August 24, 2012 BY Aaron Hope
In 1977, Tony Alva transformed Vans’ standard Authentic deck shoe into a true skateboarding design by adding ankle padding for comfort and protection and a heel cup for strength. Another dozen or so years later, Off the Wall legend Steve Caballero got his first signature model, then began working in the opposite direction. Cab decided to copy what he’d seen with other skaters and scissor off his already-cushy signature hightops, and the Vans Half Cab was born. This new Artist Series release from Vans Pro Classics (a select collection of which Alva’s Era is one of the other two models) features a 1992 copyright and a Caballero dragon that looks like it came straight from a classic Powell deck, along with a bold crimson suede upper that’s available now from The General.