Vans Old Skool
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History of the Vans company & the Old Skool model
The Vans company started with brothers Paul & Jim Van Doren and their partners Gordon Lee & Serge Delia in California in 1966. The company stood out with its unique manufacturing process. On their first day, they sold 12 shoes made in the morning and ready for pick-up in the afternoon of the very same day.
In 1977, the Vans Old Skool model made its first appearance with a very special feature: today's famous Vans Sidestripe. The Old Skool trainer was Vans' first skate shoe with integrated leather parts for more endurance.
By the 1990s, the Old Skool trainer started to be worn by highly influential people, from pro skaters and rock stars to celebrities and hip-hop heads.
During this decade, the Vans Old Skool model put a dent in the history of sneakers culture, thanks to the co-branded long-term partnership between Vans and the legendary skateboarding shop Supreme.
This first collaboration was a pivotal moment in the trainer's history. The '96 Old Skool remains, until today, one of the holy grails for trainers collectors. After that, the Old Skool has been reimagined in collaborations with brands such as Stussy, Toy Story, Tyler the Creator, and Peanuts cartoon.
Skateboarders Best Friend
The 1970s was the decade of skateboarding democratization as skaters started embracing the rubber-soled canvas trainers. Today, with an estimation of 1,500 skateparks in the UK and 60,000 regularly active skateboarders, plus about 300,000 casual ones, skateboarding has definitely become one of the country's most popular sports. While each sport has its own preferences, skateboarding has its proper sneakers. There are now millions of reviews for the Vans Old Skool from different skaters all over the internet.
Many factors are involved in being considered a good skateboarder, but there are no more significant factors than style and performance.
The classic and timeless design of the Vans Old Skools will undoubtedly make you look great while allowing you to perform at your best with their durability.
Try styling them with slim or skinny fit denim that you can cuff to show the low top of the trainers. If you're already a fan of no-show socks, you'll love to wear them with these sneakers, especially with shorts.
So are you in team simple and basic Vans Old Skool or the more decorated versions? Both are very cool and easy to style. Just remember that when wearing trainers with many details, make sure to keep the rest of your outfit minimalist. While you can go all fun and bold with your apparel if you're picking the simple version.
Your creativity is your best guide. So let the world hear your unique voice!
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