Thursday, November 3, 2011


***This is a first ... a guest post from Vans!***

First Steve Jobs ...  Al Davis it gets worse.   Always in 3’s…. here is your 3rd tragedy.
Today is a day that will be forever remembered. Mark it on your calendars, slip-on the checkerboards, ride a skateboard. Do it for Van.
I need some time.
Maybe I should run my Apple Hill 5k on Sunday in VANS! 

- From Vans


Vans shoes co-founder James Van Doren dies at 72

The Associated Press

Published Thursday, Nov. 03, 2011

FULLERTON, California -- Vans shoes co-founder James Van Doren has died in Southern California at 72.
The Van Doren Rubber Co.'s canvas deck shoes became favorites of the burgeoning skateboard culture because of sticky rubber soles that helped skaters grip their boards.
They got national exposure when Sean Penn wore Vans in the 1982 movie "Fast Times at Ridgemont High."
Van Doren's wife, Char, tells the Los Angeles Times that her husband died at his Fullerton home on Oct. 12 after a lengthy illness. A memorial Mass is planned Friday at Fullerton's St. Juliana Falconieri Church.
Van Doren and his older brother Paul began selling shoes in 1966.
James Van Doren guided the Cypress, California, company through the checkerboard era of the deck shoes. He ran Vans from 1976 to 1984.

Peanut in her first pair of Vans

Dad skating in his Vans with the Peanut

Mom in Vans and Peanut in her second pair of Vans

Squeaker will be sporting her first set of Vans very shortly.


  1. JD has planned on switching to Vans in the Spring of 2012...

  2. Had no idea of the history of the product- and the functional sticky soles that may have played a part in your Vans-crush. But don't those soles catch on linoleum, wood, and other smooth surfaces? AP