Vans kicks off 2014 by celebrating the legacy of the Vans Sidestripe.

Debuting nearly four decades ago, the Sidestripe started as a random doodle by Vans Founder Paul Van Doren. Over the years, the simple motif has evolved into an iconic symbol of the brand’s heritage. Originally referred to as the “Jazz Stripe”, the Sidestripe has marked some of Vans’ most celebrated footwear styles since its inception.

For Spring 2014, the brand reflects on the Sidestripe’s history with an expanded range of the original sidestriped silhouette: the Old Skool.

The style originally debuted in 1977 as the “Style 36,” the first skate shoe to incorporate leather into its construction and the first piece of footwear to don the Sidestripe. It became a favorite among the skateboarders of the Dogtown era and the early BMX riders.

Spring 2014 honors the legacy of the Sidestripe with an expanded offering the Old Skool silhouette for men and women. From retro colorways dating back to the ’70s and ’80s to reissued prints from the archives featuring the original Van Doren heel tab, the extended assortment focuses on color, patterns and materials.

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