Clothes of the Eighties, Vans tennis shoes
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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!

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