Summary

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8 reasons to buy

  • The DC Cole Signature Shoe is a budget-friendly sneaker.
  • Several users commented that the shoes felt very comfortable.
  • A few buyers said that it was a good-looking shoe.
  • A few users said that the DC Cole Signature Shoe was easy to break in.
  • Several purchasers said that the shoes had a great feel for skating.
  • One wearer said that the DC Cole Signature Shoe felt lightweight.
  • Multiple color options are available for the shoe.
  • One user said that the shoe doesn’t get easily dirty.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A few users didn't like the lack of arch support. 
  • A couple of users attested that the shoe wasn’t good for casual use.
  • A few buyers said that the DC Cole Signature Shoe wears and tears away quickly.  
  • Several purchasers said that the shoe runs small.

Bottom line

From DC's Heathrow Collection, the Heathrow Prestige is geared towards the casual modern lifestyle. It's a low-top designed with the brand’s classic skate-inspired silhouette. It’s also updated with lightweight construction for an active lifestyle.

Comfort was made a top priority, ensuring great mobility and easy break-in. It's available at a budget-friendly price, which is no doubt a plus with all the features it delivers. At the same time, some wearers have found that the shoe didn't last all that long.

Facts

Top: Low
Inspired from: Casual
Collaboration: Chris Cole
Collection: DC Casual Shoes
Price: $65
Colorways: Black, Blue, Grey
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

A top rated sneaker
A top rated DC sneaker

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Leather and suede are used in the upper of the DC Cole Signature Shoe, offering great support. Excellent ankle mobility is enabled through the shoe’s low-top design. The lace-up system secures the foot in place.

Sizes are available in US men’s 6-14, and the width comes in D or men’s medium.  The shoe generally fits true to size, however, a few opted to go a half size as the shoe may run small. There is some added padding on the low-top collar for comfort and a snug fit. The pull tab on the tongue allows the wearer to tie up the laces and secure the fit easily.

Functionality and style are well-balanced in the low-top DC Cole Signature Shoe. Its sturdy upper and classic skate silhouette design are geared for high performance. The shoe is best paired with pants or shorts and t-shirts, the characteristic laidback outfit of many pro skaters. 

There are perforations on the upper along the front and the side of the DC Cole Signature Shoe, offering breathability. To best facilitate movements in skating, the outsole is made to be more flexible. On the tongue is where the DC logo overlaid with Chris Cole’s signature can be found, while the original logo is on the side of the shoe. The leather upper is minimally designed to retain a classic look.

DC was founded by Damon Way and Ken Block in 1994. It originally meant “Droors Clothing," after one of their business ventures, which has since gone defunct. The name now stands on its own. DC was among the first to take full advantage of the endorsement of professional skaters. As a result, the brand is known for partnering with the best names in the skateboarding world.

Such was the case when the brand teamed up with Chris Cole. Cole is known for his clean-cut image and good nature, lending his laidback reputation and elite status to give credibility to skateboarding. While punk skaters and vandals gave skateboarding a bad reputation, Cole continued to showcase his talent and skills without any smear.

Cole created a positive impact and molded the character of skateboarding. He also made it his mission to produce individuals that are ambitious, innovative, and athletic. His passion is evident with each shoe he releases with DC, and the same is true with the DC Cole Signature Shoe. As part of Cole’s collection, the performance skate sneaker is designed to be worn on and off the board with grace and style.

  • Flexibility is emphasized in the cup sole, along with a clean toe design. 
  • DC’s trademark tread, the Pill Pattern, is used in the outsole.
  • The shoe has a textile lining and a rubber outsole.

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Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

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