Vans has always been a skateboard shoe company, first and foremost, but recently delved into the surf shoe and casual shoe markets by blending their classic skate designs with current materials and fits. What evolved are the Vans Surf Siders. The Vans Rata Vulc is a slimmed-down slip-on, mid-ankle shoe that is perfect for summer. A simple shoe made from hemp and a gum sole, there`s no nonsense involved. Slip it on and go . . . there`s nothing more to it.