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about the creator
Ever since its creation on March 16 1966 by Paul Van Doren, James Van Doren and their three associates, Vans keeps increasing its popularity. Created in California, the shoe label first produces its creations in the local Anaheim factory. At the opening, twelve customers place their first orders. They can go and get their shoes the same afternoon: the model #44, known as the "Authentic", is born. In the beginning of the '70s, skaters are observed at their favourite sports wearing the brand's shoes, which are becoming the most appreciated footwear for activities involving two or more wheels. The creations keep coming: the #96 ("Era") in 1976, the #34 ("Old Skool") and the #78 ("Classic Slip-on") in 1977, and finally #38 ("Sk8-Hi") in 1978, perfect for skaters, who expose their ankles to everyday tension. The shoes become classics are worn by rock and sports icons, but also by fashion fans. Besides the undeniable comfort, Vans stand out in the fashion world thanks to their unique aesthetics. Bongénie Grieder proposes the Californian shoe creations online and in-store. Discover the new colours, and add one of the must-haves your shoe collection is missing.