The 10 Most Iconic Vans Sneakers Ever

Vans Slip-On
Vans Slip-On style
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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.

AUTHENTIC
Debut: 1966
This style was Vans’ first deck shoe and has since been embraced by professional skaters for its durability and grip.

Vans Authentic Vans Authentic style. Courtesy of brand.

ERA
Debut: 1976
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.

Vans Era Vans Era style. Courtesy of brand.

CLASSIC SLIP-ON
Debut: 1977
The iconic slip-on rose to fame after being worn by Sean Penn’s surfer character Jeff Spicoli in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.”

Vans Slip-On Vans Slip-On style. Courtesy of brand.

OLD SKOOL
Debut: 1977
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.

Vans Old Skool Vans Old Skool shoe. Courtesy of brand.

SK8-HI
Debut: 1978
The signature Sk8-Hi was born with a focus on new performance functions, like a higher silhouette shielding ankles from injuries.

Vans Sk8-Hi Vans Sk8-Hi style. Courtesy of brand.

HALF CAB
Debut: 1992
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.

Vans Half Cab Vans Half Cab sneaker. Courtesy of brand.

CHUKKA LOW
Debut: 2006
Designed in collaboration with the Vans amateur skate team in 2006, the Chukka Low is now available in a variety of customizable finishes.

Vans Chukka Low Vans Chukka Low style. Courtesy of brand.

ALOMAR
Debut: 2010
This popular skate style was the premium high-top version of the “106 Low Top.”

Vans Alomar Vans Alomar shoe Courtesy of brand.

NEXPA
Debut: 2011
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.

Vans Nexpa Vans Nexpa flip-flop. Courtesy of brand.

CHIMA PRO
Debut: 2013
The Chima’s updated design features new, lightweight internal elements like a Duracap upper reinforcement that prolongs the shoe’s lifespan.

Vans Chima Pro Vans Chima Pro sneaker. Courtesy of brand.

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