Vans skateboarding shoes

Vans skateboarding shoes

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Description (Brief)
Vans skateboarding shoes are red canvas hi-tops with a dark blue suede toe and eyestay. The trademark sidestripe is blue leather and the shoe midsoles are white, the sole is the trademark deep tan, waffle pattern. This model of Vans is known as the Sk8-Hi and was introduced in 1978 as "Style 38." This hi-top model was only the second model to feature the trademark Sidestripe and provided the skater with protection around their most often abused ankles.
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
skateboarding shoes
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Physical Description
canvas (overall material)
leather (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
overall: 10 3/4 in x 3 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in; 27.305 cm x 9.525 cm x 13.97 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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