Vans have been one of the most popular brands for skate shoes since the Van Doren brothers, alongside Gordon Lee and Serge Delia’s #44 Deck Shoes (now known as the Authentic) hit the market in 1966 and were quickly adopted by skaters during the birth of skateboarding in California. Over time, the company went on to create some of the most recognisable silhouettes in the extreme sport, donned by skaters, musicians, artists and everybody in between.
The waffle-soled shoe took the brand worldwide, collaborating with pro-skaters after the Steve Caballero signature (AKA the Half Cab), other clothing brands including Supreme, painters including Damian Hurst, film franchises like Star Wars and musicians such as Iron Maiden, Public Enemy and Odd Future. The brand was also responsible for one of the most prestigious alternative festivals of modern times, the iconic Warped Tour that ran annually from 1995 to 2019.
This year, Vans has updated a couple of their fan favourites, the Old Skool (introduced in 1977 under the original name #36) which was the first of the collection to sport the recognisable leather side stripe and the Epoch, first released in 1994 with a modernised ‘V’ logo to the side and a woven tongue label. These two styles have been wrapped in premium pigskin suede for a touch of luxury, with a classic vulcanised sole and red heel tab.