VANS brand is the original action sports footwear, apparel and accessories brand. Vans authentic collections are sold globally in more than 75 countries through a network of subsidiaries, distributors and international offices. Vans also owns and operates nearly 600 retail locations around the world. The Vans brand promotes the action sports lifestyle, youth culture and creative self-expression through the support of athletes, musicians and artists and through progressive events and platforms such as the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing, Vans Pool Party, Vans Custom Culture, Vans Warped Tour, and Vans’ cultural hub and international music venue, the House of Vans. The Vans Authentic was the very first shoe made by Paul Van Doren when he opened the Van Doren Rubber Company in 1966. Over 50 years later, that shoe remains one of the most iconic footwear silhouettes of all time, and Vans is celebrating the icon with a special exhibit to showcase the design evolution through Vans’ history.