Verdict from +100 user reviews

10 reasons to buy

  • The DC Heathrow is available in countless colorways.
  • This shoe pleased several reviewers because of its great price and overall performance.
  • It fits comfortable right out of the box, with or without socks, as claimed by heaps of reviewers. Some further highlighted that this is the most comfortable pair of shoes that they’ve ever worn.
  • The mesh material on the upper is applauded by many for making the shoe breathable and lightweight.
  • Some commented that this shoe looks as pictured.
  • Several reviewers found the cleatie construction of this shoe weird but in a good way since it gives them a more secure fit.
  • Some reviewers appreciated that the tongue does not uncomfortably slide to the sides because it is attached to the upper.
  • This shoe’s construction makes it easy to wear on/off, which is a plus factor for some reviewers.
  • Several purchasers were so pleased with the Heathrow that they already own several pairs in different colors.
  • Many reviewers said that the fit of this shoe is excellent. The top part material, in particular, is breathable, according to them.

5 reasons not to buy

  • Several reviewers stated that, like other low-top DC shoes, the Heathrow fits tight and snug, which could be an issue for wide-footed wearers.
  • Only a few stated that their DC Heathrow shoes tend to wear out fast.
  • One disappointing feature of this shoe is that it gets dirty quickly, claimed by some reviewers.
  • There were also several reviews noting that this DC low-top is not ideal to use as a skate shoe because of the minimal support it provides.
  • Some said that they were displeased with this shoe’s horrible grip on wet surfaces.

Bottom line

Besides style, one selling point of the DC Heathrow is its out-of-the-box comfort that most reviewers liken to wearing slippers. The microsuede and mesh upper combined with the UNILITE sole are an excellent touch for breathability and lightweight feel.

The drawback, though, is that the mesh is not as durable and tends to wear out quickly. Nevertheless, the DC Heathrow shoe remains a highly recommended pair by most buyers for its overall performance and attractive look.

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Good to know

The DC Heathrow is a unisex shoe available in men’s sizing in Standard or Medium width ranging from 4 to 14. It includes half sizes. For the ladies who wish to cop a pair of this low-tops, it is advisable to get 1.5 to 2 sizes smaller than your typical women’s sizing.

The fit is generally true to size, but the cleatie construction of this shoe tends to give a snug and narrow fit that most buyers, especially wide-footed wearers, find a bit unsatisfactory. Hence, for a more comfortable fit, a half or full size bigger than your usual will do the trick.

The shoe also features a lace-up closure, but it is mainly for aesthetics since the cleatie construction and the mesh upper already provides a fit that conforms to the feet.

The DC Heathrow is a low-top skate-inspired sneaker that boasts an athletic-yet-casual vibe in varying colors, prints, and materials. Microsuede reinforcements complete the mesh upper for breathable comfort that will take you to places. Minimal branding is visible on the tongue and side panels, which only adds to the shoe’s always-on-the-go character.

This low-top casual shoe from DC may appear timeless-looking with its minimal design and subtle colors, but it has its fair share of noteworthy features that earn the spotlight.

First off the list is the entire upper in cleatie construction and a combination of microsuede and mesh as primary materials – a perfect formula for a secure, lightweight, breathable, and extremely comfortable fit that your feet deserve. This already impressive upper sits atop a UNILITE midsole, which only adds more lightweight feel, flexibility, and comfort.  

Relatively a young shoe brand, DC Shoes, Inc. is known best for its skateboarding and snowboarding apparel, footwear, and accessories. It was founded in 1994 by Damon Way and Ken Block, and acquired by Quicksilver in 2004.

Today, its lineup still consists of popular skate shoes that professional and amateur skaters alike, and the rest of the sneaker market patronize. It also produces lifestyle or casual shoes that stay true to the brand's skateboarding or snowboarding heritage and one of such is the DC Heathrow.

The DC Heathrow is one of the brand’s highest selling and successful low-top shoe that first dropped in 2016. Its athletic-inspired roots are evident in its casual silhouette fit for everyday use, with lightness and utmost comfort that can be attributed to the microsuede and mesh upper and the UNILITE sole. The sock-like cleatie construction, on the other hand, ensures a snug and secure fit.

With its continuous triumph, the DC Heathrow further evolved into countless colorways and iterations that are all as successful as the original silhouette. Among these are the Heathrow Prestige, the Heathrow IA, and the Heathrow SE.

  • The UNILITE sole technology from DC is lightweight and flexible. It is designed to move with the feet with improved cushioning and impact protection.
  • The DC Heathrow also features an Ortholite footbed for added in-shoe comfort.
  • There is an internal toe cap reinforcement for additional support in the forefoot.
  • Also an added feature is a pull tab on the heel for easy on/off wearing.
  • This low-top shoe is also available in kids’ sizing.


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