Country of Origin: United States of America, California (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, California on March 16 of 1966. Lee opened the first Vans store under the name The Van Doren Rubber Company. The son of then-President and co-owner James Van Doren, Mark designed the logo as a stencil to be spray painted on his skateboards. After his son's interest in skateboarding James decided to manufacture skateboarding shoes. Vans now creates the world's leading action sports series ideal for skateboarding, BMX, surfing, wakeboarding, snowboarding, freestyle motocross and super cross. Vans shoes use a waffle thread sole for firmer grip.
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