Back in 1996 in Anaheim, California, the iconic waffle-soled footwear we know today was first created by the Van Doren rubber company. This is where the authentic Vans were born and are now a household name and a skatepark staple around the globe. The brand was propelled into the spotlight by skateboarder and entrepreneur Tony Alva and pro skater Stacy Peralta. This, paired with their tight-knit support of skate festivals, music events and community projects in Huntington Beach led them to be the skate-shoe of choice. They've come a long way and can now be seen everywhere, from the urban streets of London to the beaches of Europe and beyond. If you share the same spirit - shop our Vans collection.