July
30
2013
By
of Valet.
Old Dog, New Tricks

The Many Faces of Vans

The Original

$45, at Zappos

Vintage Jersey

$55 / $35, at Nordstrom

Oxford Cloth

$55, at Zappos

Waxed Camo

$55, at PacSun

Acid Washed

$55, at Urban Outfitters

Washed Canvas

$60, at J.Crew

Bandana Lined

$70, at Steven Alan

 
$2.49
The price of a pair of Vans in 1966.

In 1966, Paul Van Doren opened a small shop in Anahem, California, selling simple rubber and canvas shoes. Within a few years, skateboarders the world over would be sporting the sticky-soled shoes and eventually, Vans would become something of a sub-culture status symbol. While there are no shortage of canvas kicks you can wear in warm weather, a pair of Vans Authentics will add a relaxed, retro vibe to whatever you're wearing. But the real question is: what kind should you sport? As of late, the signature shoes have been remade in everything from shirting fabrics and waxed camo canvas to acid washed twill. Then again, since they're so affordable, you don't have to choose just one.

 

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