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Etnies shoes was started in France in 1987 by Pierre André Sénizergues and is one of the oldest skate shoe companies to ever exist. Etnies were the first skateboard shoe brand to produce a professional signature model shoe (pro shoe) for Natas Kaupas in 1988. Natas was one of the pioneers of modern street skateboarding and helped put Etnies on the global map.
Throughout the years Etnies has been responsible for a lot of what has inspired newer skateboard brands and skate shoe companies. They have pushed the notion that skateboarder owned and operated can be successful.
Today, Etnies continues to give back in many ways, including the Buy a Shoe, Plant a Tree campaign. For every Etnies shoe sold in the Buy a Shoe, Plant a Tree collection they make a donation to the non-profit group Tree For The Future. This enables a tree to be planted in the Sao Paulo forest.
Etnies is represented by a diverse group of skateboarders in Ryan Sheckler, Barney Page, Chris Joslin, Matt Berger, Ryan Lay, Nick Garcia and Samarria Brevard. Etnies is also present in many areas of Action Sports. They have an Etnies team for BMX, Surf and Snow. Such models as the Etnies Marana and Etnies Jameson cross the boundaries of these Action sports and are suited for all.
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