The third episode of our new Weartest series, which has seen us getting our mitts on some of the best skate shoes of 2018 and seeing how thoroughly we can subject them to the ravages of non-stop skateboarding, brings us to the DC Shoes Evan Smith Hi Zero high top.
Below you can see these DC high tops in the full mustard glory of their freshly-out-of-the-box incarnation, and then in the slightly battered state that a month of summer’s skating will induce.
Fresh out of the box
First things first: despite being sold as a high top, this shoe definitely has more of the feel of a mid-top skate shoe due to the board feel and flex. It also bears mentioning that these come up quite large sizing-wise, so it may be worth going a half size smaller if ordering online rather than in person.
These DC Evans Smith Hi Zero skateboard shoes are made from a suede upper, with a grippy rubber sole and rubber toe cap – the latter of which doesn’t seem to impede the ‘wearing in’ process in the way that some toe caps seem to do.
A month later