The original surf shoe Vans was born in Southern California in 1966 by Paul Van Doren, his brother James Van Doren, and their friends Gordon and Serge D’Elia. Vans are known for being comfortable, stylish and affordable thus making them perfect for surfers. They are a shoe you can go skating in and wear to formal events like weddings were Vans are often worn by the groom and his groomsmen. I recently purchased two pairs of these classic Vans because I love the black suede on natural gum and the original waffle sole is simply classic. Vans is a huge supporter of surfing and sponsors some of the best surfers in the world! The Vans surf team includes the likes of Dane Reynolds, Nathan Fletcher, Andrew Doheny, and all three Gudauskas brothers to name a few.