Verdict from 90 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • The DC Heathrow IA is available in multiple color options.
  • One wearer got compliments every time the shoe was worn.
  • Most users found the low-top DC Heathrow IA comfortable.
  • Many reviewers agreed that the sneaker is very stylish.
  • The sneaker is budget-friendly.
  • A couple of buyers felt that the DC Heathrow IA was lightweight.
  • One purchaser concluded that the shoe was much improved from the previous Heathrow model.
  • A couple of users felt that the DC Heathrow IA was great for everyday wear.

5 reasons not to buy

  • One user complained about the lack of reinforcement at the heel.
  • Several purchasers felt that the DC Heathrow IA runs narrow.
  • One reviewer pointed out that the shoe lacked vents and was not breathable.
  • A couple of buyers said that the shoe started to squeak after a few uses.
  • A few wearers said that the DC Heathrow IA didn’t last very long.

Bottom line

From DC Shoes’ Heathrow Collection comes the Heathrow IA, a skate-inspired shoe designed for casual use. Comfort trumps everything in the sneaker along with a classic silhouette for a timeless style. Sporty yet laid-back, the low top is great for everyday wear.

The shoe doesn’t offer much in the way of heel reinforcement and is not as breathable as other models. Several users have also found that the sneaker runs narrow. With a budget-friendly price, the shoe is worth looking into when it comes to high-performance skate footwear that can also transition into casual use.   

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Good to know

US men’s sizes from 6-14 in D or medium width are available for the low-top DC Heathrow IA. Available women’s sizes are from US 5-11, and the width is also in medium or B. The shoe generally fits true to size. However, some users opted to go half a size up after finding the shoe too narrow.

The upper is made up of a combination of leather and nubuck suede, which provides considerable support. Meanwhile, the low-top design allows for more foot mobility. Its minimal, futuristic-looking lace system ties up the shoe securely.

Different color combinations are made available for the DC Heathrow IA low-top shoe, all of which fit the modern lifestyle. The shoe has a sporty look that goes well with shorts and pants along with t-shirts. With its unique, versatile, and trendy style, the shoe is great for experimenting with different outfits.

On the Heathrow IA’s tongue and side is the highly recognizable DC logo. It has a distinctive airbag design on the sole that improves performance while providing comfort. The upper is modestly styled with a minimal three-eyelet lacing system that looks modern and distinctive.  

DC Shoes Inc. was founded in 1994 by Ken Block and Damon Way. The name initially meant Droors Clothing, a brand established by Ken Block. Today, the DC brand is best known for producing action sports footwear, such as for snowboarding and skateboarding, along with apparel and other accessories.

Ever passionate about skateboarding shoes, the company is known for partnering with many top skaters for collaborations and endorsements. Over the years, the brand has also dabbled in casual shoes for the modern lifestyle, releasing collections for women and men who are on-the-go. 

The DC Heathrow Collection is “engineered for performance, designed for life.” With this principle in mind, the low-top DC Heathrow IA from the collection was updated to include performance-enhancing features. It has three different-sized airbags that protect against impact and heel bruising, resulting in overall comfort. High-class materials and classic colorways are used in the athletic-inspired shoe.     

  • A secure fit is ensured with the full cleatie construction.
  • To provide structure in the forefoot, the internal toe cap is reinforced. 
  • Ortholite technology is used in the footbed for extra cushioning. 
  • The UNILITE™ midsole offers lightweight and flexible support and comfort.
  • Pods in the rubber outsole provide traction.
  • The shoe uses performance-enhancing Impact-A™ technology, which incorporates a urethane airbag that offers impact protection and premium cushioning.


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