In 1966, a school dropout named Paul Van Doren, and three business partners opened the very first Vans store in California, in the US. They started out both made and sold shoes on the very same day. Customers would chose the colour and style they wanted in the morning, and then the shoes were made to order for the customer to pick up in the afternoon. The manufacturer famed for their skateboarding shoes and apparel are keen sponsors and supporters of the travelling rock festival, Warped Tour since 1996. As well as music festivals and tours the company have also branched out to sponsor sporting events such as the US Open of Surfing in California.
Designed and made with the aim to outlast anything, the Authentic was Vans first iconic deck shoe. Featuring extra thick waffle patterned soles, nylon thread replacing the usual cotton and strong canvas, the shoes were a hit with the skater crowd. As the style became more popular Vans took the design even further, adding leather in the toe to prevent wear, and Skate High with cushioned backs and sides to protect a skaters ankles. In 2006 Vans collaborated with hip-hop stars Odd Future to create Vans x Odd Future. The shoes feature the stars’ signature emblem, a delicious sprinkle donut, the two piece assortment shows a repeat donut print pattern across a vibrant teal canvas and suede uppers. The shoe rejoices the innovative expression of todays most idolized and diverse hip-hop music groups.
Vans boast over forty year’s history at the very heart of youth culture, they are still one of the most iconic street wear brands you can find on the market. You can search Vans on Solezilla, the largest sneaker database in the world, providing sneakers for men, women and children. Connecting you with everything from retro designs from the past, new release, future releases and even deadstock sneakers. You can compare prices, find your size, and shoe availability across thousands of web shops to make sure you get the best deal for you.