Paul Van Doren was just 14 years old when he dropped out of school. After years working for a shoe manufacturing company, Paul founded his own shoe company in 1966, the Van Doren Rubber Company. The Vans story is one of perserverence and family, their iconic logo was designed by Paul Van Dorens son, Mark at age 13 which was later spray painted on the original Vans Skateboards with a stencil. Vans has been at the pinnacle skateboadring culture for years & Since 1966 Vans has become one of the most reknowned and worn shoe brand in history, with styles such as the Vans Authentic and Old Skool becoming a closet staple for teens and young adults alike.