Pop Trading Company’s DC Colab Renews Lynx and Navigator Skate SteezRelease: 9 October 2021
Like good griptape, Amsterdam skate providers Pop Trading Company stick to collaborating on steezy sneakers, linking up with board OGs DC for a two-pack of skate- and street-ready joints in the Lynx and Navigator. In keeping the spirit of DC’s 90s origin story, this duo’s makeup is period correct.
Funnily enough, PTC x DC may have never happened if the latter hadn't withdrawn their cease and desist back in 2018, after they discovered Pop Trading Company had released a t-shirt with a cheeky logo flip using the original DC logo. However, they came to see the funny side of it, and this colab sees the two skate the peace (half)pipe together.
Skaters quickly began hunting for the Lynx as soon as it appeared in skate VHS tapes circa 1998, and the fact it remains integral in the DC lineup today is testament to its success. Evident in their previous work, Pop Trading Company know not to mess with a winning formula too much, so they flip the Lynx with a clean all-white leather and mesh upper, pairing it to an essential grippy gum rubber sole. As a point of difference, Pop Trading Company install a jewel-like DC logo in the midfoot, reminiscent of some other classic sneakers from the late 90s. In fact, this palette could very well have slotted into skate stores back in the day!
For off-board duties (or on!), the Navigator – originally designed for snow and sludge – maintains the chunk and retains plenty of funk, even in goofy stances. Pop Trading Company have quickly earned a reputation for respectable skate-adjacent reworks, and their boot knowledge is formidable here. Durable tactical mesh inserts meet lush teal suede uppers straight from Tactile Town, while a water-resistant membrane underneath keeps the damp out. This is held down properly hard-ware in metal D-ring loops and rubberised toe bumpers – not to mention an aggressive hiking sole. Heads will have to dust for Pop Trading Company's fingerprints here – or simply look at the heel counter for the stamped logo.
The Pop Trading Company x DC Shoes collaboration drops on October 9, exclusively from PTC and DC’s webstores, plus selected retailers globally.
Further affirming their renewed friendship is a Friends and Family capsule consisting of a long-sleeve t-shirt, hoodie and, best of all, a bespoke colourway of the Striker skate classic. Nope, they're not for sale – try asking Pop Trading Company and DC real nicely in the DMs!