The Vans 106 Vulcanized footwear is unisex and is offered in sizes which range from 5 to 13. The sizing system is based on men’s sizes so women are advised to go down a size and a half from their usual size to get the proper fit. The lace closure of the sneakers can be tightened or loosened to secure and adjust the fit.
The Vans 106 Vulcanized shoes have a classic and heritage-looking style that is easy to match with any outfit, whether they be men’s or women’s clothing. The shoes look good when paired with plaid or khaki shorts, jeans, and khaki pants. The shoes also work well with some dresses and skirts.
The heritage styling of the Vans 106 Vulcanized sneakers makes it easy to dress the shoes up or down. The classic looks of the shoes can take the wearer from a casual setting to a professional one. But more noteworthy than the styling is the comfort and flexibility of the sneakers which allow the wearer to utilize it for more than just fashion.
The Vans company was started by brothers Jim and Paul Van Doren in 1966 along with two other business partners. The company was unique in its services in that it manufactured shoes right there on the premises and sold them directly to the public. In the same year that the company opened, the brand introduced the #44 Deck shoes which are now known as the Authentic.
In the early 70’s, use of Vans shoes for skateboarding began to spread all over. Skateboarders particularly liked the sticky outsole and rugged makeup of the brand’s footwear. The success of the company further strengthened in the 80s when Sean Penn wore one of their models, the Vans Classic Slip-Ons, for his movie, Fast Times at Ridgemont High. This movie not only gave the company new customers but also gained them international recognition.
Since then, the brand has released numerous silhouettes and have moved on to make footwear for other sports as well.
- The Vans 106 Vulcanized was released by the brand in July of 2009. The first release initially contained only four colorways: black, green, purple, and blue.
- The shoes retailed for $65 then.
- The shoes featured a padded collar, vulcanized rubber outsole with a Vans original Waffle pattern, and canvas upper.