50 Moments That Changed Sneaker Culture Forever

"Fast Times at Ridgemont High" Is Released

Date: 10/13/1982

Jeff Spicoli was the quintessential Cali stoner, introduced to the world with board shorts and the soon-to-be-iconic checkerboard Vans slip-ons via 1982's Fast Times at Ridgemont High. And in between bong hits and infuriating Mr. Hand, Spicoli did more to push Vans to the general shoe-buying public than an entire decade's worth of ads. "All I need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and I'm fine." Us too, Jeff, us too.

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