The team in Anaheim aren't slowing down at all during 2016. The golden anniversary celebration kicked off in earnest back in March and Vans has kept us busy with one rad drop after another. For August, they have released a set of 9 pairs and a few shirts that they have dubbed the Van Doren Approved Collection, which gets its name because these vintage prints and styles were hand picked by the man himself.
We got a head start on this collection a couple weeks ago when the two harlequin styled Sk8 Hi 98 and Era 59 were released, so we won't focus too much on those. What we'd like to touch on more in this article are the two Slip On 98's and three Chukka 49A's that get the reissue treatment this time around.
The Slip On was introduced as the Style 98 in 1977 and almost immediately became a staple of southern California. In 1982, a little known actor named Sean Penn wore the checkerboard slip on as part of his surf skater wardrobe in the role of Jeff Spicoli in the classic Fast Times at Ridgemont High. The role helped to solidify the staying power of the silhouette and also gave rise to the heartfelt nickname "Spicolis." Steve chose two colorways for this reissue: a checkered stv/navy mock up and an grape/aloha with an island vibe.
Most people agree that Vans debuted the Style 49 sometime in the 70's as a padding-free suede silhouette. The Chukka model was very popular among surfers due to their easy on/easy off capabilities lent by the shoes only having two eyelets. From the late 80's and into the 90's, the Chukka 49 spent lots of time on the feet of notable skaters like John Cardiel, Mark Gonzales, and Kareem Campbell. Steve handpicked three different vintage colorways for these: an aloha that is complementary to the aforementioned Slip On 98, classic black, and a warm teal.
Aside from the footwear, Vans is releasing a few shirts and other accessories with the Van Doren seal of approval. The white Van Doren tee and pirate long sleeve are must haves. Vans paid particular attention to the details in this collection, even down to the promo photo of Steve Van Doren buried in shoes which recreates a classic image from the 90's. We really think these turned out great.
The Vans 50th Anniversary Van Doren Approved Collection is available now at Vans and other stockists around the globe.