While most people think that Vans is a really cool new brand, they are only half right. While it's certainly one of the coolest brands going, it's actually a lot older than you might have guessed. Their first store opened in 1966, and on that day they managed to sell no more than 12 pairs of shoes.
As with any superior product however, it wasn't long before people realised that these new Vans deck shoes were something really special and they spread out across the world. Now, more than 50 years after their initial launch, the Vans brand is worth well over $2 billion and sells in the region of 300 million pairs of shoes per year.
Park these Vans on your Feet!
Vans' stellar reputation for producing stylish and comfortable footwear is very well deserved. In a way, they revolutionised the entire footwear industry by providing people with a viable alternative to your typical runners and trainers as far as sportswear is concerned. The unmistakable shape and two tiered design made Vans an instant hit with teenage skater types, adrenaline junkies and extreme sports aficionados. However, the wider fashion world was not far behind when it came to embracing this awesome new style of footwear.
The ability to seamlessly combine the best of both worlds; sporting sensibilities along with a fashion conscious hipness, Vans hit that sweet spot between style and comfort. They can be worn with pretty much any outfit and at any occasion. Whether you're looking for something casual to slip on with a nice pair of jeans or a summer skirt for that boho chic look, this is the footwear brand for you. Some enterprising young women have even gone so far as to push the boundaries and pair their Vans with skater dresses for a brave and bold fashion statement that screams 'new retro'!
More than just Shoes
As one of the world's leading apparel brands, Vans have branched out beyond their footwear origins to create a full range of clothing. As one would expect from them, their range of clothes and accessories (their bags and backpacks are particularly good quality) is every bit as hip as their famous shoes.