Vans is an US manufacturer famous for its sneakers, BMX shoes, snowboarding boots, and skateboarding footwear. They also make lots of accessories and other clothing gear too such as t-shirts and hoodies. Vans started way back in the 60's but took off big time in the mid seventies when skateboarder took a liking to their super grippy soles and comfy fit. In 1976 their world famous #44 shoes and the slip on style skate shoes became an international success. Soon people who didn't skateboard began to wear Vans.