So there’s this guy. Yeah – this guy. And
this guy decides to make a better deck shoe. This better deck shoe. With a rubber
sole that looked like waffles and stuck like syrup. And a custom upper made up of
whatever fabric you were feeling. And surfers dug that. So pretty soon these shoes started popping up all along the coastline. Including a little surf shop in Santa Monica. Where some
hoodrat kids had started surfing asphalt. Carving banks, hijacking pools and reinventing skateboarding in the process. So by
the time they showed up to Del Mar in matching blue ’44s, these shoes
was essential as the boards themselves. Then the guys were like “Hey can you make them like this?” So we did. Which lead to this shoe. Which lead to this shoe. Which lead to a stripe down the side. And kids sketching up the uppers. Then this guy took over and got these shoes traveling off the wall and into the ruckus. Sticking to the floor and bouncing around pits before ending up in Hollywood. Blowing up in a movie the lawyers say we can’t mention. Whatever. You know the one. From there we took it international. While uniting kids from Sao Paulo to Shanghai
under a checkerboard flag. And bringing the underground to the main stage one show at a time. Creating the House of Vans to give a nation millions of place to come up. Just like those that came before them. So while groupies line up to chase the
next fad, we’ll keep rockin our vans. Just like we have the last 50 years. Same as it ever was, only sometimes a
little different. This is our story and we’re sticking to it because we’re the
Van Doren Rubber Company but you can call us Vans. these shoes are inspired by surfing

The Story of Vans
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100 thoughts on “The Story of Vans

  • May 7, 2018 at 11:29 pm
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    Long live the Zephyr Boys

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  • May 8, 2018 at 11:56 pm
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    they need to make more of these than just like 5 these videos are awesome, animations hillarious, and we know the movie is Fast Times at Ridgemont High

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  • May 10, 2018 at 3:28 am
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    Question for anyone who knows some stuff on ward vans and why they are so similiar but a little bit different than the old skools????

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  • May 18, 2018 at 9:35 pm
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    What color shoes are those at the beginning?

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  • May 21, 2018 at 5:03 am
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    Ironic ending bc vans b&w old skools are the fad rn lmao

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  • May 29, 2018 at 5:58 pm
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    Theese graphics and video editing are so good man..

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  • June 3, 2018 at 6:23 pm
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    Fucking love my vans

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  • June 5, 2018 at 4:31 am
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    All the pepole at my school who where those black old skools and slip ons need to see this

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  • June 12, 2018 at 12:47 am
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    I am 40 and I got my first one only this year. Legendary stuff not by chance.

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  • June 18, 2018 at 9:42 pm
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    What kind of dork thumb-downs this?

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  • July 4, 2018 at 6:43 am
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    I got a pair of wards. They are sick. But why are they only sold at fred meyers footlocker kohls and Famous footwear?🤔

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  • July 6, 2018 at 6:39 pm
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    Where can I get the originals

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  • July 10, 2018 at 6:51 pm
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    I am a bmx rider

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  • July 16, 2018 at 9:43 am
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    It’s nice to see vans creating this fun video of the history of vans. Been skating myself for a long time and I gotta say I love the retro 70’s and 80’s style of skateboarding, where it came from and thrived. I even surf. And Jeff grosso, damn I love your loveletters!

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  • July 26, 2018 at 8:09 am
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    If you don't got any vans…THAN YOU BETTER BUY ONE RIGHT NOW!

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  • July 27, 2018 at 4:11 pm
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    Been wearing them since 12 years old

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  • July 28, 2018 at 3:10 am
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    Vans shoes, first factory store was on Broadway Ave. in Anaheim,  in '66….right next to the railroad tracks. I lived on south/east street  then, and we'd ride our schwinns down the train track side lines, past Santa Ana street and the orange juice canning factories,  and past Vans Shoes,  on our way to Ehlers' bicycle shop. They were good cheap canvas skate and surf shoes, because we could throw them in the washing machine to help get the sand out. Didn't need socks… Was surprised to hear that the Zepher crew up north,  had decided to copy our anaheim 'look'…Hard to believe that was more than fifty years ago. And then, the fast time movie came out,….Hollywood's version of what was already going on at Anaheim High, Katella High, Loara High,….who'da thunk it back then ?

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  • August 12, 2018 at 5:03 pm
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    Been only wearing Vans 7 years

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  • August 17, 2018 at 3:24 am
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    I wear new balance

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  • August 18, 2018 at 2:22 am
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    0:40 what type of shoe design is that?

