Vans are the world’s #1 skateboarding shoes. But from their start in 1966. The shoe brand we know and love as Vans actually started as the Van Doren Rubber Company, in Anaheim California. Van Doren Rubber specialised in making canvas deck shoes with grippy rubber soles. Vans have been a footwear staple in the counter-culture scene for over 50 years and have become one of the world's leading skate brands, delivering quality and style like no other.