Vans Authentic

Paul Van Doren and his three partners opened their first shoe store at 704 East Broadway, Anatheim, California, on 16 March 1966. The Van Doren Rubber Company was unusual in that it not only manufactured shoes, it also sold them directly to the public. On their first morning, 12 customers purchased shoes, which were made that da and were ready to be picked up in the afternoon. Those shoes were the Vans deck shoes 44, now known as the Autentic.