The company was founded in June 1993 by Damon Way and Ken Block,it was originally based in Carlsbad, California, but is now based in Huntington Beach, California, United States. DC originally stood for "Droors Clothing", but since the sale of Droors Clothing (which is now defunct), DC no longer has ties to Droors and is simply DC Shoes, Inc. On March 8, 2004, DC Shoes was acquired by Quiksilver in an US$87 million transaction. In 2010, DC Shoes moved from Vista, California, to Quiksilver's headquarters in Huntington Beach. A video entitled Skateboarding Is Forever was released online in 2010 and featured parts from the amateur DC skateboard team at the time: Marquise Henry, Matt Miller, Wes Kremer, Evan Smith, and Greg Myers. Apart from Myers and Henry, all of the skateboarders from the video remain sponsored by the company in 2013, and have since attained professional status (Myers was arrested following a carjacking incident in October 2012). In 2011, the brand underwent a rejuvenation process that included the design of a new flag logo.As part of this process, new skateboard team announcements were progressively made and a series of advertisements, under the direction of new team member Steve Berra, were released online. The other new team announcements were Mikey Taylor, Mike Mo Capaldi, Nyjah Huston, Chris Cole, and Davis Torgerson. Felipe Gustavo was introduced at a later stage. A further progression of the brand relaunch was the "Rediscover" campaign that commenced in December 2011, following the addition of Capaldi and Huston to the skateboard team. The campaign is entitled "Rediscover DC" and the launch signified the first time that the entire DC team had been brought together in nearly a decade. The first individual installment of the campaign was entitled "Rediscover Technology" and featured Chris Cole's signature shoe. The subsequent instalments are as follows:
Following the brand relaunch, Taylor was the first new team member to release a signature model, as well as a corresponding full video part, both of which were launched in July 2012. As of August 2012, the DC company had entered the women's market and the "Women's Fall 12 Collection" consisted of footwear, apparel, accessories, soft goods, and accessories. In the first half of 2013, the promotion of new team members continued as Capaldi ("Mike Mo S"), Kremer ("Wes Kremer Pro"), and Huston released signature shoe models. On the final night of May 2013, a launch event was held at the Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, California, U.S. for the first signature model skate shoe of Huston's career, with Pete Rock in the role of DJ. The model is named the "Nyjah Huston Signature Shoe" and the promotional advertisement features Huston executing a trick at set of stairs at Hollywood High School in Los Angeles, U.S. Cyril Jackson, accompanied by the "Baker Council S" shoe model, was introduced as a new amateur team member in mid-August 2013. Miller's first professional shoe model with the brand was announced on October 6, 2014. Titled the "Matt Miller S," the shoe was released after Miller had been sponsored by DC Shoes for six years. The company's skate team embarked on the "Defy Convention Asia" tour at the start of November 2014. Tristan Funkhouser and Bobby De Keyzer were added to the global skateboarding team amateur squad on December 19, 2014, through the release of a YouTube welcome video that is just under 10 minutes in duration. The company described both additions as "unique" in the promotional blurb for the "Defunkt" video.