Vans' storied history, and our connection with skate and surf culture, began in 1966 Southern California with the rolling out of a single pair of shoes. They were named Authentic. In the generations since, they have only gotten more popular amongst hardcore skaters and skate enthusiasts. Their design is simple, stylish, and effective: a low top lace-up profile made with sturdy canvas uppers, and signature waffle rubber soles. "It's been 50 years since the Van Doren Bros. along with partners Gordon Lee and Serge Delia first celebrated thefirst pair of Vans shoes sold in Anaheim, CA. in March 16th 1966. The brand has come a long way after designing and selling their first pair; Vans #44 deck shoes. Since then Vans ""Off the Wall"" quickly becamea household brand and footwear of choice amongst skateboarders, surfers, snowboarders, wake boarders and all the other wannabes on the sidelines. Not only does Vans create awesome footwear, it also has a full clothing and accessories collection for men, women and children. Vans classic slip-on sneakers are a must have shoe style highly coveted among street style fashion stars across the globe, and no longer just amongst skateboarders. Famous international Hollywood actor Sean Penn made the Vans Classic Slip-Ons gain international attention when he wore them in the film Fast Times at Ridgemont High and soon after the infamous Vans sneakerssold out within days. Not only has the brand focused on their footwear and apparel, but it has made it a mission to incorporate a lifestyle for the brand hosting various sports events and music events such as the Vans Warped Tour for the first time in 2001.