When the Van Doren brothers opened shop in Anaheim, California in 1966, we’re pretty sure they never envisioned how huge and influential their brand would become. Originally created as boat shoes, Californian skateboarders quickly adopted Vans as their footwear of choice and everything snowballed from there. From classics such as the Era and the Authentic, to Slip-Ons (Spicoli!) and Sk8-Hi’s – we all need a pair of Vans at one point in our lives. We’re Belgian waffles, they have waffle soles. It makes sense.