More than half a century ago, an unknown high school dropout named Paul Van Doren would start a shoe company beloved by the likes of skaters, creatives, the counterculture and every other cool person you would ever associate with. The brand could come to be known as Vans and ‘Authentic: A Memoir by the Founder of Vans is the coffee table book that chronicles the brand’s rise from nothing to adoring the likes of stars in Lost, celebrities on the red carpet and supermodels post fashion show. In this refreshingly candid memoir, the charismatic founder Paul Van Doren shares his unlikely journey from high-school dropout to innovative sneaker legend in an impressive amount of detail. If you’re thinking about starting a business that’s in any way related to sneakers, you owe it to yourself to dive into the six decades of history presented over 300+ pages in this book. Authentic: A Memoir by the Founder of Vans will be available in Kindle and hardcover versions starting on April 27th.