Arguably the granddaddy of skateboard fashion, Vans has been doing its thing since 1966. The Californian brand has been intertwined with the sport since the beginning, making some of the first purpose-built shoes for tearing up bowls and cruising the streets.
Today, Vans’s appeal isn’t limited to just skaters. After Converse, the label’s canvas sneakers are some of the most popular on the face of the Earth. Models like the Old Skool, the Authentic and the Sk8 Hi have become nothing short of shoe-rack essentials. It’s perhaps one of the first examples of skatewear going mainstream and when you look at the simplicity, versatility and timeless styling of Vans shoes, it’s not difficult to see why it caught on.