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Since 1966, Vans has been the world’s leading source for skateboarding footwear. Vans shoes have become an integral part of skateboarding culture, as well as sneaker culture as a whole. Supplying the world with their cool and casual California style, the brand founded by brothers Paul and Jim Van Doren was birthed from the need for more durable footwear for the then-new sport of skateboarding in the 1960s. It has since gone on to become a favorite casual sneaker brand for not only skaters, but everyone from rock stars to grandmothers.
Vans has produced countless models throughout the years, but a few of their sneakers from the early days of the brand remain the most popular. These beloved models include the Old Skool, Sk8-Hi, Era, Authentic, Slip-On, and Half Cab. Although originally built for skateboarding functionality, these models have all gone on to be worn casually by anyone who enjoys the clean, simple, and timeless designs.
Vans sneakers most commonly are characterized by their low-profile silhouettes constructed in canvas and/or suede. The classic styles also each feature the brand’s vulcanized sole construction, with their signature waffle-patterned gum rubber outsole originally designed for ideal grip on the board. Each pair is finished with the “license plate” heel tab on the midsole, featuring the Vans “Off the Wall” logo.
The simple canvas and suede/leather construction of Vans footwear lends itself to versatile color combinations and customization. The classics have been featured in countless colorways and graphic-covered uppers throughout the years. The most iconic pattern found on a pair of Vans is the brand’s checkerboard motif, first found on the Slip-On in black and white, but since utilized on virtually every Vans model ever in endless colors. Along with the waffle sole, the checkerboard pattern is the brand’s most recognizable design element. A full range of Vans sneakers in various styles, colors, and prints for men, women, and kids are available now at Foot Locker. Along with the footwear, Vans apparel and accessories are also available.
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