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Sex: Male
Type of clothing: Shoes
When it was popular: 198?
Description: The shoes of choice for skateboarders everywhere.
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Anji - October 02, 2007 - Report this comment
Vans are still awesome!!
tennis - December 13, 2007 - Report this comment
I miss the old vans tennis shoes. They were freakin cool.
wen - December 30, 2007 - Report this comment
These came out in the late seventies. I had many pair in 1978 and 1988. LOOOOOOOOOOOOVVVVVEEEE them!!!!!!!!!!!
Ken - January 07, 2008 - Report this comment
After "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" in '82, checkerboard Vans sales blew up. Everybody wore them; every company had knock-offs. Nice to see them in style again.
stormdragon27 - February 14, 2008 - Report this comment
Vans are all I've worn for years now.
jamie - April 12, 2008 - Report this comment
I had the pink and purple checkerboard vans and loved them!!! We were so poor, and all I wanted were a pair of Levi 501 button fly jeans and my pink and purple vans. When my parents finally gave in, I was the happiest kid in the world. That was over 20 years ago and I still remember the feelings of excitement. I treasured those Vans
Jt62786 - January 21, 2009 - Report this comment
I Have apair of black ones that are 4 years old
Rob - April 28, 2009 - Report this comment
I worked for Vans in Anaheim,Ca.from 1981-1984 at the height of their popularity. I worked as a quality control and warehouse supervisor. My favorite slip on was black and white checkered.I worked directly for James Van Doren Jr.
Anya - May 11, 2009 - Report this comment
I Have a black and pink pair 3:39
ama - November 27, 2009 - Report this comment
I worked for Van's, too, in the 80s. They were super cool and I thought it was a great high school job! I remember the Van Doren's and their big company picnics near the factory in Santa Ana. I can still remember the code #s, too! 98-19 = navy blue off the wall slip on! now I live in Korea and it's such a weird thing to see teens and 20somethings in Korea wearing VANS/1
Aidan - January 13, 2010 - Report this comment
That would have been so cool working for Vans in the 80s. Great story, bro! I raced BMX all over the east coast from 83 to 87, and I know I easily wore out 25 pairs of Vans in that same time frame. My parents and sponsor were not to happy with me requesting a new pair every 3 or 4 weeks... Ha! I am now in my 30s and getting ready to buy my first pair of Vans (authentic, of course!) in like 20 years! Timeless classics!
Judy - December 13, 2010 - Report this comment
Born and raised in Anaheim. I would special order vans in all kinds of color combos from the store on Broadway. Love them.
Craig - March 19, 2011 - Report this comment
I got my pair on my 10th bday, after begging mum to get me a pair of the black/chequered vans back in 1982 they were $50, I remember how much I liked these shoes, I'm now 39 and I'm looking at getting a pair again.
Andy - May 15, 2012 - Report this comment
I'm 42 and have some photos of me racing BMX in the early 80's with a slip-on pair with colored polka dots on them. We called them Wonder Bread Vans. Wish I could find another pair of those...
K - February 17, 2014 - Report this comment
I'm a 47 yr old female & have been wearing Vans since 1986. Best non-athletic tennis shoes ever made. An American success story. Over the years they began to be made in China, I contacted Vans in Cali & they hooked me up with several styles that were still made in America. I've bought myself a new pair of Vans almost every summer for close to 30 years. Even have suede Van boots. Classic off white tie still my favorite. Thanks Vans, for being a fun slice of America!!
Talia - August 24, 2014 - Report this comment
Hey all! I'm 44 and was a skater as a young girl! I still have my very 1st pair of Vans from 1984 and yes I still wear them! I worked hard to pay for them the summer before freshman year! They are black! Maybe not perfect now but dang those shoes are made to last! Looking for a pair alike like them so I can salvage my now not everyday ones!
james - September 30, 2016 - Report this comment
Vans changed after sold in 1988 after that made somewhere else for awhile they still were made the same but eventually no more distinctive smell no more heal pad and the just didn't wear good would love to know where you get an American made pair
matt - July 20, 2019 - Report this comment
Wore Vans with my tux for every high school prom (1984-1986) Mine were all white. Classic, comfortable and so 80s.

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