When our first shop opened in 1966, a customer asked for a trainer in a certain colour. Founder Paul Van Doren quickly replied that if they could bring in some fabric, he would make a pair from it. The idea stuck. The chequerboard design began initially from the desire of our customers to decorate their trainers using their own ideas. Now it’s part of what makes vans such a hit with creative types.
Nowadays, you don’t have to bring in your own fabric. We have a limitless number of customisation options available for five of our most popular trainers, plus kids’ trainers. All you have to do is dream up your design and submit it online, and we’ll do the rest. What do you need to know?