[UPDATE: This story was originally published on August 14.]
In our eyes, Vans is like the Disneyland of the sneaker world. After all, who doesn't happily remember their first pair? The iconic kicks are synonymous with the Dogtown dudes (and countless other surf and skate stars), '80s cult-fave flicks (hello, Spicoli from Fast Times At Ridgemont High!), and, of course, cool comfort ideal for laid-back Saturdays.
So, when we found out Vans' HQ is just as hip as the shoes' spunky track record — and that the Cypress station is just a hop, skate, and a jump from L.A. — we needed to cruise on over. What did we find? Let's just say avant-garde art drips from the angular walls, good-lookin' ladies and gents work (and play) away, and there really isn't a frown to be found in the house. See it all for yourself right here with our virtual Vans voyage. After peeping these pics, we promise you'll be sporting your past and present pairs with a whole new skip in your step!
Photographed by Erin Yamagata