Verdict from 100+ user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • Most wearers highly commend the comfort that the DC Anvil shoe provides. 
  • This pair's vulcanized sole offers excellent board feel and flexibility.
  • A good number of users commend this shoe's arch support.
  • The DC Anvil comes in a variety of colorways.
  • A significant number of users admire the shoe's style, stating that it is classic and looks great.
  • Several purchasers are delighted that this pair's simple design is versatile enough to be worn on different occasions.
  • The shoe's quality materials and construction impress some shoe users.
  • Launched at a price of $60, a good number of buyers regard these sneakers as a good product at an affordable price.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A significant amount of consumers disclose that the shoe runs narrower than standard sizes.
  • Some shoe users notice that this pair tends to wear out quickly.

Bottom line

Dressed in a simple design, the DC Anvil boasts a classic skateboarding shoe's good looks that work great as a casual shoe as well. The Anvil stays true to its skate heritage by not following trends and offering it in different colorways for individualism. Its no-nonsense, minimal style resonates well with casual wearers who are into timelessly designed footwear.

With this shoe's vulcanized sole and well-made construction at a very affordable cost, many skaters and non-skaters alike consider it a great everyday shoe for its excellent comfort, durability, and versatility.

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Good to know

The DC Anvil is a classic skate shoe, but unlike other old-school DC shoes that are wide, bulky and heavily padded, it sports a more streamlined silhouette and reportedly runs narrower. Several consumers noticed that this shoe measures the same length as the brand's older models but narrower.

The DC Anvil boast of a vintage design that is nostalgic of skateboarding's heydays. Despite being built as a performance shoe, its minimal upper provides a simple yet stylish appeal that could go beyond trends. The shoe's low-top profile allows for easier mixing and matching with a multitude of casual ensembles. It comes dressed in different color options to complement every style possible.

These sneakers' upper is constructed from varying materials that depends on its colorway. The tonal black colorway's upper is crafted from suede, while the tonal white colorway's upper is made of leather, and the rest is a combination of canvas and suede. The shoe's upper has perforation detailing for a breathable fit, while its sole is vulcanized for great board feel and flexibility. Lastly, both the tongue and collar are padded for extra cushioning and comfort.

Two friends named Damon Way and Ken Block who met while attending community college classes founded DC Shoes. In 1994, Damon and Ken launched a series of startups including the Droors Clothing known popularly today as DC Shoes. It is a footwear company that specializes in manufacturing shoes for action sports like skateboarding and snowboarding. By 1995 the brand's revenue had hit $7 million and consistently increased for the next ten years.

In 2004 Quicksilver bought the brand for $87 million and helped the company reach a billion dollars in revenue. Today DC Shoes is an international brand that expanded its products to include men's, women's and kids' apparel, outerwear, and accessories in both lifestyle and action sports categories. The brand has also established professional teams in different sports like skateboarding, snowboarding, and motocross that help develop products and endorse promotional efforts.

The DC Anvil Shoe is one of the many skateboarding kicks that the brand carries. It exudes a classic skateboarding look that is stripped away of the unnecessary for a light and durable construction. Every feature not only serves an aesthetic purpose but also fulfills a role that ultimately contributes to its overall comfort and performance.

  • The DC Anvil in the Navy colorway utilizes a gum sole that adds a more stylish flair.
  • The shoe's insoles are not removable.
  • Its outsoles feature the brand's oversized pill pattern tread that offers excellent grip and durability.


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