues which is given a modern treatment for today’s market. The initial plan had three stripes on the sides which was eventually reworked by Sole Tech designers to prevent copyright issues with the original silhouette’s panels and was changed to five perforations as ventilation. The sleek design also includes an egg crate midsole for additional cushioning.

  • Medial walls of the low-top sneaker are perforated for added breathability.
  • The Etnies The Scam has a die-cut EVA insole.
  • The classic cupsole construction and the suede upper material assure durability of the footwear.


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