Paul Van Doren and his partners launched Vans in Anaheim, California, in the 1960s with the simple objective of building a better sneaker—one with a thicker sole, higher-quality canvas and more-reslisient nylon thread. They succeeded, but it took legions of '70s skateboarders to elevate the shoe to cult status.
Edmundo Castillo woven calf and elastic sneakers, $490, Neiman Marcus. Alice and Olivia silk blend top, $165; aliceandolivia.com. W118 by Walter Baker track pants, walterbaker.com. Marc by Marc Jacobs leather and plastic watch, $175; watchstation.com.