VANS. The history of the skate shoe would never be complete without a mention of this brand.
Founded in 1966, they made a name for themselves creating iconic designs such as the Era, Authentic, and the Old Skool, which was the first shoe bearing the VANS sidestripe, a defining feature of the Old Skool line. Featuring waffle outsoles throughout the range, you’re not buying just any skate shoe, you’re buying a part of history.
Transcending beyond skate shoe culture, VANS holds a significant spot in modern street style as a rugged yet elegant solution for everyday footwear. With forays into music and other action sports, the brand continues to capture the imagination of youths to this day.
The Old Skool debuted in 1977 as the so-called “Style 36”, and showcased the now iconic Vans sidestripe. A new low-top style as Vans’ first skate shoe that incorporated leather panels, the company that had been founded as the Van Doren Rubber Company in Anaheim in 1966 had a new classic silhouette on its hands. What started as a random doodle by Paul Van Doren was originally referred to as the “jazz stripe”, and over 35 years in the making, the sidestripe has become the unmistakable hallmark of the Vans brand.