It is widely known that there is a continental divide between the East Coasters and the West Coasters; the first ones are avid supporters of Converse All Stars, whereas the second ones tend to prefer Vans. But why not both? Vans are the sneakers that scream California cool, and -above all- the trademark shoe for the worldwide skaters. Let's take a look at the real thing now.
Vans were created in the '60s and are a SoCal legend.
It was the West Coast skating community that earned the company
a cultish following. Skaters in Manhattan Beach and Santa Monica began
customized services), and soon every skater (and surfer) along the California coast
a little movie called Fast Times at Ridgemont High hit the theaters.
Spicoli (Sean Penn) wore his pair of checkered Vans everywhere,
and within weeks the company was producing
millions of pairs of the shoe.
Excerpt taken from Nina Garcia's book,
The One Hundred