DVS Shoes

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DVS Shoes
Founded1995; 28 years ago (1995)
FounderKevin Dunlap
Winston Dunlap
FateAcquired by Elan-Polo International, Inc. in 2021
ProductsSneakers, t-shirts, hats
ParentElan-Polo International, Inc.

DVS Shoes is an American footwear and clothing company that specialises in products for skateboarding, moto, and snowboarding. The company defines itself as "... driven from the pursuit of building product that embodies the sports the company athletes breathe every day. With roots deeply embedded in skate, the company has the platform to develop truly technological products that bring the riders personalities to life."[1]


DVS was founded in 1995 by Kevin Dunlap, his father Winston and soon joined by brothers Brian, Mike and Tim Gavin —The distribution company called Podium Distribution was formed once the Lakai Limited Footwear and Matix clothing brand were created.[citation needed]

2012 onwards[edit]

From October 2012, DVS continued to expand its skateboarding team, signing amateur skater Zack Wallin,[2] and embarked on a tour of Detroit, US.[3] A photograph captured during the Detroit tour appeared as the cover for The Skateboard Mag in early 2013—the photograph features Song executing a trick on a non-typical industrial structure.[4]

In the first half of 2013, the company launched an upgraded website that features an online store.[5] During this period the skateboard team toured Brazil, South America[6] and Dallas, US[7] while Song released his thirteenth signature shoe model with the brand.[8]

Jon Nguyen was officially welcomed to the skate team on July 2, 2013 and a welcome video was published on the company's Vimeo channel in late June 2013.[9] Nguyen's introduction also served as the inaugural promotion of a new technology for the brand called "Vaporcell", featured in a new "Vapor" skate shoe model.[10][11]

A review by the "Ripped Laces" website, published in September 2013, ranked the Vaporcell technology highly for its comfort, board feel and durability, concluding: " It’s a stylish shoe with some great impact technology & stability." Using 20 hours of skateboarding as a guide for its review, the foremost concern that arose for Ripped Laces was the fading of the shoe sole's grip after a two-week period.[12] The New Zealand skateboard magazine Manual published a review in October 2013 and also commended the Vaporcell model: "The Vapor fits well and offers great support, there’s no sloppy side walls so your feet definitely wont be sliding around inside of these."[13]

In the second half of 2013, the DVS skate team completed tours of Canada,[14] and New York City, US.[15] In early 2014, the skate team completed a tour of Peru, South America where they were invited to Hensley's Bar, an alcohol venue that housed a skateboard ramp and skateboard memorabilia.[16]

The skate shoe department continued to develop further in early 2014, with a preview by Pudwill of his third signature shoe model on social media. Pudwill explained that the "Pudwill 3" will be available at the time of the Plan B Skateboards debut video premiere in November 2014. He stated on April 23, 2014: "Putting in work in the #torey3s for the #planbvideo coming in Nov! You ready?"[17]

Also in April 2014, DVS released the "Wee Man" signature colorway of the "Jarvis" model, designed by Jason "Wee Man" Acuña—Acuna appeared in the 1990s skate magazine Big Brother and starred in the magazine's video Shit; he then garnered further public attention in the Jackass productions.[18] In its promotion for the shoe, which was accompanied by a video directed by former Big Brother photo editor Rick Kosick, the brand explained:

Wee Man has been with DVS for over 10 years, and we're honored to release his second signature colorway. Inspired by his 1962 Impala, the suede Jarvis is full of details that Wee Man personally selected for style and functionality.[18]

A collaboration with the Cliché Skateboards company was launched in July 2014, with a skate shoe/skateboard deck capsule for professional team rider Flo Mirtain—the "Jarvis" model was redesigned for the capsule. A video part of Mirtain skateboarding in Europe was also released to commemorate the collaboration.[19][20] Also in July 2014, the DVS skateboard team embarked on the "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" European tour, with Pudwill, Song, Tolentino, Murawski, Nguyen, Wallin, Mirtain, Shier, Louis Taubert and Adrien Coillard in attendance.[21]

Chapter 11 filing[edit]

In May 2012, DVS Shoes filed bankruptcy, citing increased costs in China (where the brand's products are manufactured) and the general downturn in retail sales as a result of the financial crisis of 2007–2008 as the reasons for the filing.[22] Shortly afterwards in 2013, DVS was acquired by the Sequential Brands Group and resumed normal operations, signing new sponsorship agreements with motorcross rider Brian Deegan and professional skateboarders Torey Pudwill[23] and Song.[24] In 2021, DVS Shoes was sold to Elan-Polo International, Inc..


