I used to wear Vans all the time. After buying a pair of Nikes, I realized just how uncomfortable Vans were. They have very little support in them. Ah well.. maybe I'm just getting old.
Yes, you are. I know it well.
Van's were made locally (to me) thirty years ago and they had little neighborhood shops in the area, one a mile form my house. For an extra couple of bucks they would make a "custom" pair for you. You chose the style, top material and sole pattern/material and they would make to your length and width (standard, narrow or wide). As I wear an A or B width, they were the only "tennis" shoe that I wore for years. You could also go to a fabric store and buy a yard and a half of any cloth/material whatsoever and for another $5, they would apply that to the top.
Who used to have some absolutely, smashing, dynamite, one-of-a-kind tennies.