Verdict from +100 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • Many reviewers commended the DC Tonik for its comfort. Some said that it feels even more comfortable after some time.
  • For many purchasers, one of the many factors why they liked this shoe is its affordable price. They consider it a great purchase.
  • This shoe is a versatile pair to wear for skateboarding or in casual settings, according to some reviewers.
  • A couple of purchasers noted the great feel of this DC shoe. They appreciate its soles that give an excellent board feel when skating.
  • One of the strongest points of the DC Tonik is its stylish aesthetics, according to many reviewers. Even non-skaters liked it for its simple yet fashionable look that goes well with any set of wardrobe.
  • Several colorway options are available for the DC Tonik shoes.
  • For a skate shoe, the quality of the Tonik impressed heaps of purchasers.
  • One loyal DC shoe user commented that of all the DC shoes he owns, the DC Tonik so far is the lightest pair.
  • A few reviewers applaud the outstanding grip of this shoe.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A few reviewers noted that this low-top shoe does not have much padding.
  • There were several comments that the DC Tonik fits too tight and narrow and not made for wide-footed wearers.
  • Some reviewers highlighted the little to no arch support of this shoe.

Bottom line

Another skate shoe from DC Shoes is making its name known not just to the skate community, but to a broader market as well - and that is the DC Tonik. With its low profile with suede and textile upper that delivers style, comfort, and, durability, this shoe has been impressing almost all kinds of purchasers. Padding may not be much, but the overall comfort is still outstanding. It is also lightweight with excellent board feel and grip, thanks to the vulcanized sole with Pill Pattern tread.

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Good to know

Expect ample ankle mobility with sufficient support from this low-top, low profile DC skate shoe. The collar is minimally padded, but enough to give your feet comfort. The five-eyelet is supplemented with flat laces that can be adjusted for a customized and snug fit while the vulcanized rubber sole allows flexibility, light ride, and greater board feel.

The DC Tonik skate shoe is available in men's sizing from 6 to 14 in standard width. Also offered are half sizes. 

A low profile skate shoe fit for skaters and non-skaters alike comes in the form of the DC Tonik. Built to perform and withstand the wear and tear of the sport while embracing a stylish façade, it boasts a combination of suede and textile on the upper with a one-piece toe vamp for a durable yet clean and slimmed down skate style. Wear it with jeans, shorts, or even chinos, and you're good to go.

DC has always been known for its skate shoes that function with style. Although there is a wide array of stylish skate shoes that the brand has been producing for over a decade, there is a sense of individuality that makes each shoe model stand out from the others.

With its suede-canvas upper and vulcanized sole, the DC Tonik may look like any other skate shoes out there. However, it is in the little details that make it distinctive. The minimally padded collar boasts a canvas piping for added durability and comfort, while its heel counter, higher than most low-top skate shoes, is shaped to provide extra protection to the heel. Visible on the high wear areas of the upper is triple stitching reinforcement.

DC Shoes is an American company that produces footwear, apparel, and accessories for casual use and extreme sports such as skateboarding and snowboarding. It was established by Damon Way and Ken Block in 1994. On March 8, 2004, Quicksilver bought the brand for roughly $87 million. 

For more than two decades now, the DC Shoes has been crafting skate shoes fitting the style of both skaters and non-skaters. These shoes are made to perform and built with materials and technologies suited for skateboarding.

One of the favorites is the DC Tonik skate shoe. It has a low-top construction, a one-piece suede toe cap with hints of canvas on the rest of the upper, and a vulcanized rubber outsole equipped with pill-patterned treads. It further received a mid-top version, called the DC Tonik Mid, and several iterations with the likes of Tonik SE, Tonik XE, Tonik TX SE, Tonik S, and Tonik KB.

  • DC brandings are displayed on the sides and tongue.
  • Also featured is a full-length EVA insole for added comfort.
  • The tongue is made of canvas material on the outside with mesh style backing for a little bit of ventilation.


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