THE HISTORY OF VANS: STEVE VAN DOREN INTERVIEW
I’ve found there are two common ways people remember visiting southern California. One is tales of smog, traffic, tourist traps, fast food and girls with fake tits. The other is Hollywood, Rodeo Drive, Disneyland and cosmetically enhanced breasts. For me, it’s always been the simple, everyday icons the locals have grown up with and take for granted – sunshine, double doubles (animal style), Wahoo’s Fish Tacos and… great racks. These were the happy thoughts I had in my head as I strolled down Flinders St in Melbourne on the way to learn more about another SoCal legend – the sneaker company known as Vans.
I was on my way to interview Steve Van Doren, whose father had co-founded the company nearly 40 years ago, and who has spent most of his life immersed in the business of VANS. I was pretty pumped. It’s not everyday you get a history lesson in sneakers straight from the horse’s mouth.
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