Authentic by Paul Van Doren | Vans

Authentic by Paul Van Doren

Colour

Black
Checking availability...
Please select a size
This item is currently out of stock
You have successfully added Authentic by Paul Van Doren to your Favourites.
[ES_PRODUCT_DETAIL_DELIVERY_INFORMATION]

FREE STANDARD DELIVERY ON €50+ ORDERS
NOT SURE? TRY IT ON. RETURN IT FOR FREE WITHIN 30 DAYS

Reviews

Rated (0) out of (5) stars
Description and features

For more than a generation, Vans shoes have been synonymous with cool. Now, in his refreshingly candid memoir, AUTHENTIC, founder Paul Van Doren takes you behind the iconic sidestripe as he shares his unlikely journey from high-school dropout to industry legend.

A blue-collar kid with no higher education and zero retail experience, Van Doren started out as a 16-year-old “service boy” at a local rubber factory. In 1966, when the first House of Vans store opened, there weren’t even any stand-alone retail stores just for shoes. But over the next few decades, he leveraged a knack for numbers, a genius for efficiency, and the know-how to make a great canvas tennis shoe into an all-American success story.

And yet, it wasn’t always easy. There was also back-breaking work, a shocking bankruptcy, family turmoil, and a profound shift in how customers think about athletic shoes. Still, Van Doren’s bold experiments in product design, distribution, and marketing-aided by legions of fans including skateboarders, surfers, and even Sean Penn wearing Vans’ famous checkerboard Classic Slip-On in the film Fast Times at Ridgemont High-made Vans into a globally recognized brand beloved by athletes, artists, and creative people everywhere.

AUTHENTIC details Van Doren’s personal life, but also hard-won business lessons learned over six turbulent decades in the shoe trade: the importance of deep-rooted values, of improvisation, of vision (and revision), and above all, of valuing people over profits.

Style: VN0A7YFRNOA

In Store Availability

Color:

Size:

Select Size:

Please enter your "Postal Code" to find stores

STORES - Available as of 06 December 2022 06:19:03 EST

thank you!

We are processing your request

You will shortly receive an email with the details of your reservation. When your items are ready to collect, you'll receive your confirmation email and will have 48 hours to visit the store. After this time, your reservation will expire and the items will be available again for other customers to purchase. Please note: the online price may differ from the one in store.

Reserve Online Form
* Required