Vans are a well known manufacturer of "skate" shoes -
shoes which were originally designed for skateboarding and other
urban pursuits, such as BMX riders and wakeboarders. Nowadays, Vans
has become a brand which is no longer a niche product, but is worn
as a casual fashion item. The Vans company was created in 1966 in
Anaheim, California; it's first shoe was created for skateboarding
and the design has remained the same ever since - it is now called
the Vans Authentic.
The Authentic has a simple design, with a flat sole to provide
maximum grip. The Authentic features a waffle bottom construction
for it's sole, and is made from vulcanized rubber - a chemical process
which increases durability. The upper of a Van Authentic is usually
made from canvas, but there has been some designs made from leather.
The pattern and colour of the upper/sole varies, with Vans releasing
countless versions of the Authentic.