The story goes… “On March 16, 1966, at 704 E. Broadway, in Anaheim, California, brothers Paul Van Doren, James Van Doren, Gordy Lee and two other partners opened up the first Vans store. The Van Doren Rubber Company manufactured shoes and sold them directly to the public. On that first morning, twelve customers purchased Vans deck shoes, which are now known as “Authentic”. Vans displayed three styles of shoes, which were priced between $2.49 and $4.99, but on the day the store opened for business, the company had only made display models actually manufactured, but no inventory ready to sell. The store rack boxes were actually empty. Nevertheless, these 12 customers came into the store and selected the colors and styles they desired. The customers were asked to come back later in the afternoon. In the meantime, Van Doren and Lee rushed to the factory to manufacture the selected shoes. When the customers returned that afternoon to pick up their shoes, Van Doren and Lee realized that they had forgotten to have cash available to make change. The customers were given the shoes anyways and asked to return the following day to pay for them. Each of the 12 customers did return the next day to make the payments.”
Vans Authentic are a classic. Every sneakerhead should own a pair in my opinion because they are such great shoes but they are also very cheap as well. Personally, I own three pairs and will be getting a fourth very soon. There are so many colors that there is no way you can’t find a pair you’ll like. They have everything from classic black to cheetah patters and two-colored shoes. They can go with anything from skating clothes to khakis and a button up shirt. They’re very versatile in these ways.
As far as wear goes I put them right on par with Converse Chuck Taylor. They are super light but have a thick rubber bottom. This makes them great to wear in the summer because the upper is thin or in the winter because they have a thick bottom. Also, because they were made for skateboarding they have a flat bottom which makes them comfortable for just about any foot. Obviously, if you need shoes with a lot of support then these aren’t for you nor Chuck Taylors.
Vans Authentic is sold in so many stores, with Vans itself having the most options available. However, you can also go to stores like Tilly’s, Journey’s, and order from Eastbay.com. The 2013 Spring collection is already up for sale at Vans so be sure to check them out.
On a side note I’ve been doing this blog for a class and this is the last one I’m required to write. I’ve noticed I’ve gotten a few “likes” and follows so I greatly appreciate that. It’s pretty cool to be honest but I don’t know where my blog goes from here. I’d like to continue but who knows?