Vans Denim C&L Era 59 Style
The Vans Denim C&L Era 59 partly retreats from the skateboard and joins other stylish reinterpretations of the original skate-specific Vans Era. Like the other fab casts from the same lifestyle catalog such as Guate, with colorful native Guatemalan stripe pattern, and Aloha, accentuated by a floral printed liner, this Denim reproduction offers a relaxed and uncontrived style.
Reinforced with double-stitched denim and padded collars, you can break-in this savvy skate shoe during casual occasions, not necessarily on the board. Its low-top and lace-up design accentuated by a leather patch on the heel creates a fine-looking contrast when paired with stretch pants and pullovers, tracksuits and hoodies, and fleece pants that go with tees and beanies.
Vans Denim C&L Era 59 History
Vans Denim C&L Era 59 is one of the modern remakes of Vans’ prized creation, the classic skate shoe known as Vans Era which was born at the time when Californian skateboarding community was growing in heaps back in the 1970s.
If we scour through the old posters and ads of Vans since its inception in 1966 up until the mid-1970s, it will hard to unearth any information about the Vans Era. This is because, when this shoe was unveiled in 1977, it was simply classified as the Vans #95.
The Vans #95, which was later referred to as Vans Era, had features readily accepted by skate communities. Among these elements is a cushioned ankle collar which offers added protection and trademark waffle sole for traction, plus it came in different color schemes.
This dedicated skate shoe innovation by Vans was designed by 1970s pro skaters Tony Alva and Stacey Peralta. Both were members of the prominent surf-turned-skateboarding team in California the Z-Boys who was considered the top dogs in the skate scene during that time.
To illustrate the influence of these famous riders, they popularized some of the mid-air and sliding skate techniques which somehow defines the core of today’s aerial skateboarding. These street stars are also instrumental in putting Vans sneakers on the map as a go-to label, especially for avid skateboarders.
Over the coming years, the Vans Era became a perennial option in the brand’s skate catalog until it evolved into a lifestyle sneaker heralded not only by riders but by non-skaters too. Its functional built was restructured almost resembling a pair of handsome loafer with the addition of a leather patch on the heel area. The modified style was rebranded as Vans Era 59.
In 2013, the crusty look of the original Vans Era was softened with the refashioned form called the Vans Era 59 C&L. Apart from the leather accent, this classic and leather variation, which is just one of the popular Vans Era variations, has a printed interior lining which is suitable for off-the-board events or when wearers want stylish footwear to go with their streetwear garb.