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Outsoles made from the Vans, Inc. manufacturing mold

Outsoles made from the Vans, Inc. manufacturing mold

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Description (Brief)
A pair of outsoles made from the Vans, Inc. manufacturing mold are a dark tan, made of rubber and are shaped like the sole of a shoe. This is the product of the Vans, Inc. waffle pattern mold. These are marked, "68M-wide [/] MS9E FS [/] WS 10.5 E." 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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Object Name
shoe outsoles
date made
Physical Description
rubber (overall material)
overall: 11 in x 5 in x 1/2 in; 27.94 cm x 12.7 cm x 1.27 cm
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Cultural and Community Life: Sport and Leisure
Sports & Leisure
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National Museum of American History
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