Verdict from 100+ user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • The DC Anvil SE’s textile tongue has minimum padding which offers a lot of comfort on the instep.
  • Its tongue keeps in place with its settling lace loop on the tongue which is missing in other skate shoes.
  • It has a substantial amount of padding, according to many reviewers.
  • Keeps the feet moderately warm in the wintertime because of the padding, but it doesn’t get too warm due to its breathable canvas.
  • Lots of reviewers of the leather design said that the material loosens up given a short break-in time providing a comfier fit.
  • Held up nicely after six months even if it was used all day as mentioned by several reviewers.
  • Many buyers consider the DC Anvil SE as a radically superb shoe at an affordable rate.
  • A couple of skaters said its inverse rubber outsole tread design is super grippy.
  • The vulcanized sole construction offers excellent boardfeel, according to a skater who went for the textile uppers.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Its leather design is a bit stiff in the beginning but gets comfortable in the long run.
  • A few had to return their purchases because they felt it was too small and narrow.

Bottom line

DC Anvil SE sprung up from the DC Anvil collection that woos even non-riders with its classic grace. Those who are accustomed to having their feet nestled on a cushy footbed typically offered by cupsole sneakers might need to adjust to the thin layering inside this vulcanized DC Anvil SE sneaker. The vulc sole feature is a plus for skaters since it offers good board contact. Sizing up is recommended as this budget-friendly kick runs narrow and small.

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Good to know

The low-top DC Anvil SE has the essential skate shoe elements such as padded collar to offer protection in the ankle zone, a vulcanized outsole to provide a low-to-the-ground experience, and a grippy Pill Pattern bottom for stability on the board. It comes with a standard lace-up feature that allows users a personalized lockdown fit. This sneaker tends to run narrow and small. It can be secured in men’s sizes ranging from 6 to 14 US.

Gone are the days when the skater boy look is deemed as an understated style and limited only to skateboarders. Skatewear has gradually sneaked into mainstream fashion and what was long an underground form is now regarded as a conventional style that it even gets a taste of the runway. Such bug hit DC Shoe brand, and as a reaction, it created silhouettes that allow skaters to still be active on their decks while giving them a desirable look even off the board.

The low-top DC Anvil SE is one of the many styles under its skate-inspired portfolio which finds its appeal among non-skaters as well wanting a durable sneaker that is moderately cushioned. It comes in various materials such as leather, a combination of suede and canvas. The leather version is a pleasant option to pair up with chinos and slim-fitted trousers while the canvas and suede is almost a no-brainer as it can migrate with any style of outfit.

DC Anvil SE has a practical design that keeps one secured with its supportive features. It offers a timeless sporty exterior that allows users to obtain interior comfort whether the feet gets covered under its leather or suede and canvas cover variations. This low-top carries the brand’s trademark Pill Pattern design on its rubber outsole which keeps feet stable on slippery surfaces and skateboards.

Two college buddies Damon Way, a skateboarder, and Ken Block, a snowboarder, found their path into sports shoe manufacturing a few years after venturing into several enterprises such as manufacturing of screen-printed tees under the Eightball brand back in 1989 to selling jeans under Droors Clothing a few years later. These twentysomethings were unaware that their aggressiveness would drive them to be on the top of the DC Shoes’ hierarchy come 1994.

In October 1994, DC Shoes moved to a 16,000-square foot facility which apart from skate goods it was selling waterproof outwear for snowboarding. So the brand did not only tapped the skate crowd but the snowboarding group as well. The decision to further expand proved to be worth it when DC hit its $1.5-million success in revenues in its first year of operation under the new label.

It seems like luck was on the side of DC while it was creating a trustworthy name in extreme sports lifestyle goods. The chains of progression in the subsequent years went on seeing a steady increase in earnings for DC mushrooming from $21 million in 1996 to around $100 million in 2003.

The primary objective of the brand throughout the years is to create a substantial change in skateboarding which was carried on after the company was sold to Quicksilver in 2004 for $87 million. In 2010, DC Shoes moved to Quicksilver’s headquarters on the same state, in the seaside city of Huntington Beach which became their permanent settlement until now.

Way and Block’s know-how in skateboarding and snowboarding gave them the leverage to level up in the game by introducing sneakers with tech features such as DGT, Performlite, and Pill Pattern. Not too long later it came up with the DC Anvil line, all with the trademark Pill Pattern on the outsole. The initial offering was the DC Anvil sneaker covered with durable suede, breathable vent holes, and vulcanized construction for improved boardfeel. It was succeeded by different varieties such as the DC Anvil SE.

  • DC Anvil SE has ventilation holes for breathability.
  • It has waxed style laces.
  • Its vulcanized sole construction offers closer to the ground feeling that allows skaters to have control of their board.
  • The rubber material that acts as the only barrier between the feet and the ground offers efficient flexibility.
  • The rubber sole is made of an abrasion-resistant material with excellent grip.
  • DC’s trademark Pill Pattern design has recessed tread that holds a firm grip on the ground.
  • DC Anvil SE comes in various colorways using different materials.


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