With so many footwear options available to today’s skateboarders, it’s hard to imagine a time when skaters struggled to find appropriate sneakers. Flashing back to the mid-’70s, there was no such thing as Nike SB or Supra, and the only dunk that mattered to skaters was dropping into a bowl. With the help of his brother James, a gentlemen by the name of Paul Van Doren would revolutionize skate footwear. Using the input of well-known skateboarders, the Vans Era was the first sneaker of its kind.
The Vans Era has since gone onto become an iconic piece of fashion, regularly spotted on celebrities like Kanye West. Its silhouette has been the base for several popular collaborations with brands like Comme des Garcons, Supreme, and Carhartt Work In Progress. A game changer through and through, these are ten things you may not know about the Vans Era.
Riley Jones is a journalism student from Charlottesville, VA. With an unshakable affinity for basketball and all things ’90s, he can be found on Twitter here.
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