James Van Doren: Co-founder of Vans shoes dies at 72

In the mid 80s Vans were the only sneaker I wore.  And there was one reason:  Spicoli.

The brand gained national recognition when Sean Penn donned a pair of checkerboard slip-on Vans to play the spaced-out Spicoli in the 1982 film "Fast Times at Ridgemont High."

via www.latimes.com

If you're too young to know the name Spicoli ...

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMtdrKIdDgE]

And now in 2011, Vans are the only sneaker I wear.  RIP Mr. Van Doren.