In 1966, Vans began producing sneakers with no real purpose in mind. As skaters soon discovered, though, the shoes’ soles were grippier than what you’d find on anything else at the time, but also thin enough to allow for good board feel. It didn’t take the company long to see this, and by the ‘70s, it had aligned itself with guys like Tony Alva and Stacy Peralta, who designed the #95, a shoe that we now know as the Era. In the decades that followed, Vans became a staple of skateshops everywhere. Today, you’d have a hard time counting every model and brand that owes a debt to its early designs.