The 1994 Collection From DC Takes Us Back

The Syntax revamped

The Syntax revamped

Consisting of 2 models and a slew of shirts, DC’s ’94 Collection really takes us back.

The slightly revamped Syntax and Rival models provide not only a nostalgic reminder of how important DC was to the skate shoe renaissance of the mid-late ’90s, but really had us recalling how unbelievably prolific the Syntax was. DC ran the Syntax for years to come, and it helped as much as any other model in solidifying DC as a force to be reckoned with.

DC’s legacy is as close to unfuckwithable as any shoe company, with maybe a higher percentage of solid models than any other – certainly more legendary ones. The Kalis 1, the Lynx, the Mike Carroll Cozmo, the Rick Howard 1… DC’s missed the mark very little over their run of tech shoe leadership. Their continuing commitment has resulted in the Evan Smith S, Kalis LiteNew Jack and the Wes Kremer run over the last few years, and we back all of them hard.

dc rival

The Rival revamped

The 1994 Collection is available at, as much for those who fondly recall the era as those who weren’t born yet. You’re never too old or too young to appreciate a solid shoe.


  1. Ganga Zumba

    July 31, 2016 2:26am

    Syntax is alright, the Rival is horrible, but DC is really doing a disservice to the skate world by not reissuing the Lynx, or at least a cupsole with the same panels and color ways, not the Lynx S, good skate shoe tho, Lynx vulc or that stupid Lynx Lite. Been skating since 1997, I stopped messing with DC after the Lynx Vulc.👎🏻

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  2. jazzy j

    August 1, 2016 4:12am


    • Joel Weichbrodt

      August 2, 2016 3:30pm

      The Lynx was released 4 years later in 1998. No word on a reissue of the original model.

    • Ganga Zumba

      August 3, 2016 1:47am

      Hey Joel, the Syntax was released in 1996, not 94 and I think the rival is some new ish, hate to hate, but looks like their mx lifestyle crap. As a former longtime DC fan, it pains me to say that DC has been very fuckwithable over the years, among the crap models in even crappier colors and not giving Felipe a pro shoe of his own, all that Ken Block Moster crap, the Court Graffik is their longest running shoe, nuff said, DC is whack.

  3. Dr.Graffenberg

    August 2, 2016 3:57am

    Many People want actual reissues not modified slim stuff. This syntax model is great. The new Lynx are garbage. eS needs to get back to releasing more OG models not these slim shoes. If people want slim shoes buy 100s of different clones of vans or sb’s. Skater owned companies can give us some actual OG skate shoes. There is a market for it. I bet Circa and DVS would sell some shoes if they would bring back an OG cupsole. We could do with less vulc boat shoe crap. I like variety not every shoe has to look like a chuck taylor or a janoski.

  4. TRON!

    August 3, 2016 9:27pm

    Just re-release the OG Lynx already.

  5. Expecttheworst

    August 8, 2016 2:16pm

    The updated Syntax doesn’t look bad but lt falls in to the traps of reissues. Companies may keep the deco stiching and emblems of classics but the modernize the shape so you end up with a shoe remincent of a classic but skates modern. However, that’s not what people want. Nostalia works best when it is unfilted. You have to think who they are making these for. People old enough to remember the old ways arent going to be jumping down 12 sets. eS did a great job with the Accel OG, they did tweak a few things like textend the toe box and cut a bit of the fat from the tongue but the changes were so small most wouldn’t notice. The shape was still the same. Not to keep hyping eS but the Sal 20 was a pleasent exception. The modern reissue works in the Sals case because the shoe is so simple all you need are the clean lines and the classic collor ways (white w/ black sole), to turn heads. It’s a timeless look so it can adapt. The Syntax, unfortunately is a product of the mid to late 90’s and DC’s revamp bought the model into the millennium but stopped short somewhere in 2010. Same with the Rival. I want to like DC because they were a grass roots skate shoe company with a legacy but their attitude and brand persona is split. If they had a smaller core skate division that focused on the reissuing the real classics, without Logos branded on every panel, and let the lines and shapes speak for themselves as well as keep Wes Kremer and Chris Coles, etc. with new models they would at least seperate themselves on a skate shop wall.


    August 3, 2017 4:00pm

    Dear dc
    Stop making these wack as fuck vulc slippers and please bring back the following
    Mike carrol pro
    Rick Howard pro
    the ave pro
    josh kalis pro

    thanks that be great