Vans has been a popular brand for shoes since the 1960s. Originally, the shoes featured a diamond pattern in the sole. Unfortunately, the design cracked along the ball of the outsole. The founders realized that the shoes would have to be made stronger and more durable. They started adding vertical lines to the ball area in order to strengthen the shoes. THIS design would become the signature look for Vans shoes.
Skateboarders across the country began wearing this brand in 1976, and in the 1980s, the brand became mainstream. Pro skaters Stacy Peralta and Tony Alva came out with the very first pair of Vans Era in red and blue in 1976.
Today, there are many amazing styles available to suit any shopper’s tastes. The slip-ons tend to be the top selling, although many people love the boots and sandals as well. Vans shoes are typically categorized as Athletic, Casual, and Action Sport.
The colors range from simple to bright. The classic Van Era remains the top-selling pair to this day. For men, these lace-up skate shoes are very comfortable. They feature a padded collar, a gum rubber outsole, and Die-cut insert. Even though they look best on skateboarders, they can be worn casually as everyday shoes as well.
Sometimes you will find checkered styles on Van shoes. These are neat patterns that really stand out. You will be noticed if you wear a pair of colorful checkered style shoes, with their double stitch vamps and cotton drill lining.
Many of the women’s styles are similar to the men’s styles, although women have some high-tops and slouch boots to choose from as well. Some of the shoes have cute Hello Kitty screenprints along with vulcanized construction for a sleek look.
The slouch boots have a nice, chic look that will make any woman feel classy. These are slip-on style short boots with cushioned footbeds. They fit smugly thanks to the metal D-ring buckle.
Some of the high-tops are simple with neutral colors and some are quite flashy. They all have lace-up closures for a firm, but comfortable fit. The outsoles on the high-tops are made with extra thick gum rubber.
Every pair of Vans shoes is designed for comfort. Not only do they look great, they FEEL great – and last for a long time. Even if you’re not a skater, you will still like the look of some of these shoes and boots. The brand has come a long way over the years, but the designs are timeless.