Verdict from 100+ user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • Cushioned: Skaters enjoy the impact-absorbing makeup of this cup-soled shoe
  • Stable boardfeel: Skate testers confirm they can comfortably maneuver their boards using this skate shoe.
  • Soft insole: Its cushy OrthoLite insole makes it perfect for skating, walking, and working.
  • Grippy: Its bottom pill-patterned rubber offers stability. It allows skaters to get their feet planted from heel-to-toe on the board.
  • Slim: It still has the puffy tongue but compared to most skate sneakers by DC, this style is noticeably less bulky.  

3 reasons not to buy

  • Missing pull tab: Weartesters hoped it had the nylon pull tab found on the DC Lynx.
  • Lacks breathability: Its ventilation holes aren’t sufficient enough as it can get the feet sweaty still when skateboarding.
  • Narrow: Partly constricting as it offers less wiggle room compared to the OG Lynx. As per one avid DC user, this kick has a tighter fit than the Court Graffik

Bottom line

Think of affordability, function, and lightness, and you’ve got the DC Lynx Zero skate shoe that hits it out of the ballpark. It’s one of the less beefy options from DC’s skate line that still gives out tons of comfort and support, especially for narrow-footed wearers. Broad-footed ones might need to refer to the original DC Lynx to ace those board flips without hurting their feet.

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DC Lynx Zero says goodbye to puffiness

Skate-centric brand DC takes us back to the golden era of skateboarding by putting its 1998 skate star DC Lynx on the racks once again. Appearing in a partly slimmer build and sitting lower than the original pair is the reworked DC Lynx Zero. DC Lynx skate icon was initially conceptualized to keep up with the abrasiveness of the street sport while offering that street-ready soul. 

With form and function rolled into one, Lynx quickly became a sought-after DC shoe, which even got the nods of pro skaters Stevie Williams and Josh Kalis. DC pays homage to the street culture dominated by hoods by making the DC Lynx more appropriate as a sports shoe and everyday styling staple. On top of that, skate newbies can snag this without going over their budgets as it falls within the market's cheapest range of skate shoes

What’s new?

  • DC stripped down the amount of rubber on the sole while still offering the needed boardfeel.
  • It’s less bulky-looking and less puffy than the previous models, given its narrower build.
  • It comes lighter than the OG weight- and price-wise.


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