Vans: Classics worn by Icons

The Vans Old Skool debuted in 1977 as the so-called "Style 36", and showcased the now iconic Vans sidestripe. What started as a random doodle by Paul Van Doren was originally referred to as the "jazz stripe", and over 40 years in the making, the sidestripe has become the unmistakable hallmark of the Vans brand. Eventually it became one of the most iconic sneakers worn by skaters and hypebeasts, buttoned-down 9-to-5ers and even celebrities.

In recent years, Vans has created shoes with streetwear labels like Supreme and Off-White to designers like Karl Lagerfeld; from pop culture touchstones like Star Wars to iconic musical acts like A Tribe Called Quest. Long-standing relationships have evolved from many collaborative efforts, of which the first joint venture with Supreme in the mid ‘90's marks the beginning of design projects and friendships that last to this day. "The Old Skool is iconic, classic skate," says Supreme's James Jebbia."In 1996, it was one of the best shoes offered by Vans and has really stood the test of time." Those collaborations—and the buzz they’ve generated—have brought Vans to a new kind of fan.

Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky both laced up the Old Skools on stage in 2017; Frank Ocean boldly wore checkerboard Slip-Ons to the Obama White House in 2016. Everyone from Kanye West to Tyler the Creator, from Kendall Jennar to Hailey Baldwin, has been snapped in a pair.

At our Vans shop you can find a wide range of Vans silhouettes. The Anaheim Factory models includes throwback details, using the original style number and color palettes, higher glossed foxing tape, cotton laces, original drill lining weight, and heavy 10 oz. canvas and suede uppers. Get yourself a pair of Vans at our Vans shop.