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    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

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    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

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    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.


    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

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    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

  • Collection

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    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

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The DC Pure XE is a low-top skate shoe with sufficient padding around the collar and tongue for the much-needed foot protection from skateboarding. It displays a traditional lace-up closure for a customizable fit and a cushioned footbed for added in-shoe comfort. Overall hold and support are great, considering the ample reinforcements all throughout the upper. It is offered in men’s sizing from 6 to 14 in Medium width. Half sizes are available from 6.5 to 11.5.

Most skate shoes today are minimally constructed for a lightweight ride, and this makes the DC Pure XE a standout. Boasting an old-school skate shoe vibe, this low-top secure abundant padding surrounding the collar and the tongue which makes it appear a bit bulky. Despite its chunkiness, it still looks great when worn with jeans or shorts for skateboarding or even for a casual day out.  

The DC Pure XE is one of the favorite skate shoes by many because of three main functions: it is comfortable, functional, and stylish. On the upper is a mix of suede and leather with varying prints and colors depending on the colorway. Also featured is DC’s DGT, otherwise known as the Dynamic Grip Technology, sole for optimum grip and traction. Added protection and sturdiness is ensured with this shoe’s performance cupsole construction.

Known prevalently for its top-of-the-line performance skate shoes, the DC Shoe Co. started as a footwear leg of Droors Clothing before being acquired by Quicksilver in 2004. Founded in 1993 by Ken Block and Damon Way, the brand slowly established itself in the skate community by producing high-performance skate shoes and forming an elite skate team.

Today, the DC Shoe brand features products that include footwear for men, women, and kids, apparel, and accessories for skateboarding and snowboarding. Its product line of skate shoes remains significant in the skate community with constant releases of skate shoes that allow wearers to perform in style.

One of the established DC skate shoe that has been on the market for so long is the DC Pure model. Many loved its aesthetics, but above all is the features that make it a functional skate shoe with comfort and protection on and off the board. Like any other successful models, releases of different iterations of this model is inevitable. Throughout the years, several versions of the Pure have been released including the DC Pure XE.

The DC Pure XE resembles the base model DC Pure, with its chunkiness from the sufficiently padded tongue and collar, and ample reinforcements. But, with this iteration, wearers get more stylish with the fun textures and prints incorporated on the upper, while having a protected and comfortable ride. The DC Pure XE is available in multiple colorways.

  • The eyelets are of metal material for added durability.
  • The toe box features perforations for ventilation.
  • DC brandings are visible on the tongue, side walls, and heel.
  • The rubber outsole has the DC’s signature pill pattern tread.