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Vans humble beginnings root back to the Van Doren Rubber Company in Anaheim, CA during the mid 1960's. From there, Vans slowly evolved as the brand of choice for skaters during the skating boom of the 1970's and has remained a fashion staple of alternative style ever since. The canvas topped, vulcanized soled, waffle tread kicks have been worn by iconic pop-culture figures like Sean Penn (as Jeff Spicoli) in Fast Times at Ridgemont High and the Z-Boys skate team.
Vans is still very much immersed in the skate and surf scene that originally put them on the map, with sponsorship teams boasting names like professional skaters Bucky Lasek and Geoff Rowley. In addition to the skate and surf foundation they have built their brand on, Vans has branched out to sports like BMX, Snowboarding, and Motocross. Vans is also involved in the music that is such an integral part of the action sports culture, sponsoring the Vans Warped Tour concert series.
As the company moves ahead, they continue to offer their ageless Authentic, Era and Classic Slip-On styles with the new timely twists, as well as new fashion forward footwear concepts. Simply put, Vans manages to continue to revamp and redefine fashionable simplicity. Whether you like to sport a clean pair to add some personality to formal wear, or proudly wear your yellow-soled, ripped canvas favorites with jeans, Vans can add the spirit of SoCal to any look.