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When Paul and James Van Doren opened their shoe store with two business partners in March of 1966, the brothers hardly could have imagined the stamp they would put on streetwear. But while those early days may have had the appearance of disarray, the Vans Disarray collection of today combines crazy colors with classic silhouettes to have some fun with it all.
A Different Way
The Van Dorens set out to build a very different type of business. They planned to make shoes on the spot and sell them directly to their customers. So when they opened their doors on that spring day in Southern California, they had only display models to show and empty shoeboxes on their shelves.
Their first dozen customers paid for their shoes in the morning, then picked them up that afternoon. It’s a business model that had to change quickly as Vans footwear began to take off.
The Beauty of Disarray
Many of those earliest models, with simple numbers designating their style, endure today.
The Vans #44 deck shoe from that original lineup became known as the Authentic. The Vans #95 of 1976 would live on as the Era, with its familiar padded collar. The Vans #36 of 1977 would become the Old Skool and be the first to rock Vans’ iconic Sidestripe. Vans’ classic Slip-On began life as the #98. And the “Style 38” of 1978 became known as the Sk8-Hi, complete with its high padded ankle collar designed to protect skaters from wayward boards.
Some of those OG silhouettes are available as part of the “Off the Wall” brand’s Disarray lineup. With so many styles and colorways representing Vans, it seemed only natural to draw from several as a mashup for this colorful collection.
More Than Just Shoes
Vans is not just about shoes. Long- and short-sleeve T-shirts feature a multicolor Vans wordmark on the chest and even add hits of color — or full colorblocking — elsewhere. Choose a larger wordmark with a Vans pullover or crewneck sweatshirt. And you can cap it all off with the Vans Disarray Snapback, featuring an all-black colorway with a multicolor Vans wordmark.
Mix and match with other Vans options at Footlocker.com.