Vans skateboarding shoes

Description (Brief)
Vans skateboarding shoes are white nylon with a white leather toe and eyestay. The trademark sidestripe is red leather and the shoe midsoles are white, the sole is the trademark deep tan, waffle pattern. This model of Vans was known as the "puffy" style of skate shoe and was prevalent in the 1990s and early 2000s.
Paul and Jim Van Doren, along with partners Gordon Lee and Serge Delia opened the Van Doren Rubber Company in 1966, manufacturing shoes and selling them directly to the public. Vans uses a vulcanized shoe making process where the rubber outsoles are heated and stretched onto the “lasted upper” of the shoe before the rubber is completely cured. The entire shoe is then heated to over 300 degrees. This process creates a ‘sticky’ sole popular with skaters for ensuring a good contact surface with their board. Using pro skaters to design their shoes, producing pro skater models and creating the trademark “sidestripe” recognizable around the world, Vans became the shoe of choice for a generation of skaters and grew into an international enterprise in just 50 years.
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Physical Description
leather (overall material)
nylon (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
overall: 11 1/4 in x 4 in x 4 in; 28.575 cm x 10.16 cm x 10.16 cm
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Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure
Sports & Leisure
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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