Vans are more than just a shoe, their style transcends generations, beloved by skaters, musicians, artists and models. Starting off with a team of four, and now a global empire, the shoe brand offer a diverse range of merchandise. We look deeper into the history of each of their icons, how to style them and what’s new at Office.
The Sk8-hi was another newly introduced skate shoe after the Old Skool. Functionality was heightened by the new design, where skaters ankles had further protection. The new look at the time brought about a brand new style to the skatepark.
The Old Skool
The old skool is an all time favourite, launching in 1977 as the ‘first skate’ shoe, where leather panels increased durability. The jazz stripe was once just a doodled idea by Paul Van Doren, but now a defining hallmark of the Vans brand.
The Era was designed by skateboarders, Tony Alva and Stacy Peralta. The colour variations and padded collar became the skateboarder shoe of choice for years. Offering comfort, durability and flexibility for boarders.
The Slip On
The lace-less classic was made famous by the phenomenon of surfing and California’s youth culture. Sources do say Sean Penn sporting the pair in Penn 1982, iconic youth film “Fast Times at Ridgemont High’’ added momentum to the popular cut.
The ‘Authentic’ which was formally known as the deck shoe was designed by brothers Paul Van Doren and Jim Van Doren along with partners Gordon Lee and Serge Delia. The Van Doren Rubber Company started on March 16th 1966. The first morning of opening 12 pairs wore sold, this was the progressive start of the urban brand.