Verdict from +100 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • Numerous pleased reviewers said that they liked the colors and style of the DC Trase
  • A few reviewers noted that the level of grip on this shoe is noticeable.
  • This shoe is very comfortable, according to several wearers.
  • Many also noted how the canvas upper makes the shoe breathable.
  • Some users commended this shoe’s superb cushioning.
  • The best thing about the DC Trase TX, per numerous buyers, is its affordable price.
  • This low-top skate shoe is available in a wide array of colorways that suits any style, which is a plus for some buyers.
  • Some reviewers said that they get lots of compliments because of this shoe.
  • A few reviewers commented that this DC shoe is much better than Vans.

6 reasons not to buy

  • Tons of reviewers pointed out the narrow fit of the DC Trase TX, saying that it does not have as much toe room.
  • A small number of reviewers disliked the thin tongue and collar of this skate shoe.
  • Some users said that this shoe could use a little more arch support.
  • The all canvas upper of this TX version is not as durable as the suede version of the DC Trase.
  • There were a few comments on the heel construction of this low-top that makes their heel occasionally slips out.
  • Very few wearers mentioned that their pairs of the Trase make noise when walking.

Bottom line

A skate shoe that doubles as a superb casual shoe comes in the name of the DC Trase TX. It is one of the many iterations of one of the brand’s original skate shoe silhouette, the DC Trase, that comes in a canvas upper. Though not as sturdy as its suede counterpart, this shoe is well-liked by many for its superb breathability,  lightweight feel, comfort, and many color choices. However, because of the less durable canvas, using this shoe casually and less for skateboarding would prolong its durability.

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Good to know

This DC shoe boasts a low-cut construction for ankle mobility. The four-eyelet lace-up closure in flat laces allows a secure fit, while the vulcanized sole provides excellent board feel when skating.

The DC Trase TX is a unisex shoe available in men’s sizing ranging from 4 to 14 in standard width including half sizes. Ladies who wish to get a pair of this shoe can get this in a 1.5 to 2 sizes smaller than their usual. However, note that most reviewers claimed that this shoe fits narrow and tight. Hence, it is advisable to opt for a half to full size larger for a much better fit.

Subtle style and comfort combined - that is the DC Trase TX. It boasts an all canvas upper that sits atop a vulcanized outsole with DC's signature's gum sole with pill pattern treads.  With several colorways, from subdued to brightly colored ones, it offers never-ending styling options for men and women alike without being too flashy. The one-piece toe vamp is a nod to a classic DC skate shoe roots, which only makes it clean-looking and easy to wear and match with any set of wardrobe

From afar, the DC Trase TX is just another typical looking skate shoe with its low profile construction, canvas upper, and lace-up closure. However, take a closer look, and you will discern some of the features that give it a distinctive look. 

The Trase TX features a higher foxing tape around its vulcanized gum sole. On the toe cap part, the foxing tape is textured with DC’s signature pill pattern. It may not be as noticeable, but this feature also functions for added durability.

The DC Shoes was formed in 1994 by friends Damon Way and Ken Block with the aim of producing remarkable footwear that will cater to skateboarding and other action sports. In just a year, it already hit revenue of $7 million which is more than double of its last year’s. But it was just the beginning.

DC Shoes was one of the first shoe brands to utilize professional endorsements extensively. It has its skateboarding team of professionals that went on a world tour in 1997 to promote the brand. From then on, the brand became one of the top skate shoe companies with sales hitting over 100 million in 2003.

In 2004, the DC Shoes brand grew even stronger upon acquisition by Quicksilver for roughly $87 million in cash and stock. Up to this day, it continues in making its name relevant in the skate community by continually producing performance skate shoes that stay true to the brand's fundamental mission which is to create a remarkable change in skate shoe performance.  

The DC Shoes introduced the DC Trase shoe in 2015 as part of its skate shoes line up. It has several material variations including a canvas version called officially as the DC Trase TX. The all-canvas upper sits atop a vulcanized sole with higher foxing tape and gum pill-patterned treads. Other Trase iterations are the DC Trase TX SE, DC Trase SD, DC Trase S, and more.

  • For enhanced durability, there are stitching details on high wear areas and metal eyelets.
  • The DC logo branding is visible on the heel, side, and tongue.


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