In 1977 Tony Alva modified the Classic Authentic by adding collar padding and a heel cap for support, making the first shoe specifically for skateboarding. So this idea of Pro Classics has been around for awhile. Every season we work on these to make them a little bit better than the last, so for Fall 2011, we added a new sockliner, DURACAPÂ® to the upper and kept the price the same as before. Skate Pro Classics. They’re the best. Only better.
Back in ’66, Paul van Doren made the first soles of his new shoes twice as thick so they would wear longer and, unlike other shoe manufacturers, he used pure crepe rubber with no filler. That decision ended up shaping the company when the world’s first skateboarders discovered how Vans’ now-famous ORIGINAL WAFFLE outsole gum rubber compound let them feel their boards while keeping them firmly connected to them.