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  • August 18, 2018 at 7:28 pm
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    I love the classic low cut black vans and the off white or cream coloured slip ons they are soo beautiful and the price to clout ratio is off the charts with these. If you are a person truly into fashion and street wear in general (no not talking bout hypebeast cuz they succ ) then you must have at least on pair of vans cuz these things are an essential.

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  • August 20, 2018 at 7:45 am
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    I’m from Santa Monica, what’s the name of the surf shop if it’s still open?

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  • August 26, 2018 at 1:08 am
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    is this Grosso?

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  • August 31, 2018 at 7:05 am
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    Is the movie they cant mention fast times at ridgemont high?

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  • September 1, 2018 at 10:56 pm
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    Cant get a better shoe then vans

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  • September 3, 2018 at 7:28 am
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    0:20 z boys or z flex boys

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  • September 4, 2018 at 4:46 am
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    my Vans story: a few other ppl and i used to wear Vans and it was our style until all these annoying kids began to wear them and take our style and make it look like we're just trying to fit in with everyone now when we are just trying to be our own unique selves. and yes i am the same age as all the kids im calling annoying

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  • September 5, 2018 at 1:40 am
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    I'm only wearing Vans after watching this

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  • September 8, 2018 at 2:50 am
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    Which Van's are the ones in 0:40

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  • September 13, 2018 at 11:44 pm
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    The real story: once. Upon a time the Kardashian’s wore them, then they were in style

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  • September 19, 2018 at 2:45 am
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    i love vans “off the wall” am i like the only person that thinks vans are aesthetic

    ok just me

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  • September 22, 2018 at 12:35 am
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    Never heard Jeff Grosso be so nice…

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  • September 26, 2018 at 2:28 am
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    I wish vans were still for cool skaters, and now they're all hipster

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  • September 28, 2018 at 4:26 am
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    Fast Times at Ridgemont High!!!

    “Hey Bud, Let’s Party!” – Jeff Spicoli

    All I wear are those checkered slip ons.

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  • September 29, 2018 at 12:44 pm
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    What’s the movie

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  • September 29, 2018 at 4:12 pm
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    I love vans I put them on

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  • September 30, 2018 at 2:43 am
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    Omggg

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  • September 30, 2018 at 2:11 pm
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    I don't own any of its products

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  • October 11, 2018 at 6:05 pm
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    off the wall

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  • October 12, 2018 at 5:05 am
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    Vans are dope asf they are affordable and look cool when they are dirty or clean and go with any style and fit any size and for any age.

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  • October 14, 2018 at 9:10 pm
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    Thanks for making awesome shoes vans, keep it up 😎😎😎

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  • October 16, 2018 at 2:15 am
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    I never really liked Vans but for some weird reason because of this video I kinda want to go out and get a pair now lol

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  • October 16, 2018 at 8:13 pm
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    do surfers wear shoes?

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  • October 19, 2018 at 12:32 am
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    Why did this show up in my recommended videos??

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  • October 23, 2018 at 12:28 am
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    The vans authentic is the peak of shoes

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  • October 25, 2018 at 5:25 pm
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    what shoes are they

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  • October 28, 2018 at 12:40 am
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    frickin love vans

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  • November 4, 2018 at 7:53 pm
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    daniels is yello why its not white shoe

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  • November 16, 2018 at 9:55 am
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    The pros are the best bmx shoe

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  • November 17, 2018 at 5:52 pm
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    I saw a movie called LOL its boy high school..and it had a part where a dude was wearing vans and the movie was made in 2012 I was shooked

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  • November 21, 2018 at 12:08 am
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    this video is cool asf!

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  • November 21, 2018 at 3:48 pm
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    Sorry, but this slightly skewed history lesson leaves out the Kids that grew up in Anaheim, near Broadway, East, South, and Santa Ana and Anaheim blvds./streets, where the Original Van shoe factory outlet was. Right there on the railroad tracks…. Long before the Zepher crew way up north,  picked up on the function, these local kids were skating in vans, riding wheelies on their schwinns, and cruising their bicycles down the santa ana river trail, pulling their surfboard on carts. History that we lived.

