Vans is an American manufacturer of skateboarding shoes and related apparel, based in Santa Ana, California, owned by VF Corporation. The company also sponsors surf, snowboarding, BMX, and motocross teams. Since 1996, the company has been the primary sponsor of the annual Vans Warped Tour traveling rock festival.
On March 16, 1966, at 704 East Broadway in Anaheim, California, brothers Paul Van Doren and James Van Doren, Gordon C Lee, and Serge D’Elia opened the first Vans store under the name The Van Doren Rubber Company. … On that first morning, twelve customers purchased Vans deckshoes, which are now known as “Authentic”.