Founded in California in 1966 as the Van Doren Rubber Company, Vans shoes are a true subculture icon: a name that immediately comes to mind in connection with skateboarding, skate culture, and its ongoing relevance. The brand’s foundational sneakers feature a flat, honeycombed rubber sole topped with canvas, leather, and suede in an array of colorways that seems to expand as rapidly as the universe. Beyond the identifiably classic low-top slip-on skate sneaker, Vans produces timeless high-tops, mid-tops, and all varieties of new and classic women’s sneakers.

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