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  • November 25, 2018 at 9:10 pm
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    I ❤️ Vans. I've even tattooed the Vans logo on my body. My favourite Vans shoes are the Half Cabs, TNT & Chukka Lows. 🤘

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  • November 26, 2018 at 7:12 am
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    I thought it was a ad for a sec

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  • November 27, 2018 at 6:29 pm
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    IF YOU WANT CUSTOM VANS MENS 11.5 HMU🔥🔥 Insta: @smokey.supremes

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  • December 2, 2018 at 5:47 am
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    what is the name of the shoes with the white and blue foxline

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  • December 6, 2018 at 12:37 am
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    Yeah fast Times at Richmond high

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  • December 8, 2018 at 10:03 am
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    Vans fan from India

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  • December 21, 2018 at 6:35 pm
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    I'm not sure why people who don't skate wear Vans they aren't even comfortable except for the Vans pros and those were made specifically for skating

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  • December 23, 2018 at 6:02 pm
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    Make video about Half Cab

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  • December 26, 2018 at 6:26 am
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    I fucking love Van's

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  • December 30, 2018 at 3:03 am
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    Extra cool with the Grosso narration.

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  • January 3, 2019 at 11:35 pm
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    Square root of ans

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  • January 22, 2019 at 12:49 pm
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    I got my first vans shoes and they’re dope definitely buying another pair of vans soon

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  • January 27, 2019 at 4:45 am
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    Wait what movie was it

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  • February 10, 2019 at 5:35 am
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    0:43 got the same shoes!

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  • February 10, 2019 at 4:25 pm
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    I like nike

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  • February 13, 2019 at 3:25 pm
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    1:17 person on roof is one of The characters from sanjay and Craig

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  • February 26, 2019 at 2:15 pm
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    Cool shit!! Cali shoes ftw!!!

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  • February 27, 2019 at 8:32 am
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    Best shoes ever

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  • March 4, 2019 at 5:18 pm
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    Fast times at ridgemont high 🙂

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  • March 7, 2019 at 3:47 am
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    I LOVE VANS ,they are my fav kind of shoe . Toatally watch this 1 thousand time and you will LOVE this vid (KEEP ROCKING VANS)

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  • March 8, 2019 at 1:47 am
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    Who else thought the line at 0:09 was sick?

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  • March 9, 2019 at 9:45 am
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    Checkerboard flag

    Croatia uwu

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  • March 10, 2019 at 4:59 am
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    why am I-

    It’s 2 am

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  • March 14, 2019 at 1:01 am
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    2016 was like the biggest year for vans

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  • March 16, 2019 at 1:15 am
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    been three years

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  • March 28, 2019 at 5:00 am
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    These shoes hurt my damn feet

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  • April 1, 2019 at 6:26 pm
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    Vans off the wall dude

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  • April 3, 2019 at 10:29 pm
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    of the wall is on the floor

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  • April 4, 2019 at 2:57 am
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    God I love vans

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  • April 7, 2019 at 3:27 pm
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    A great shoe.

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  • April 9, 2019 at 4:51 am
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    Plot twist: When you throw them on the ground they land upright

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  • April 11, 2019 at 7:57 pm
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    Too many girl posers here in Southern California at my school, thanks PLUS VANS AREN’T RUNNING SHOES THEY ARE FOR COMFORT AND SURFIN THE STREETS

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  • April 14, 2019 at 11:38 am
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    何言ってんのか全然わからん

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  • April 28, 2019 at 2:54 pm
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    vans has been my go-to ever since for skating and everyday use. best shoes in the market.

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  • May 12, 2019 at 9:41 pm
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    What Vans do you prefer
    Like-old skool
    Comment-sk8-hi

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  • June 1, 2019 at 6:20 am
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    Bruh everyone at my middle school wears Vans except for me lol

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  • June 9, 2019 at 7:18 am
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    literally the best shoe brand in existence

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  • June 10, 2019 at 4:13 pm
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    Vandorne Rubber Company, huh.. 😀

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  • July 8, 2019 at 7:52 am
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    Gotta rep São Paulo!!

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  • July 11, 2019 at 3:28 pm
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    That was super gdod.

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  • August 4, 2019 at 3:53 am
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    ooooo

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  • August 12, 2019 at 10:12 pm
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    Does anybody know the production company that created this piece? It's incredible.

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  • August 16, 2019 at 11:40 am
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    Vans is the best BMX shoe, rubber holding up good (using our shoes for brakes on the tire) the waffle sole pattern grip the pedal perfect and they look hella good! LOVE VANS <3

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  • August 27, 2019 at 5:29 am
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    love to hear Grosso

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  • September 17, 2019 at 1:38 am
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    They didnt mention their bankruptcy

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