Size and fit

Sizes are available in men’s US 6-14, in D or medium width. The sneaker generally fits true to size. However, some users went a half size up as they found the shoe too small. Women who purchased the shoe went a half size down. 

Suede, mesh, and leather make up the low-top DC Kalis Lite’s upper, which provides ample support. The low-top collar offers unrestricted ankle mobility, with extra padding for comfort. Keeping things tight and secure is the lace-up system, which rounds off the shoe’s classic look.  

DC Kalis Lite Style

With its versatile style, the DC Kalis Lite can be paired with shorts or long pants, along with ankle or high socks. The sporty low-top style can be used for any occasion. It has an athletic-inspired design that will look good with any outfit for the day.

Notable Features

The Kalis Lite shoe uses the classic ghillie lacing system. On the shoe’s side and front is the DC logo, with additional DC Shoes Co. USA branding on the tongue. Josh Kalis branding is also featured. Along with a low-profile retro look, the shoe contains subtle details that honor the legacy of the iconic JK1 model. It has an updated sole and a classic upper that is still trendy and cool.

DC Kalis Lite History

Since its founding in 1994, DC has been on a roll, signing up top skaters to endorse their shoes and collaborate on designs and campaigns. The low-top DC Kalis Lite shoe was a result of such a partnership, with legendary skate icon Josh Kalis.

First released in the year 2000, the Josh Kalis JK1 sneaker served as the inspiration for the DC Kalis Lite. It was built back up with a runner-inspired sole, effectively updating the iconic shoe. The sneaker now features athletic details, improved comfort, and a lot of ‘90s vibe.

Owning a pair means owning a piece of skateboarding history. Josh Kalis is known as a street skateboarder, influential in the LOVE Park scene in the late 1990s. His style, flat ground flips, and various other tricks have inspired many skaters over the years. The Kalis Lite shoe is a reflection of his passion and ability, with a classic silhouette and paneling fit for any occasion beyond the skate world.        

Additional Info

  • DC’s characteristic Pill Pattern tread is incorporated on the outsole.
  • The shoe is made up of Super Suede, which is more durable than regular suede, yet still maintains the same softness and comfort.
  • Unilite™ technology is used to provide the foot with a glove-like, secure feel that is also lightweight and flexible. It provides impact protection and cushioning.    
  • Half and full cleatie structures offer comfort while giving a seamless fit.
  • Breathable mesh is used for the interior lining.


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