Vans Sneakers and Clothing: "Off the Wall" Styles and Unique Accessories

Since 1966, Vans skate shoes have dominated the scene. From humble beginnings in Anaheim, California, Vans have taken over the world with comfortable and unique designs great for skateboarding or just hanging out with friends. Whether you're headed to a concert or grabbing your board for a cruise, Vans clothing has a look for you. Slip on some new Vans shoes and pair them with a hoodie or tee for a great look on the half-pipe, on a city sidewalk, or at the beach. The Vans look reminds fans of surfing or cruising in the California sun, but it's known and loved worldwide.
Where Can I Buy New Vans Shoes?
You can buy Vans online right here, or you can visit any Journeys location near you. Whether you're shopping online or in person, you'll find that our Vans store is stocked with all of the latest designs.

Who Created Vans Shoes?
Vans were originally created in 1966 by Paul and James Van Doren and Gordon Lee in Anaheim, California. The first Vans shoe store was called The Van Doren Rubber Company. It made a name for itself with a rugged shoe design called "The Authentic," which had a sticky sole that skaters loved. It wasn't long before customers could find a Vans store in locations all over California.

What Are the Different Types of Vans Shoes?
Vans come in many different styles, including slip-on, Old Skool, Authentic, MTE, Sk8 Hi, UltraRange and fun collaborations such as the Vans x One Piece collection. Vans are available in canvas, suede and leather, and they're comfy enough to wear all day.

Do Vans Shoes Stretch?
Most Vans shoes are made of canvas, which will loosen up a little with wear. A typical pair of Vans tennis shoes will stretch an eighth of an inch or so.

Are Vans Gym Shoes?
Vans aren't specifically designed to be gym shoes, but you can wear them just about anywhere, including the gym. Of course, you'll want to keep the demands of your workout routine in mind: We probably wouldn't recommend wearing slip-ons to the gym, for instance. If you're looking for Vans running shoes, the Old Skool and Sk8 Hi styles are the best choices, as they offer better support for the arches and ankles.

Are Vans True to Size?
Most Vans shoes are true to size. If you're between sizes, we usually recommend sizing up for most styles. If in doubt, stop by your nearest Journeys store to try on a few pairs of Vans in person.

Do Vans Slip-Ons Run Big or Small?
Vans slip-ons are true to size, but they may seem a little snug at first. They'll loosen up with use for a perfectly comfy fit.

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