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It’s hard to find a person who hasn’t heard of this iconic, skater lead brand, and with the various styles, colours and materials used in their creations, there’s no style that isn’t complemented by some Vans trainers. Despite their original designs still going strong, Vans isn’t a brand to stay stationary, and their styles range from chunky Sk8 Hi designs to simple slip-on looks, in a variety of colours and patterns. With their traditional rubber soles offering grip and comfort, Vans are the number one brand out there for quality shoes that you can rely on, no matter what fit you go for.
But what makes Instagram so great? After all, we are already able to share photos through Facebook, Twitter and a whole host of other niche photo apps. So why Instagram? Aside from the obvious technology features that make the app a social success (Facebook, Twitter and foursquare integration, photo tagging by hashtag and location, photo news stream, ability to like and comment on photos, etc.), I am convinced that the success behind Instagram is much deeper and lies in the app’s ability to make anyone feel like a professional photographer, telling the story of their life through really cool looking photos. There’s only so much you can do artistically with a Facebook photo uploaded from your mobile phone, but Instagram gives you the ability to really tell a story through images alone. Another component of the app’s success (IMHO) lies in the app’s simplicity and limited functionality. Instagram is solely about photos. No video, no links, no games. Just photos. This simplicity is a breath of fresh air from Facebook and other services.
The huge brand we know today started off in 1966 as one shop in Anaheim, California. Their brand was unique in the fact that you could visit the store, pick one of the sturdy rubber soled shoes, and have it made in house for you to pick up later on in the day. The quick, stylish and high quality shoes were a hit with the skaters of California, due to their grip and easy, relaxed design. Over time, and with the creation of new iconic designs, Vans branched out from California to the rest of the world, causing a surge in popularity and a rise in its style influence. Over the years it’s collaborated with some of the most iconic artists and brands, including Disney, Murakami, Peanuts and Motörhead.
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