Overview of this review
Size and fit
DC Shoes, Inc. dropped a running-inspired silhouette through the DC Vandium sneakers. This kick, like other DC low-top sneakers, offers flexible foot movement and a secure fit with a lace-up closure system. Ortholite insoles and padded collar and tongue give extra comfort. There is a pull tab at the heel for easy on and off wearing.
The DC Vandium is available in men's sizing which ranges from US 6 to 14, including half sizes in between, in D Medium (Standard) width.
DC Vandium Style
The DC Vandium sneakers present a casual look inspired by a running shoe. Lightweight comfort can be attributed to its upper, which is constructed with different materials such as textile, leather, nubuck, or suede depending on the colorway. The reinforced upper sits atop a sole unit that features a visible Impact-A airbag.
Some of the available colorways for this shoe include white/DC navy/true red, red/ white, oil green, navy/white, and black/black.
Beyond its stylish look are performance-ready features that step up the functional sneaker game for the DC Vandium sneakers. The visible air in the midsole, which in fact is the brand's Impact-A airbag technology, sure does give added flair. It also provides superior cushioning and impact protection. Because of such feature, the Vandium often gets compared to the classic Air Max 90 sneakers from Nike.
DC Vandium History
DC Shoes, Inc. is a California-based global action sports brand founded by friends and business partners Damon Way and Ken Block in June 1994. They created DC after successfully forming a series of startups, including Blunt Magazine, Eightball Clothing, and Droors Clothing, among others. The Droors Clothing, in particular, became the DC brand we all know today.
DC's triumph started with designing, manufacturing, and producing footwear, apparel, and accessories for skateboarding. Over the years, the brand grew exponentially and expanded its product line to include lifestyle shoes and clothing for men, women, and kids across the globe.
Released as part of the DC lifestyle sneakers is the DC Vandium model. It is a running-inspired low-top sneaker that features either leather, nubuck, suede, or textile upper depending on the colorway, Ortholite footbed, Unilite midsole, Impact-A technology, and DGT rubber outsole. Each pair initially retails for $95.
- There is a special edition version of this shoe called the DC Vandium SE.
- The DC Vandium also features molded TPR eyelet, molded TPR tongue logo, and mesh lining.
- DC brandings are visible on the side panels and tongue.