vintage VELVET VANS chukka boot black velour style #80 MADE IN USA 90's thin sole granny boot

 in the 1970's van doren rubber company as a subsidiary of vans were under contract to produce extreme cold weather mukluk boots for the US department of defence & air force. that's some serious backing from the US government for those considered to be at the peak of footwear construction & reliability. also in production were these examples of smooth reef/diving shoes with a thin dimpled outsole.

 not sure who came 1st but the reef walkers resemble closely & perhaps inspired the style #80 chukka boot with calender outsole. 

 a rare model from the early 90's which barely surfaces today although when it does often comes draped in velvet! granny boot sensibility with the comfort of a slipper.

vintage vans style #80 chukka boot
black velvet
calender outsole
made in usa circa 1991
new in box

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