Verdict from 59 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • The DC Evan Smith Hi Zero skate shoes are available in many colorway options that buyers could choose from.
  • This high-top skate shoe is easy on the budget, which is an advantage for most purchasers.
  • Many wearers agreed that this Evan Smith signature high-top is nice-looking and stylish without being flashy.
  • The majority of reviewers claimed that the DC Evan Smith Hi Zero is comfortable to skate in and also to walk in.
  • A few reviewers described this as “cool shoe.”

2 reasons not to buy

  • Several purchasers were disappointed that the tongue of this DC skate shoe is thin and flimsy.
  • The tongue design of this shoe worried a few wearers that it might not stay in place and cause discomfort.

Bottom line

The DC Evan Smith Hi Zero is one of professional skateboarder Evan Smith’s signature shoes from the American action sports footwear company. Its high-top construction gives the much-needed ankle protection when skating, while the deconstructed suede upper and signature rubber toe cap make it sturdy enough to handle every wear and tear of the sports. Also, it is released in several colorways so purchasers won’t have any difficulty with styling this shoe for casual use or skating. To top it all off, it is comfortable and comes with an affordable price tag.

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Good to know

The DC Evan Smith Hi Zero shoe is a men's shoe that comes in sizes 6 to 14 in D Standard width. It boasts a high-top construction, which gives skaters and casual wearers ample ankle support and protection, and a lace-up closure for a customizable and snug fit.

Released as part of the Evan Smith Initials Collection for DC is the DC Evan Smith Hi Zero. It is a high-top skate shoe that complements well different kinds of casual outfits because of its simple aesthetic and variety of color options. The upper flaunts a tonal suede and sits atop a contrasting white midsole (for most colorways).

This Evan Smith signature skate shoe from DC features a deconstructed silhouette that makes it less bulky than the regular DC Evan Smith Hi high-tops. The upper is made up of suede with tonal laces for a clean and minimal look. However, beyond its pleasing aesthetic are technologies that make it an ideal performance skate shoe for many. It features a built-in heel stabilizer for stability and added support, a rubber toe cap for increased durability, and DC’s Impact-I vulcanized outsole for durability and superior board feel and impact protection.

Since its founding in 1994, the DC Shoes, Inc. is a leading action sports brand that has been producing performance skateboarding shoes not just for professional and amateur skateboarders but casual wearers as well.

Part of the brand's active involvement in the skate community includes the formation of a skate team consisting of professional skateboarders with the likes of Danny Way, Josh Kalis, Wes Kremer, Brian Wenning, and Evan Smith among others.

Evan Smith is an American Global Pro Skater who joined the DC Skate Team in 2011. His first signature skate shoe by DC is the 2016 model DC Evan Smith S. It was the first DC shoe to utilize the Impact-I vulcanized sole technology that features inverted cones of a lower durometer rubber for optimum impact protection and excellent board feel. A high-top version called the DC Evan Smith Hi released afterward. 

The DC Evan Smith Hi shoes brought out several more iterations with varying materials or design construction. One of these is the DC Evan Smith Hi Zero that launched as part of the Evan Smith Initials Collection. It has a deconstructed silhouette with a suede upper, a traditional lace-up closure, rubber toe cap, a built-in heel stabilizer, and Impact-I vulcanized outsole.

In April 2018, the DC Evan Smith Hi Zero became part of the collaboration between DC and Tokyo-based streetwear brand Challenger. Its silhouette was redesigned for the spring with a military-inspired aesthetic in a canvas upper with full grain leather accents.

  • This shoe also features extra plush 7mm Ortholite insoles for superb in-shoe comfort and board feel.
  • The eyelets are of metal material for increased durability.
  • The tongue displays minimal DC branding.
  • The DC Evan Smith Hi Zero is Evan Smith’s favorite DC Shoe.


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