Back in 1996 in Anaheim, California the iconic rubber and waffle soled footwear we know today was first was 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 in 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 the community projects in Huntington Beach led them to be the skate-shoe of choice. They're come a long way as Vans can now be seen on the urban streets of London to the beaches of Europe and beyond as a staple shoe. If you share the same spirit - you can shop all our Vans collection.