The first Vans shop was opened in California in 1966. Since that moment the Vans Empire has expanded to reach across the world. With rugged designs and specialized grip soles, these shoes instantly became a hit among the skateboarding community, propelling the brand to fame. The label has since branched out and now offers both men and women a range of clothing and accessories, as well as the signature Vans shoes. The Vans accessories range features sunglasses, caps and beanies, technology cases and watches.