Size and fit

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.

Etnies The Scam Style

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.

Notable Features

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 The Scam History

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.

Additional Info

  • 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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