Vans takes it back to 1966, with a collection of Classic models that draw inspiration from the original footwear produced in Anaheim, Calif.
Back when Vans opened for business in 1966, a 400 sq. ft. retail store was connected to the front of the production factory, which sold a handful of simple canvas footwear. Today, the company draws from those early styling cues to update Vans classics, as a part of the ongoing Classics “Not Just One Thing” campaign.
Dubbed the “Anaheim Factory Pack”, the release boasts design elements that date back to the late ’60s and early ’70s. Style numbers are used to signify the original design mold of three footwear models – the Authentic 44, Old Skool 36 and Sk8-Hi 38. Each style utilizes a marshmallow sidewall with a higher profile and is treated with a slight sheen that was present after going through Vans’ early vulcanization process.
The entire collection features heavy a 10-oz. canvas and the Sidestripe models showcase a suede toe cap, heel counter and eyestay. All colorways — including the racing red, mineral green and light grey — could have been found when you visited the original Anaheim Factory store.
Lastly, Vans has added its premium UltraCush footliner, giving up a bit of a modern take.
The Vans “Anaheim Factory” Pack is available now at Vans retail stores and online, ranging from $75 to $85 USD.