A shoe company that started up back in the 1960's. They make skateboarding shoes that are relatively inexpensive and are generally comfortable. Originally worn exclusively by skaters, now every fucking Hollister and Abercrombie brat has the fugly checkered slip ons because they are fucking trendwhores who buy into whatever is "in". It's kinda ironic how they went from being lyk totally gangsta G dawg wearing Nikes and listening to 50 Cent to being lyk totally punk rawker and listening to Simple Plan.
Other than the fugly slip ons, Vans makes good shoes.
This what a compliment on someone's Vans should look like:
Dudeman #1: Hey dude, I like your Vans. Half Cabs?
Dudeman #2: Yeah, I bought them at Zumiez. Really comfortable shoes.
This is how the conversations usually go:
Heather: Ohh mah gawd Becky, I lurrvvv your checkered Vans!!!!!
Becky: I know, we are like so totally punk rawker!!!!
Heather: We should, like, go listen to like, Simple Plan!!!!
Becky: Yeah!!!! And after that we'll waste our parents' money on overpriced clothing at Hollister!!!!
Heather: Like oh my gawd totally!!!!