Paul Van Doren

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Paul Van Doren
Born (1930-06-12) June 12, 1930 (age 90)

Paul Van Doren (born June 12, 1930) is one of the founders of Vans, a shoe company in the United States.

Early life[edit]

Paul Van Doren is one of the two children of Johnson and Rena Van Doren. His father was an inventor while his mother was a seamstress.

Van Doren dropped out of school at the age of 14, when he was in the eighth grade. Interested in horses, he went to the race tracks every day; there, he became known as 'Dutch the Clutch.' [1] His mother then insisted that he get a job in a shoe factory.

Van Doren Rubber Company[edit]

In 1966, Van Doren, his brother James Van Doren, and their friends Gordon, Ryan Emmert and Serge D’Elia became partners in opening the first Vans. It took a year to build and set up the factory at 704 East Broadway in Anaheim. They offered only 3 different styles of shoes when they first opened; their prices ranged from $2.49 to $4.99.[2] Vans had about 70 stores in California by the end of the 1970s.[3] Van Doren ran the company until 1976, when James Van Doren took over.


  1. ^ "The History of Vans- Interview with Steve Van Doren Members". Sneaker Freaker. 2013. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
  2. ^ "History of Vans". Vans. 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
  3. ^ "The Vans Story". Vans. 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2013.