RIP: James Van Doren

Given the fact that I’m wearing Vans right now, and have done for most of my life, this post seems mandatory. I don’t know how often people think about the founders of any footwear brand, but given how influential Vans was and still is, I think this post is completely justified and respect should be given.

According to Steve Van Doren:
“He was a mechanic, a chemist, the brains behind the early shoe,” said his nephew, Steve Van Doren, one of several family members who still work for the company. “In his garage, he made all the molds for the very first soles,” including the trademark waffle design.

Read about the passing of Vans co-founder James Van Doren HERE.

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