Known as the original skate shoe, Vans was founded on March 16, 1966 in the city of Anaheim, California when Paul Van Doren along with three partners opened up their first store. The Van Doren Rubber Company was unique in that it manufactured shoes and sold them directly to the public. On that first morning, 12 customers purchased Vans deck shoes -- now famously known as the Authentic.
The classic skate brand dynamically grew throughout the 70's and 80's and has helped push the sport of skateboarding to conquer the world. Regarded for their originality and DIY ethos, Vans has since worked with a diverse array of artists, musicians, and independent brands including Taka Hayashi, Bad Brains, Ray Barbees, Pendleton and many more.