Skaters are notoriously fickle, but Vans has found a way to keep them loyal for five decades with its arsenal of great-looking high-performance shoes.
As the California brand marks its 50th anniversary, Footwear News looks back at 10 of Vans’ most iconic kicks.
This style was Vans’ first deck shoe and has since been embraced by professional skaters for its durability and grip.
The Era style was designed by pro skaters Tony Alva and Stacy Peralta. It was also the shoe that launched the “Off the Wall” logo.
The iconic slip-on rose to fame after being worn by Sean Penn’s surfer character Jeff Spicoli in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.”
The Old Skool sneaker debuted the brand’s now-signature Jazz Stripe — a design that began as a random doodle by founder Paul Van Doren.
The signature Sk8-Hi was born with a focus on new performance functions, like a higher silhouette shielding ankles from injuries.
As more technical flip-tricks burst onto the scene, skaters began flipping the collar of their shoes down — thus, a lower half-cab style emerged.
Designed in collaboration with the Vans amateur skate team in 2006, the Chukka Low is now available in a variety of customizable finishes.
This popular skate style was the premium high-top version of the “106 Low Top.”
The Nexpa is the look of choice for the Vans surf team. The clean, no-fuss sandal brings athletic foam comfort to its classic design.
The Chima’s updated design features new, lightweight internal elements like a Duracap upper reinforcement that prolongs the shoe’s lifespan.