Vans has been going on since 1966 it is one of the longest shoe brands and one of the most popular shoe brands too. On March 16th, 1966, at street 704E Broadway, in Anaheim, California, Paul Van Doren and three partners opened up their first ever store and the Vans dream was born. The Van Doren Rubber Company was unique in that it manufactures shoes and sells them directly to the public.