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Rest In Peace, James Van Doren. Skaters Will Forever Be Grateful.

| Filed under: R.I.P.Shoes! Shoes! Shoes!

Vans Shoes James Van Doren Skateboard Skater Style

The mastermind of Vans Shoes, James Van Doren, has unfortunately passed away at the age of 72.

He died from a long affliction with cancer, but leaves a legacy of fashion greatness behind.

Vans, the shoe of the skater, is known for it's trademark waffle sole. This feature makes it almost impossible for a skater to slip off his board. It's also just pretty cool.

James' nephew, Steve Van Doren remembers him:

He was a mechanic, a chemist, the brains behind the early shoe. In his garage, he made all the molds for the very first soles.

Vans gained widespread popularity when they were featured on Sean Penn's feet in Fast Times At Ridgemont High.

Now everyone wears them, from SoCal skaters to Upper East Side rappers.

Thank you, James Van Doren. You made such a contribution!

[Image via AP Images.]

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