Who should buy the DC Kalis Lite SE

The DC Kalis Lite SE is a special edition release of the classic Josh Kalis’ signature skate shoe. Constructed with a durable leather and suede upper, lightweight EVA tooling, a ghillie lacing system for easy-wearing, and a well-padded profile for added comfort, this low-top DC shoe might benefit you if:

  • You are looking for a pair reliable enough not only for skating but for casual and everyday use as well. 
  • You prefer shoes with a heavyset silhouette.
  • You are after a pair of skate shoes that could satisfy your 90s nostalgia.

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Fit and sizing

The DC Kalis Lite SE shoes are available in men’s sizing from US 6 to 14 with half sizes in between and in D Medium or Standard width. Since no women's sizing is available, the ladies are advised to get a pair of 1.5 sizes down their standard sizes.

The upper construction includes a combination of leather and suede that does offer not only long-lasting wear but also sufficient support and protection. On the tongue is a pull tab, which allows a more convenient on and off wear.

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The low-top DC skate shoe ditched the usual lace-up closure for DC’s ghillie lacing system for a snugger and more secure fit. In-shoe comfort is assured as well with sufficient padding around the collar. The low-top construction allows non-restrictive and flexible ankle mobility.

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Style of the DC Kalis Lite SE

The DC Kalis Lite SE is a low-top skate sneaker that boasts an old-school skate shoe vibe with its bulky-looking profile and subtle details that scream a signature ‘90s vibe. It is versatile and suits a wide array of outfits for both men and women.

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Some colorways available for the DC Kalis Lite SE shoes include camo, white/red/blue, black/dark grey, blue/black/grey.

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Notable features

Although toned down to fit the modern market trends, this special edition (SE) of the DC Kalis Lite shoes retained the signature features of the OG Kalis skate shoe for that authentic retro and classic skate shoe aesthetic. The signature Josh Kalis branding is still evident, as well as the classic DC ghillie lacing system.

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History of the DC Kalis Lite SE

Since its founding in 1994, DC Shoes Inc. has been producing quality skate shoes with the help of renowned professional skateboarders. One of these is Josh Kalis, a skate pro known for his “street skateboarding” skills. In 2000, DC released the JK1 sneaker as Josh Kalis’ iconic first signature shoe.

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Recently, DC gave a fresh lifestyle-ready update to the JK1 shoe through the release of the DC Kalis Lite. The Kalis Lite shoe took the classic silhouette and paneling of the original JK1, but with added runner-inspired sole unit and lessened weight and bulkiness. 

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Following the introduction of the modernized DC Kalis Lite shoes is a special edition release called officially as the DC Kalis Lite SE. Like its core model, the shoe features a ghillie lacing system, padded collar and tongue, EVA midsole, leather and suede upper, and DC signature pill pattern tread.

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Additional info

  • The DC Kalis Lite SE also features a lightweight EVA tooling and DC’s trademarked Pill Pattern tread which offers enhanced grip.
  • The shoe also has a runner-inspired cupsole construction. 

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Facts / Specs

Base model: DC Kalis Lite
Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Suede
Colorways: White / Blue / Black
SKUs: ADYS100382027 / ADYS100382110 / ADYS100382123 / ADYS100382173 / ADYS10038230 / ADYS100382960 / ADYS100382BG1 / ADYS100382XBKS

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