History of Vans

Timeline created by thelilbeast1904
  • Vans

    Vans
    Vans has been going on since 1966 it is one of the longest shoe brands and one of the most popular shoe brands too. On March 16th, 1966, at street 704E Broadway, in Anaheim, California, Paul Van Doren and three partners opened up their first ever store and the Vans dream was born. The Van Doren Rubber Company was unique in that it manufactures shoes and sells them directly to the public.
  • " Off the Wall"

    " Off the Wall"
    In 1979, Vans introduce the #44 shoe, and with the help of skateboarders and BMX riders the Vans Slip-On became all the rage in Southern California. By the end of the 1970s, Vans had 70 stores in California and sells through dealers both nationally and internationally.
  • Vans

    Vans
    Skateboarders who like Vans rugged make-up and sticky sole are seen sporting Vans all over Southern California in the early 1970s. In 1975, the Vans #95, known today as the Era was designed by Tony Alva and Stacy Peralta. With a padded collar and different colour combinations the Era becomes the shoe of choice for a generation of skateboarders.
  • Vans vs Athlectics

    Vans vs Athlectics
    As the 1980s rolled around, Paul Van Doren began to take a lesser role in the companies’ activities. Over this period, Vans started to create shoes for a number of sports from baseball, basketball and wrestling to skydiving in an effort to compete with large athletic shoe companies.
  • Van Slip On's

    Van Slip On's
    Vans Slip-Ons gained international attention and appeal when they were worn by Sean Penn in the 1982, iconic youth film “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” Although Vans core shoes were selling well, the wide range of products that the company now offered had drained the companies resources, and with Vans not able to overcome it’s debt they were forced to file for bankruptcy in 1983.
  • Vans

    Vans
    Vans begins manufacturing footwear overseas in 1994, allowing for development of new shoe styles, and huge expansion occurs. Vans then begins creating the world’s leading action sport series with the sponsorship of the inaugural Triple Crown of skateboarding, which then develops into the Vans Triple Crown series which includes events in skateboarding, BMX, surfing, wakeboarding, snowboarding, motocross and super cross.
  • Vans

    Vans
    1998 sees Vans open the first of its kind, a 46,000 square-foot indoor-outdoor Vans Skate park at the Block in Orange County. Vans makes initial public offering of stock, which is now traded on the NASDAQ stock exchange.
  • Vans

    Vans
    Vans are recognized by Forbes in 2000 and then again in 2001 as one of “America’s Best Small Companies.” 2001 sees Vans financing the production of Dogtown and Z-Boys, Stacy Peralta’s look at the beginnings of skateboarding and the personalities that evolved the sport. The film takes the Audience Award and the Best Director Award at the Sundance Film Festival. The film is narrated by Sean Penn. The same year Vans buys controlling interest of the Vans Warped Tour, the nation’s leading action
  • Vans Customs

    Vans Customs
    2004 Vans launches Vans Customs at www.vans.com , allowing would-be fashion designers to create their own Classic Slip-ons utilizing hundreds of different colour and pattern combinations. Vans stage what many consider to be the best bowl contest of all time, the inaugural Pro-tec Pool Party 2005 which took place in the replica of the legendary Combi Bowl at the Vans Skate Park at the Block at Orange. The same year, the Vans Warped Tour draws more than 680,000 punk fans during the summer, solid
  • Vans Continues

    Vans Continues
    Vans continues to forge innovative collaborations through the Vault by BVans line with Vans sneaker combinations with design giant Marc Jacobs and OC up-and-comers Trovata flying off the shelves. In 2006 Vans celebrates 40 years at the heart of youth culture.