The city was Anaheim, California. The date was March 16, 1966. Brothers Paul Van Doren and James Van Doren opened their first store under the name The Van Doren Rubber Company. They sold 12 shoes that first day and now nearly 50 years later hundreds of thousands of Vans shoes have graced the feet of many generations. Surf and Dirt offers dozens of styles and colorways of the now famous Vans shoes including the favorites, Skate-Hi, Authentic, Era, Chiba, Old Skool and much more. We also offer Vans tee shirts, Vans Hoodies, Vans hats as well as a huge selection of Vans women's shirts and clothing.