Saturday, May 8, 2021

Vans Sneakers

At any given time I have 3-4 pairs of Vans sneakers in my closet. I like their style, comfort and reasonable price. Today I'm wearing my Vans shirt and shoes in honor of company founder, Paul Van Doren.

Paul died this week at age 90. A high school drop-out, he started the shoe company in 1966 with his brother and some friends. Despite initial hardship, they hung in there and eventually prospered. The company now sells $2 billion dollars of shoes each year. Vans initially caught on with surfers and skateboarders; later they catapulted into the sky when Sean Penn wore them for his character, Spicoli, in the 1982 film, "Fast Times at Ridgemont High."

Paul published his memoir two weeks ago ("Authentic"). I haven't read it yet but plan to. Rest in peace, bro.


  1. Aw, here's to Paul! I've owned a few pairs of Vans in my life. Who could forget Spicoli whacking his Van shoe on his head??

    1. Yup. Great character, fun movie. I just bought two more pairs today to replace old ones.

  2. My brother used to love Vans back in the day. Kind of makes me feel young.

  3. Not being much of a sneaker girl, I never owned a pair of Vans, although I do remember Sean Penn's character in that movie! xxx

  4. I love Vans though can't wear them much these days. Still, they're ultra classic.

  5. Vans are a classic- I actually can't believe I don't have a pair or two myself. Might have to change that!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  6. I have never owned Vans, but I'm familiar with them. They are a global brand.

  7. My Granddaughter is Devoted to VANS Shoes... I hadn't heard that their Founder Died, but at 90 he had a good run and his success story is certainly inspirational and deserving.

  8. Though I've never owned a pair of Vans myself, I'm very familiar with the brand and have enjoyed watching their continued success + popularity over the years.

    Much like Doc Martens, Vans have had a strong impact on alt and counterculture fashion over the years and will, I'd venture to guess, continue to be thrive for many more generations to come.

    Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life