The Californian brand Vans saw the light of day in 1966. Back then Vans was called the Van Doren Rubber Company, named after the brand's founder. The brand's first iconic design was the Vans #44. It's THE skate shoe! Over the years, Vans has reached a wider clientele thanks to its Slip-on model, which first appeared in the 80s and was inspired by the super-comfy shoes worn by hospital staff.