Originally called The Van Doren Rubber Company , Vans was created in 1966 by brothers Paul and James Van Doren along with their business partner Gordon Lee. Based in Anaheim California , Vans have been producing some of the most iconic and well known shoes in skateboarding for decades. Featuring their famous ultra grippy waffle sole , models like the Era , Sk8-Hi , Old Skool and the legendary Half Cab have been and are still worn by skateboarders all over the world.