Verdict from +100 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • The DC Pensford is a budget-friendly high-top skate shoe.
  • Some reviewers gladly reported that this skate shoe fits comfortably on foot once worn.
  • Many purchasers liked that the Pensford Hi fits just as great as other DC skate shoes.
  • The DC Pensford skate shoe is often described by many as “beautiful.”
  • The majority of reviewers left high ratings for this shoe’s overall performance.
  • A couple of reviewers commented that they would recommend this skate shoe to anyone.
  • The high-top construction of the Pensford gives ample support on foot, as stated by a couple of reviewers.

1 reasons not to buy

  • The DC Pensford skate shoe is offered in limited colorways.

Bottom line

Skate in a clean and classic style with the DC Pensford skate shoe. Designed with a leather upper, unique hook-and-loop ankle strap, and lace-up closure, the skate shoe obtained positive comments on its lockdown and secure fit that gives every wearer a comfortable ride whether on or off the board. Despite its bulky appearance, many still perceived the Pensford as a beautiful and stylish skate shoe that functions just as well for casual use.

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Good to know

If you are looking for a high-top performance shoe, then the DC Pensford should make it to your list. Its high-top construction is equipped with a hook-and-loop ankle strap that does not only deliver a lockdown and secure fit but also gives the shoe an added statement. A traditional lace-up closure is in place, which also includes a central loop tab for further securing one’s foot. Overall, this DC skate shoe is built to protect and support wearers on and off the board.

The DC Pensford Hi skate shoe is offered in men’s sizing that ranges from 6 to 14 in Standard or Medium width.

Skate in style with this DC high top kick. The Pensford skate shoe features a smooth leather upper with breathable mesh underlays and a signature hook-and-loop ankle strap that are not just functional but collectively results in a stylish overall makeup as well.  Although primarily designed for skating, this DC shoe would also pass as an excellent lifestyle shoe for everyday wear.

DC offers a high-top option for skateboarders by releasing the DC Pensford shoe as part of its autumn-winter footwear collection. The shoe’s high-top construction is supported with a hook-and-loop ankle strap with a “DC SHOE CO USA” text branding for superb ankle support and a lockdown fit. Another DC branding is displayed through the lace dubrae tag.

One of the world’s top leading footwear brands is the DC Shoes, Inc. or otherwise known as DC. Founded by Damon Way and Ken Block in 1994 and acquired by Quicksilver in 2004, it started as a brand that mainly focuses on producing performance skate shoes, but due to its popularity, it rapidly grew its product line to address the snowboarding market as well. To date, DC caters to men, women, and kids and produces footwear, apparel, and accessories for skateboarding, snowboarding, and lifestyle use.

Included in today’s lineup of DC skate shoes is the DC Pensford. It is a high-top performance skate shoe characterized by a hook-and-loop ankle strap with bold “DC SHOE CO USA” text branding. Its upper is well-reinforced and utilizes a combination of leather, suede, and nubuck. The high-top also features a cupsole construction, lace closure, removable insoles, and DC's signature pill pattern tread.

The DC Pensford is available in a number of colorways. The “White” one is a bulky yet clean-looking addition to one’s collection of white sneakers and offers flexibility in the styling department. There is also the DC Pensford “Black/ Blue/ White” and “Black/ Red/ White” which are both predominantly black with hints of blue or red, respectively, on the heel area, soles, and ankle strap.

  • The DC Pensford is sometimes referred to as the DC Pensford Hi or DC Pensford High-Top.
  • The shoe features a mesh lining for breathable in-shoe comfort.
  • This sneaker’s tongue and collar are both padded for added comfort and support.
  • The rubber outsole is in a cupsole construction and features pill pattern tread for optimum traction on any surface.
  • The DC logo is displayed on the sides, tongue, and soles.
  • Its toe box features perforation design accent which aids in keeping the shoe breathable and comfortable.
  • The insoles are removable.


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