Vans Skate Shoes, Clothing, and Accessories
Back in March of 1966 in Anaheim, California, Paul Van Doren and three partners opened up their first ever store and the Vans dream was born. The Van Doren Rubber Company began to manufacture shoes and sells them directly to the public. That very first day the #44 deck shoe, now known as the Vans Authentic, was born.
Skateboarders who like Vans rugged make-up and sticky sole are seen sporting Vans all over Southern California in the early 1970s. In 1975, the Vans #95, known today as the Vans Era was designed by Tony Alva and Stacy Peralta. With a padded collar and different colour combinations the Era becomes the shoe of choice for a generation of skateboarders.
In 1979, they introduced the Vans Slip-On, and with the help of skateboarders and BMX riders, it became all the rage in Southern California. By the end of the 1970s, Vans had expanded quickly with 70 stores in California and sells through dealers both nationally and internationally.
In the 1080s, Vans started to create shoes for a number of sports from baseball, basketball and wrestling to skydiving in an effort to compete with large athletic shoe companies. Vans then begins creating the world’s leading action sport series with the sponsorship of the inaugural Triple Crown of skateboarding, which then develops into the Vans Triple Crown series which includes events in skateboarding, BMX, surfing, wakeboarding, snowboarding, motocross and super cross.
Vans has always been king with authentic content. In 2001, Vans financed the production of Dogtown and Z-Boys, Stacy Peralta’s look at the beginnings of skateboarding and the personalities that evolved the sport. The film takes the Audience Award and the Best Director Award at the Sundance Film Festival. The film was narrated by Sean Penn. Later that year Vans then stepped up to buy controlling interest of the Vans Warped Tour, the nation’s leading action sports and music festival.
In 2015, the Vans Syndicate was created to show a different side of Vans representing skate shop exclusive line of sneakers stepping out from under the Vans Classics design. Vans paired with skaters like Jason Dill and Max Schaaf, as well as brands and designers like WTAPS, Luke Meier, and Mister Cartoon. After 10 years, the Vans Syndicate chapter closes and we look forward to seeing what Vans shoes and clothing gets developed next. We will continue to offer the classic and new Vans sk8 hi, Vans slip on, Vans high top, Vans old skool, and Vans authentic to ensure your style stays on point.
Vans continues to sponsors top skateboarders and AMs such as Geoff Rowley, Tony Trujillo, Dustin Dollin, AVE, Jon Cardiel, and more. The style is based on classic Vans-models, but the materials, innersole and execution is always modified for better skate performance.