Vans skateboarding shoes

Description (Brief)
Vans skateboarding shoes are blue canvas low tops. The shoe midsoles are white and the sole is the trademark deep tan, waffle pattern. There is only one shoe lace. These shoes are housed in a Vans shoe box which is black with the red trademark "Vans Off the Wall" skateboard on the top. This model of Vans is called the Authentic as these were one of the first models made and has been a staple of the company since it was founded in 1966.
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
canvas (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 10 in x 4 in x 3 1/2 in; 25.4 cm x 10.16 cm x 8.89 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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