Yes, You Need These New '70s-Inspired Vans
Before actor Sean Penn famously wore a pair of checkerboard Vans slip-ons in Fast Times at Ridgemont High—and well before models like Kendall Jenner adopted the quintessential skater sneakers—Vans started out as a small manufacturing company in the heart of Orange County, California. The shoe brand eventually opened up shop, a 400-square-foot brick-and-mortar "House of Vans," selling its classic rubber-soled sneakers for under $5 a pop, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Fast-forward through 50 years and countless iterations of the sneakers of choice for skateboarders and fashion girls alike, and the iconic brand is paying homage to its Anaheim factory with a new collection. The Anaheim Factory Pack is a capsule of three classic silhouettes—Authentic 44, Old Skool 36, and Sk8-Hi 38—that were conceptualized and manufactured in the very factory where it all began in 1966. The 2017 version of the simple canvas sneakers utilizes original design features like marshmallow sidewalls with high profiles, cotton laces, a slightly glossier finish that resulted from the early vulcanization process, and all the colorways—including racing red, mineral green, and light gray—you would have found at the Anaheim factory circa the '60s and '70s. Ranging in price from $75 to $85, the sole update to the modern classics is the Ultra Cushfootliner to give your stride added comfort, whether you're skateboarding or simply embracing an old-school pair of seriously stylish sneakers.
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