The original skate-shoe company, Vans brought California's vivid skateboard subculture into fashion's mainstream. Founded in Anaheim in 1966, the company's iconic sneaker was an instant favorite among riders drawn to its sticky soles, durable construction and laid-back vibe. Now offering apparel and accessories in addition to shoes, Vans is synonymous with youth culture, music and action sports.
As the original skate-shoe company with an 'off the wall' reputation, Vans has had a loyal following since its 1966 founding in Anaheim, California. The company's first shoe, the Vans Authentic canvas sneaker, was favored by serious riders who loved its grippy soles and laid-back style. In 1977, the company rolled out the Vans Old Skool sneaker with its wavy 'jazz stripe' design, and Vans high-tops were introduced a year later. Vans shoes made a memorable big-screen appearance in 1982's 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High' when surfer-dude Jeff Spicoli, depicted by Sean Penn, wore a pair of Vans slip-ons in the iconic checkerboard design. These Vans styles are perennial bestsellers, thanks to the brand's commitment to innovative design and durable construction. You'll always find a fresh selection of men's Vans and women's Vans at Nordstrom, plus plenty of kids' styles, too.