Who was the person who invented Vans tennis shoes?

I believe his name was Van Doren. I still have an old Vans box that says Van Doren .I can remember in the early/mid 70's my Brother buying them through Surfer magazine because they didn't have a "store" at the time. My first time buying them in a store (LATE 70'S ) was located on Washington Blvd. In Culver City Cal. just east of Lincoln Blvd.

On March 16, 1966, at 704 E. Broadway, in Anaheim, California, Paul Van Doren and three partners opened up their first store. The Van Doren Rubber Company was unique in that it manufactured shoes and sold them directly to the public. On that first morning, 12 customers purchased Vans deck shoes, which are now known as Authentic. The shoes which were made that day were ready for pick-up in the afternoon.

*my first pair of Vans were bought for me by my parents at this store... red authentics/classics...in 1974.. still wear them to this day ...*