DC Kalis Lite SE
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Overview of this review
Size and fit
The DC Kalis Lite SE shoes are available in men’s sizing from US 6 to 14 with half sizes in between and in D Medium or Standard width. Since no women's sizing is available, the ladies are advised to get a pair 1.5 sizes down their standard sizes.
The upper construction includes a combination of leather and suede that does offer not only long-lasting wear but also sufficient support and protection. On the tongue is a pull tab, which allows a more convenient on and off wear.
The low-top DC skate shoe ditched the usual lace-up closure for DC’s ghillie lacing system for a snugger and more secure fit. In-shoe comfort is assured as well with sufficient padding around the collar. The low-top construction allows non-restrictive and flexible ankle mobility.
DC Kalis Lite SE Style
The DC Kalis Lite SE is a low-top skate sneaker that boasts an old-school skate shoe vibe with its bulky-looking profile and subtle details that scream a signature ‘90s vibe. It is versatile and suits a wide array of outfits for both men and women.
Some colorways available for the DC Kalis Lite SE shoes include camo, white/red/blue, black/dark grey, blue/black/grey.
Although toned down to fit the modern market trends, this special edition (SE) of the DC Kalis Lite shoes retained the signature features of the OG Kalis skate shoe for that authentic retro and classic skate shoe aesthetic. The signature Josh Kalis branding is still evident, as well as the classic DC ghillie lacing system.
DC Kalis Lite SE History
Since its founding in 1994, the DC Shoes Inc. has been producing quality skate shoes with the help of renowned professional skateboarders. One of these is Josh Kalis, a skate pro known for his “street skateboarding” skills. In 2000, DC released the JK1 sneaker as Josh Kalis’ iconic first signature shoe.
Recently, DC gave a fresh lifestyle-ready update to the JK1 shoe through the release of the DC Kalis Lite. The Kalis Lite shoe took the classic silhouette and paneling of the original JK1, but with added runner-inspired sole unit and lessened weight and bulkiness.
Following the introduction of the modernized DC Kalis Lite shoes is a special edition release called officially as the DC Kalis Lite SE. Like its core model, the shoe features a ghillie lacing system, padded collar and tongue, EVA midsole, leather and suede upper, and DC signature pill pattern tread.
- The DC Kalis Lite SE also features a lightweight EVA tooling and DC’s trademarked Pill Pattern tread which offers enhanced grip.
- The shoe also has a runner-inspired cupsole construction.