Vans Release Dates and Information. Vans, which started out as a skateboarding line, has evolved into so much more. Classic models like the Old Skool, SK8 edition, and the Slip-Ons from the Vault line are shown. We also chronicle every Vans collaboration from skaters to stores. Started by Paul Van Doren and three others in Anaheim, California, they would place orders with customers and have them ready by the end of the day. Never miss a Vans release, and keep it locked to this section.