  • 2005: Skate More
  • 2006: European Vacation
  • 2007: East Infection Tour
  • 2007: Boyz N The Hood
  • 2007: City of Dogs
  • 2007: Catching Up With Keith
  • 2008: Summer Bailout Package
  • 2008: Dudes Dudes Dudes
  • 2010: Videography Collection
  • 2011: Total Eclipse Of The Heartland (with Matix)
  • 2011: New Year's Dae (with Almost)
  • 2013: DVS Does Detroit[25]
  • 2013: Ill In Brazil[26]
  • 2013: DVS Does Dallas[27]


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  2. ^ TWS (22 October 2012). "DVS WELCOMES ZACK WALLIN". Transworld SKATEboarding. Bonnier Corporation. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
  3. ^ Ryan Dearth (December 2012). "DVS Shoes | DVS Does Detroit" (Video upload). Ryan Dearth on Vimeo. Vimeo LLC. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
  4. ^ "Timeline Photos" (Photo upload). DVS Shoes on Facebook. Facebook. 12 January 2013. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
  5. ^ "Home". DVS Shoes. DVS Shoes. 14 June 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  6. ^ "DVS ILL IN BRAZIL" (Video upload). DVSSHOES on Vimeo. Vimeo LLC. 1 June 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  7. ^ Templeton Elliot (14 June 2013). "DVS Does Dallas". The Skateboard Mag. Strictly Skateboarding. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  8. ^ Brickharbor (23 April 2013). "Daewon reviews the DVS Daewon 13" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  9. ^ DVSSHOES (26 June 2013). "DVS Welcomes Jon Nguyen" (Video upload). DVSSHOES on Vimeo. Vimeo LLC. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  10. ^ TWS (2 July 2013). "DVS WELCOMES JON NGUYEN". Transworld Skateboarding. Bonnier Corporation. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  11. ^ Soder (2 July 2013). "DVS Welcomes Jon Nguyen". Supra Distribution. Supra Distribution. Archived from the original on 13 April 2014. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  12. ^ "DVS VAPOR REVIEW". Ripped Laces. Ripped Laces. 27 September 2013. Archived from the original on 13 April 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
  13. ^ David Read (31 October 2013). "TESTED: DVS VAPOR – FIRST IMPRESSIONS". Manual. First Floor Publishing Ltd. Archived from the original on 13 April 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
  14. ^ TWS (20 December 2013). "DVS CANADIAN BACON". TransWorld SKATEboarding. GrindMedia. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
  15. ^ Brian Blakely (3 January 2014). "Trippin': DVS in NYC". The Skateboard Mag. Strictly Skateboarding. Archived from the original on 29 January 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
  16. ^ "The DVS Team Sessions Peru Skatebar Hensley's" (Video upload). DVS SHOE COMPANY on YouTube. Google Inc. 4 April 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
  17. ^ "8:45 PM - 23 Apr 2014" (Image upload). Torey Pudwill on Twitter. Twitter. 23 April 2014. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
  18. ^ a b "Wee Man & Friends Starring in "The Jarvis" by DVS" (Video upload). DVS SHOE COMPANY on YouTube. Google Inc. 17 April 2014. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
  19. ^ "27.06.2014". Fresco. Google Inc. 27 June 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  20. ^ "FLO". The Berrics. The Berrics. 11 July 2014. Archived from the original on 16 July 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  21. ^ "June 11". DVS Shoes on Facebook. Facebook. 11 June 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  22. ^ Keith Hamm (25 May 2012). "DVS SHOE CO. FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY". ESPN Action Sports. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
  23. ^ He’s Back! T-Puds x DVS by Frank Daniello (Concrete Skateboarding Magazine, 22 October 2012)
  24. ^ DVS Shoes Signs Brian Deegan (Dirt Rider Magazine, 24 October 2012)
  25. ^ DVSShoes (March 2013). "DVS Does Detroit" (Video upload). DVSShoes on Vimeo. Vimeo LLC. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
  26. ^ "DVS Shoes skate videos". Skatevideosite.com. Skatevideosite.com. 2005–2013. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
  27. ^ "Our brand new #dvsdoesdallas video just dropped for you over at our Facebook.com/dvsskateboarding Go get watching. #dvsshoes #skateboarding" (Image upload). dvsskateboarding on Webstagram. A-FIS PTE.LTD. 14 June 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2013.[permanent dead link]

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