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The origins of the shoe actually came from a slip-on shoe produced by the company Paul Van Doren previously worked for that featured a non-skid sole designed for boating. Year: Late '70s. ... Vans initial idea was to recreate the trend on the rubber side profile, but later the company began making checkerboard canvases.
This model features the classic checkerboard pattern on the upper.The story of the checkerboard begins in 1977 when Vans style #48—the Classic Slip-On— was invented. With its low profile and slick design made it immensely popular. In the late ‘70s, Steve Van Doren, son of Vans founder Paul Van Doren, noticed that teenage skaters were coloring the rubber midsole of their shoe with black pens to create a checkerboard look. Steve further developed this idea, moving the pattern to the canvas upper to create the unmistakeable look.
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