The 10 Most Iconic Vans Sneakers Ever

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.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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

Vans Alomar
Vans Alomar shoe
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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.
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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.
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