At early 1966 Brothers Paul Van Doren and Jim Van Doren along with partners Gordon Lee and Serge Delia open for business at 704 E. Broadway in Anaheim, Calif. on March 16. The Van Doren Rubber Company is unique in that it manufactures shoes on premises and sells them directly to the public. On that first morning, 12 customers purchase shoes, which are made that day and ready for pick-up in the afternoon. At that year Vans #44 deck shoes, now known as the Authentic, are born.
At 1976 The Vans #95, now known as the Era, with a padded collar and different color combinations, is designed by Tony Alva and Stacy Peralta and becomes the shoe of choice for a generation of skateboarders.… Read More