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The birth of Vans shoes began March 16, 1966 at 704 E. Broadway in Anaheim, California. Paul Van Doren and three partners opened their first store. The Van Doren Rubber Company was unique in making shoes and sold them directly to the public. On that first morning, 12 customers purchased Vans shoes, which are now known as the Vans Authentics. The company continued to grow in 1970. During this period, the new material is born: The canvas and rubber mukluks under contract with the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Air Force. The first skaters who liked Vans, roamed the streets with a style and stuck the first trash stickers Vans throughout Southern California in the early 1970s. In 1975, Mark '95 Vans known today as a reference was designed by Tony Alva and Stacy Peralta. With a padded collar and different color combinations the Vans Era became the shoe of choice for a generation of skateboarders. In 1979, Vans introduced the first shoe Vans 44 and with the help of skateboarders and BMX the Vans Slip-On became very fashionable in southern California. In the late 1970s, Vans had 70 stores in California and Vans began to be sold by distributors nationally and internationally.
In 1980, Paul Van Doren began to take a lesser role in business activities Vans. During this period, Vans started to create shoes for a number of sports of baseball, basketball and parachuting in order to compete with large athletic shoe companies. Vans Slip-On has attracted international attention when they were worn by Sean Penn in 1982, the iconic film Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Although Vans core shoes were selling well, they exhausted the resources of enterprises. Vans was no longer able to overcome its debt they were forced to declare bankruptcy in 1983.
After three years, Vans had paid back all creditors and emerged from bankruptcy. In 1988 Vans original owner sold the company to Vans investment bank. The company has been sold several times since to reach $ 396 million in 2004 to Greensboro. Steve Van Doren, the son of co-founder Paul Van Doren is still in the business as his sister Cheryl and his daughter Kristy. Vans began manufacturing footwear overseas in 1994, enabling the development of new styles of shoes.
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