Summary

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6 reasons to buy

  • The majority of reviewers report that the DC Vandium SE shoes look great and stylish. 
  • A few commenters mention that the quality of this DC shoe is superb.
  • Many purchasers are delighted with the overall performance of this shoe.
  • Some users highlight how they like that this DC shoe is roomy and fits well. 
  • Several delighted reviewers emphasize that the Vandium SE delivers in terms of comfort. 
  • Numerous color choices for this shoe are on the market.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Although still affordable, this Special Edition version is priced slightly higher than the regular DC Vandium shoes
  • Because the upper is heavily reinforced with mixed materials, breathability could be a minor issue. 

Bottom line

The running-inspired DC Vandium SE shoes can effortlessly add a throwback flair to any casual outfit. It features durable leather, suede, and breathable textile materials on the upper, an air pocket in the sole for cushioning and impact protection, and an inner sleeve for a snug fit. 

Overall, this Special Edition Vandium can be considered as another superb release from the DC Shoes, Inc.  

Facts

Base model: DC Vandium
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: DC Casual Shoes
Closure: Laces
Material: EVA, Leather, Nubuck, Rubber Sole, Suede
Features: Orthotic friendly
Price: $100
Colorways: Black, Blue, Grey, Pink, Red, White
Size
Small True to size Large
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The DC Vandium SE is a low-top, running-inspired skate sneaker designed for men. The upper part features a mix of materials that gives the foot better hold and support. Sealing it off for a secure fit is a standard lace closure with flat cotton laces that can be modified depending on the wearer's liking. Also, the tongue is attached to the collar, so it does not slip to the sides. Because of this inner sleeve construction, you can wear the shoe with the laces loose. 

Sufficient padding around the collar and tongue gives extra comfort and protection. The Vandium SE also features a removable Ortholite footbed for cushioning.

The Special Edition of the DC Vandium is another skate shoe that one can effortlessly wear for skating or casual use. Like its core model, it presents an athletic and stylish façade inspired by running shoes. The reinforced upper displays mix of materials such as leather, nubuck, suede, or textile depending on the colorway, while the sole unit stands out with a visible Impact-A airbag. 

The DC Vandium SE is available in multiple colorways, including black/white, navy white, aqua, grey/grey/black, black/grey/yellow, black/white/silver.

The Vandium Special Edition from the DC Shoes, Inc. brand displays a running-inspired look that’s fit for skateboarding. Often compared to the classic and ever-popular Nike Air Max 90 sneakers because of its cushioning system, it flaunts a visible airbag at the heel part of the midsole for impact protection. Some colorways even have speckled detailing on the midsole for added flair. 

DC Shoes Inc., otherwise known as DC, is a California-based action sports brand that has been designing and manufacturing footwear, apparel, and accessories since its founding in 1994. Founders Damon Way and Ken Block started with a series of startups before finally forming DC, including Blunt Magazine, Eightball Clothing, and Droors Clothing. 

In 2019, DC dropped the DC Vandium as a running-inspired skate shoe that doubles as a stylish casual shoe for casual use or street styling. Also introduced is a special edition of this model called the DC Vandium SE. It features a leather, suede, nubuck, or textile upper, Unilite midsole, Impact-A technology for impact protection and superior cushioning, and Dynamic Grip Technology rubber outsole. Each pair of the DC Vandium SE originally retails for $100. 

  • The SE in the DC Vandium SE stands for “special edition.” 
  • This shoe also features molded TPR (thermoplastic rubber) eyelet and molded TPR tongue logo. 
  • The Dynamic Grip Technology (DGT) rubber outsole has 3 different rubber durometers for optimum grip and traction. 

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Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

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