â€œMan, I need Vans.â€
From an Anaheim, California warehouse in 1966 Paul Van Doren churned out the first pair of Vans. They were basic canvas creations, outfitted with a diamond patterned sole and compact rows of laces, but before long those rubber sneakers would send southern California, and eventually the rest of the world into a frenzy.
Today, you can still walk into really any shoe store in the world and pick up a pair of Vans that looks almost identical to the pair that Van Doren produced back in the late sixties. While their contemporary models are now made abroad (come on guys, whereâ€™s the Made in the USA Vans collection weâ€™ve all been waiting for) they do still retain that laid-back, easy wearing vibe that made them so damn popular nearly a half century ago. Whatâ€™s best about Vans is that their irresistible simplicity has made them an ideal platform for countless obscure patterns, collaborations, and revamps. Weâ€™ve rounded out ten of our favorite Vans from the past year or so to add some rubber to your summertime shoe rotation.
The Flight Path
The Gregory Peck
Good Connections – Vans x Opening Ceremony “Magritte” Collection
The Italian – Vans x Diemme
Desert Storm – Beauty & Youth x Vans