Back in 1966, the Van Doren brothers and two business partners opened a small factory in Anaheim, California where they took orders for shoes and made them on site that day. The style on offer was the No. 44 Deck Shoe—extra tough with a wicked grippy sole originally intended for traction while boating in wet conditions; it quickly found a home in the burgeoning skate scene. The No. 44 is now called the Authentic, and while the Anaheim Factory Authentic kicks look identical to the shoes that walked out the doors of the Van Doren Rubber Co. 50+ years ago, Vans has updated the fit and materials for modernized comfort and wrapped them in a reissued checkerboard print to complete the look. It doesn’t get much more classic than this.
Measurements are in centimeters.