Everyone knows Vans shoes. The Waffle soles. The Off The Wall branding. Formed in 1966 by brothers Paul and Jim Van Doren out of a warehouse in Anaheim, California, Vans was first made popular because they were the shoes worn by Dog Town skate legends like Stacy Peralta.
Over 50 years later and Vans history is interwoven with board sport culture from the streets to the mountains. Vans is now an all-purpose skate, snowboard and surf footwear brand that makes rider-specific clothing and accessories that have their roots firmly in California’s laid back lifestyle.
Skate shoes for skaters - and everyone else.
Long-associated with skaters for their simple looks and their rubber vulcanized, waffle sole grip, that provides killer board feel, Vans still has its feet firmly planted in skateboarding.
Vans can be seen on guys like 2015 Thrasher Skater of The Year Anthony Van Engelen, who recently released his AV Pro Rapid Weld shoe with the company. Skate legends like John Cardiel and Steve Caballero – who’s innovative Half Cab design released over 30 years ago is still a staple – are still designing shoes for the brand, while top pro’s like Chima Ferguson and Gilbert Crockett have come out with pro shoes that have their heritage in classic Vans designs.
You can also never go wrong with a pair of Vans Authentics, Classics or Old Skools to skate in or just wear around town. Whether your shoe comes from the Sk8-Hi, mid-top, low cut or slip on mold of the Vans skateboard collection, you know it’s been tried, tested and designed for comfort and durability by skating’s best. The shoes don’t just skate rad they also look rad. That’s because Vans knows their timeless designs never go out of style.
Vans on snow
On the snowboard side of things, Vans have been in the boot-making game since 1995. The Vans line up features all the tech of modern snowboard boots, while relying on hard testing and color way input from legendary pro riders. Long associated with top pros like Jamie Lynn – who still has a pro V-66 boot with the brand – Vans continues to push snowboarding forward with their skate influenced boots.
Boots like the Hi Standard ooze style and comfort, and are perfect for the park rider, but also offer the support to slash turns anywhere on the mountain. The all-terrain durability and performance of the Sequel boot is one of Pat Moore’s favorites for launching off backcountry booters. Vans also produce a snowboard-specific range of clothing and accessories like beanies and hoodies, to keep you warm while looking fresh on and off the hill.
Apparel and Accessories with a California Surf and Streetwear vibe
Designed for skaters, snowboarders and surfers by people who ride, Vans offers a range of clothes that fit the lifestyle of what they represent. Here at Freeze we offer a range of jackets, hoodies, sweaters, shorts and t-shirts that fit right in on the slopes, beaches or skate spots you call home. Vans caps and sunglasses keep the sun out of your eyes and will have you looking fresh anywhere you hangout or ride, and a pair of Vans Classics go with any outfit.
Need any help to explore the range?
If you're not sure exactly which snowboard boot you need, then try checking out our snowboard boot buyer's guide. It lives on our gear guides page with lots of other useful stuff.
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