During the Spring of 1966, brothers Paul and James opened the Van Doren Rubber Company in Anaheim, California, making footwear and clothing for local surfers. Half-a-century later, the brand is the most historic and preeminent manufacturer of skate shoes in the world. Simply put, there is classic footwear, then there are Vans. Styles like the black and white old Skools and Checkerboard High Tops have transcended skateboarding, now occupying spots in streetwear editorials and luxury fashion shows. It doesn't matter if you skate, surf, or snowboard, a pair of Vans complements your casual outfit when exploring any Canadian city.