DC Skateboarding Introduces A New Court-Inspired Cupsole With The Astor

The Astor – $70

It’s no surprise or secret that skate shoes have been heavily inspired by court sneakers for some time, but after the return of the rubber toe in 2016, court-inspired models seem to be all the craze now in 2017.

We can’t blame brands for participating in this growing trend. After a serious influx of rubber over toes on countless skate shoes, there’s a collective sigh of relief when seeing a shoe like DC’s Astor. Not only is it modeled after a classic design, but its subtle design hints catch the eye quite nicely.

Traditionally, most court-inspired shoes fall into the vulcanized category and, as a result, are leaned out as much as possible. With the Astor, it’s quite the opposite. You should expect superior padding and protection with its cupsole foundation and large build. More so, the Astor is reminiscent of the #PuffySkateShoeComeback that we’ve been projecting for the last 2 years. It’s not an overly exaggerated puffy, but more of a modernized take on puffy skate shoes.

The blucher toe might scare you initially but, notably, DC’s designers addressed this common mistake made by other brands. Not only are the sidewalls taller than most skate shoes, but the eyestay is a bit higher up on the shoe as a means of preventing abrasion on the laces. You can also expect a new outsole with these sidewalls, as well as DC’s Impact-I technology for maximum comfort and shock absorption.

The premium pair, which normally includes leather materials throughout the upper, will retail for $90. Otherwise, you should expect the standard Super Suede versions to retail for a more than reasonable $70.


  1. antibolfgoy

    February 24, 2017 8:54pm

    id rather wear the huf boyd

  2. Mr. Do Your Homework

    February 25, 2017 2:06pm

    RE: Etnies Skol

  3. Expecttheworst

    February 25, 2017 5:52pm

    Vans No Skool? I still have a black and white polka-dot pair.

  4. Mr. Do Your Homework

    February 25, 2017 8:16pm

  5. nonickname

    February 26, 2017 1:19am

    does look like the etnies, also a few older dvs models gavin, berra 3, the emerica canal, lakai cairos..its just a style that comes back around due to its simple lines. Not worth $70 though.

  6. Leonard Washington

    February 26, 2017 2:29am

    DC helped kill the blucher toe skate shoe for years. My favorite shoe was the Lakai MJ-3, then they started making horrible plaid and screen printed color ways and the DVS Revival went from one of the best team skate shoes in suede and stock colors to a joke with the obnoxious Revival Splatt. Man those were dark times for skate shoes. I mean, I kinda like the white ones, but I don’t want anyone to think I’m wearing DC Court Graffiks.

  7. tae

    February 27, 2017 5:35pm

    These type of design will never fade away, i like this design, simple and durable.

  8. tomisrad

    March 6, 2017 6:16pm

    Yuck, reminds me of the worst time in skating when danny garcia had an ugly shoe like this and mj did too. Then they came up with plaid and prints and terrible quality and colors. YUCK. Keep the sole, put a toe cap on it!


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