The first Vans store opened its doors in 1966 in Anaheim, California. The brand started off by producing tailored sneakers and casual shoes for a small circle of customers. Many things have changed since then, and now Vans is one of the most respected street brands worldwide, grounded in the skate world and widely influential on pop culture and casual fashion. Founded and still led by the Van Doren brothers, Vans still plays a major role in the cultural and style revolutions of today. The Van Doren Rubber Company officially debuts on the market with the Vans Authentic, a low-top sneaker with a comfortable, durable thick gum sole. The now famous Off the Wall sticks out on the tongue, recalling the term used by the skaters in Venice Beach to describe that moment that lies between ascent and descent on the ramps. Another iconic element of Vans sneakers aesthetic comes shortly after, as the launch of the Vans Era presents to the world the vulcanized waffle sole, which improves traction and stability. This anti-slip outsole is applied to every Vans sneaker, as it happens for the Vans side wave, a leather insert that adorns almost every Vans style and first appeared on the Old Skool. The massive proposal of Vans shoes also count several Slip-On models, the timeless high-top profile of the Sk8 Hi and modern styles featuring the latest technological breakthroughs of the brand. But there’s more besides skate sneakers: the Vans selection on SPECTRUM also includes a wide array of skate clothing that ranges from chino pants, printed tees and overshirts to chore coats, long-sleeved T-shirts and caps.

How much is a pair of Vans?

In general, Vans sneakers are worldwide appreciated especially for their peerless durability, coziness and for a great price-performance ratio. Aside from some GORE-TEX® models that belong to the Vans MTE series and some limited edition collaborations, Vans shoes generally cost around €100, including premium makeups of the Vans Anaheim Factory, a line that reworks Old Skool and other Vans staples using high-quality materials. The price doesn’t reduce average quality though, which remains high throughout the whole Vans footwear. SPECTRUM offers a wide variety of Vans shoes, also featuring a section dedicated to Vans discounted sneakers. Explore our bargains on the Vans sale page.

Which style does Vans represent?

As a skate brand that continues to evolve and interact with different subcultures, Vans DNA keeps evolving, while its impact on streetwear and the whole street culture remains unaffected. The brand was born and thrived in California, actively supporting the emerging American skate scene. But defining Vans as a sole skate brand would be simplistic: the reality founded by the Van Doren brothers is a real pop culture and street style icon, recognized worldwide, globally exposed but still true to its origins. The balance reached by Vans lies in between popularity and underground: sneakers such as the Slip-on, special projects and skate clothing reflect the same hunger of the early days, while recent collaborations and dedicated lines (Vans MTE and Vans x Anderson Paak to name but a few) prove the brand’s signature tendency to innovate and push the boundaries of creativity, and Vans inborn ability to intercept the changes in society and culture.

What to wear with the Vans Old Skool?

Vans Old Skool easily falls into that small niche of world’s best-selling and most-loved shoes, along with Air Force 1 and Converse All-Star. Boasting a plain yet effective design, that consists of a canvas upper with a leather side wave sitting atop a vulcanized midsole completed by a waffle-patterned outsole, Old Skool are available in many different colors and makeups. Plus, this Vans shoe is well known for its versatility; they’re featured in every Vans collaboration and look good with every outfit, literally. Pairing the Old Skool with some chino pants, a long-sleeved tee and chore coat comes natural, but cargo pants and hoodies are an equally great complement.

How many types of Vans are there?

Said that Vans is basically a brand of skate sneakers with a strong focus on functionality and design, there are endless footwear options to pick from. The Vans Old Skool are the archetype of the brand’s sneaker proposal: built upon a waffle outsole with a vulcanized midsole, the Old Skool also features padded ankles for skaters. Same goes for the Sk8 Hi, the high-top equivalent of the Old Skool. The Authentic make things even simpler as they’re the epitome of Vans low sneakers constructed with canvas. Over the years Vans skate DNA has been influenced by other subcultures, slowly but gradually turning into a multi-layered reality. The Vans Vault footwear series groups together collaborations, limited editions and special projects made in collaboration with streetwear brands and artists with a similar vision such as Anderson Paak or Jun Takahashi. While the archive remains the main source of inspiration, on the other side Vans loves to test new technologies to make their shoes more and more comfortable and functional, as happened with Vans ComfyCush. The Cali-based brand also features an outdoor line dubbed Vans MTE, and more generally boasts a natural fit for cultural influences.

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