Size and fit

The DC Villain is offered in men’s sizing. Ladies will have to get 1.5 sizes down to get their fit. The shoe has an upper made up of leather, suede, nubuck, or canvas, depending on the colorway. It has a low-cut collar that keeps ankle mobility free, while the slip-on design is made for easy on and off access.

DC Villain Style

There are three color options for the DC Villain: white with a perforated upper, black/camo print with a camouflage heel accent, and black print with an allover printed DC logo detailing. The sneaker’s neutral color scheme makes it versatile. Additionally, its moccasin-inspired stitching around the toe gives it a dressy appeal, which will suit both formal and casual outfits. 

These kicks will suit any casual day and activity, especially when it’s paired with shorts or jeans. Men can also style them with joggers or track pants, along with other comfortable casual pieces. Meanwhile, ladies can wear them with jeans, leggings, or shorts. A t-shirt or sweatshirt should complete the laid-back look, along with a jacket.

The shoes will also go well with dressy ensembles. Guys can wear them with slacks or straight-fit pants, paired with a button-down or polo shirt or a t-shirt and a blazer or jacket. Women can wear them with an A-line dress or skirt, along with a long-sleeve shirt and jacket or cardigan.

Notable Features

The low-top DC Villain shoes come with a sleek upper made up of leather, nubuck, canvas, or suede. Their most eye-catching feature is the moccasin toe. This detail has the unmistakable stitch detailing that gives the model an upscale flair. Additionally, the sneaker is lined with mesh for breathability.

DC logos are found on the tongue and midsole for a subtle touch of branding. Meanwhile, the collar and tongue are padded for additional comfort. The classy upper sits atop a plain yet classic-looking midsole, which complements the model’s overall laidback slip-on design.

DC Villain History

DC Shoes officially opened its doors to the world of sneakers in 1994. The company started as a footwear brand that specializes in action sports, specifically skateboarding and snowboarding. Today, the brand is a well-respected name in the community, especially when it comes to its sleek skate kicks.

The label was established in Carlsbad, California by two entrepreneur classmates named Ken Block and Damon Way. They founded a few brands together and wanted to create a skate footwear label that would be as innovative as stylish. Initially, DC stood for Droors Clothing, a clothing label founded by the pair. Today, DC Shoes stands on its own as a brand.

Aside from skate shoes, the brand is also known for its line of bags, accessories, hats, apparel, and more. With each product, DC looks back on its heritage as an action sports brand. This is why releases from DC are sought-after, especially as the brand ensures that its kicks are stylish and pioneering.

Among the brand's many models from its lifestyle series is the DC Villain, a unique sneaker amidst the label's sporty offerings. This shoe takes inspiration from the classic yet laidback design of moccasins. The toe sports moccasin-style stitching, giving the word "dressy" new meaning.

At the same time, the model showcases the brand’s signature edgy styling. Its neutral color schemes and features fit with street-ready fashion trends. By deftly combining the convenience of a slip-on and urban aesthetics, DC successfully balances high-class with casual. Each step is enhanced with the DC Villain sneakers, which prove that being a little bad is a lot of fun.

Nice to know

  • The rubber outsole features DC’s signature Pill Pattern tread, which promises excellent support and durability.
  • With its cup sole construction, the sneaker delivers a durable feel.
  • The EVA midsole provides lightweight cushioning. 


Facts / Specs

Style: Minimalist, Dressy
Top: Low
Inspired from: Casual
Closure: Slip-on
Material: Leather, Canvas, Suede, Rubber Sole, Cup Sole, Nubuck, EVA / Fabric
Season: Spring, Summer
Features: Breathable / No lace

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.