Since it was founded in 1966, classic nautical Vans have become icons of contemporary footwear. Its founder Paul Van Doren opened his first store in California and quickly saw how much of the skateboarding community was wagering over Vans and asked for the shoe in more colors. With its thick vulcanized rubber soles and molded anti-skid systems, Vans sneakers with and without laces come in more than 60 styles along with a line of printed shirts, logo hoodies and rucksacks.