Any skater, surfer, or snowboarder worth his or her salt has likely pulled on a pair of Vans shoes. The brand is iconic, to say the least, and yesterday it announced it had lost one of its founding fathers. Paul Van Doren, who helped create a shoe company synonymous with action sports, has passed away at 90.
Van Doren, who originally hailed from Boston, established the Van Doren Rubber Company in early 1966 in Anaheim, Calif. with his brother Steve and several other partners. At the time, the shoes retailed for about $2.50 and were made to order on the spot. They were extremely tough, thanks to the rubber developed by Van Doren.