Vans turns 50 this year and, unsurprisingly, the skate-centric brand knows how to celebrate. In addition to a grip of commemorative goodies (like this animated video tracing the brand’s history, and this string of concerts) Vans has been dropping a bunch of what they do best: shoes.
Over the past few months, Vans has released a series of new shoes and revivals — from the OG Authentic LX to the “Checkered Past” collection and 50 new color ways of the iconic Sk8-Hi silhouette. However, the most notable release was the Pro Classics series, which dropped worldwide on March 16th.
The 50th Anniversary Pro Classics line updates the brand’s most iconic silhouettes from 1966 to 2000 — Authentic, Era, Slip-on, Old Skool and more — with modern technologies and materials. Wearers will see the classic designs in slightly slimmer shapes, but, most notably, will feel the benefits from added features like Ultracrush HD sockliners and Duracap reinforced underlays. Fifty years means Vans have been with many of us since the first time we picked up a board of any kind. Regardless of whether or not we landed a kickflip in them, we’ve worn them, crisp or dirty, through many phases of life, and Vans is now prepared for many years to come.