Since 1966, Vans has captivated the youth with its canvas creations. The fascination began nearly five decades ago when the Van Doren family opened their first shoe store in Southern California and presented the public with an eclectic range of colors and prints to customise their footwear. These vivid prints infused a sense of personality into the shoes and created a true connection to early Vans enthusiasts. Over the years, many of these cherished prints have been discontinued leaving collectors and modern day sneakerheads in search of them. This spring, Vans reissues several of these archived prints for the sixth installment of the Van Doren Series.
The Van Doren Aborigine print returns on the uppers of the Era and Classic Slip-On as a psychedelic motif with a mix of bolds colors emblematic of the '80s skate art scene. The Multi Check Van Doren print reissues color schemes, sidewall graphics and checkerboard-filled logos from 1980's BMX packs for special color-ups of the Old Skool, Half Cab and Era. The Van Doren Stars & Stripes print reminisces over its '70s origins with a retro offering of the Authentic and Sk8-Hi Reissue. The Sk8-Hi Reissue expresses the pattern in a unique arrangement with stars showcased on its lateral panels and stripes exhibited on the medial sides. The Van Doren Series comes to a close with three additional colorways of the Authentic which feature vintage prints such as the Van Doren Grid Tribe, Paisley and Aloha Skull patterns.