etnies & Ryan Sheckler launch a versatile new Estrella

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When etnies and Ryan Sheckler sat down to design his eighth pro-style sneaker, the celebrity skater knew he wanted one thing above all else: versatility. Sheckler is a busy man and he can’t waste his time changing shoes for every possible situation, so he wanted a shoe designed for skating, training and relaxing.

“I designed the Estrella to be versatile, I wanted to be able to train in the shoe, skate in the shoe, and hang out in the shoe,” says Sheckler. “Pretty much everything I do on a daily basis; I can do in this shoe.

Sheckeler has worked with etnies for 25 years, and during that time the two have become almost synonymous with each other. It’s hard to imagine etnies without conjuring up an image of Sheckler sliding easily down a rail and it’s impossible to imagine the skater wearing any other shoes like he does. “I’ve lived my life in etnies shoes,” Sheckler says. “Everything I’ve done in my skate career has been in etnies shoes.”

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The most intriguing part of the expertly crafted sneaker is with this in mind: the star-shaped mandala on the 400 NBS rubber outsole. If the design looks familiar, that’s because it’s based on the mandala tattoo Sheckler has on his leg. Mandala designs are often spiritual in nature, as they traditionally represent the entirety of the universe. By using the mandala in the Estrella’s design, Sheckler not only prints something cool he loves onto the shoe, he connects with his heart and what he finds important. This is a really cool feature that shouldn’t be overlooked.

In the video below, you’ll see how the Estrella handles whatever a pro skateboarder demands of it, while looking pretty darn sharp on the ride. You can pick up the Estrella on etnies.com.

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