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Whether you’re after some “Off the Wall” Authentics or fancy a black leather or leopard print twist on the classic formula, we’ve got the Vans trainers for you! We stock mens, womens, and kids Vans, all available with our Price Promise and Free, Fast Delivery in the UK.
12 pairs of trainers in your first day of business as an unknown brand may not sound bad to many people, but it may well be the worst day of sales that Vans has experienced in their near half century existence. In fact, the shop was so new that on that day, they had to take the orders, go to the factory to make the shoes, and give them to the returning customers later. They knew they were onto a winner when, after realising that they had no cash to provide change for their first dozen customers, all 12 returned the next day to pay for their shoes.
Selling skateboarding deck shoes, Vans were unusual as a retailer that was also manufacturing all their own shoes. The 12 pairs they sold that day in 1966 were of the design that became known as (and is still called to this day) the “Authentic”.
The Authentic’s reassuringly sturdy and grippy sole made them an instant hit with skateboarders up and down the California coast, and the brand expanded considerably. Vans introduced their iconic “Era” and “Slip On” styles in 1975 and 1976 respectively, and have riffed off these three classic design styles ever since, introducing other ranges including “Sk8 Hi” and “Old Skool”.
With the brand’s popularity, is was inevitable that it would soon find itself part of pop culture folklore. Perhaps their best known appearance was in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, where a pair of checkerboard slip ons (one of the many styles you can find at Cloggs) was the style favoured by a young Sean Penn.
You can find every style that made Vans the brand it is today here at Cloggs, your one stop shop for the latest styles!
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