Ty Caldwell

Get To Know Gabe Latini

Our Road Warrior is on a mission to Shoe the People. He's coming to an event near you and wants to see you. We'll be running social media promotions and give-aways throughout his tour. So check back for details and get to know this hilarious character that is the front lines of Astral Footwear. You'll totally have a man crush after this interview. 

Q - Where are you from originally?
A - I was born in Reno,NV. I spent my early years in Norfolk,VA before growing up in my parents home state of Pennsylvania. 

Q - How did you get involved with Astral?
A - I won my first Astral pfd (aquavest 300) In a wet tighty whitey contest at Gauley fest in 2005. I used blue steel to win. I also used to stuff life vests and sew dog beds at the Asheville HQ

Q - What was your first job ever?
A - I had a paper route with a buddy in middle school. My first real job was at a retail camping store in my local mall. 

Q - What is your favorite thing to do?
A - Anything related to mountains, forests and water but whitewater kayak most of all

Q - What is the best thing about selling shoes?
A - Meeting lots of people and their feet

Q - If you had one wish, what would it be?
A - World peace. Or my own bathroom at Bonnaroo

Q - What’s the dumbest thing you’ve ever done?
A - Watched a Donald Trump speech online

Q - What’s the best thing about the van?
A - The fact that it has a hammock in it. 

2016 Schedule

  • Hot Springs Trailfest
    April 21 - 22, 2018 - Hot Springs NC
    Come join us in beautiful Hot Springs, North Carolina for our annual Trailfest on the weekend of April 21st — a celebration of the world-famous Appalachian Trail. Hot Springs has the honor of having the famous Appalachian Trail go right through the main street in town, the only real ‘trail town’ on the AT. read more »

  • Jerrys Baddle
    April 28, 2018 - Saluda NC
    The 13th annual (!) Jerry's Baddle! The race consists of 4 miles of kayaking class V rapids, and 26 miles of road biking. Categories for individuals and teams. All proceeds benefit the ALS Association North Carolina Chapter, in memory of Jerry Beckwith. read more »

  • French Broad Rivers Fest
    May 4-6, 2018 - Hot Springs NC
    French Broad River Festival takes place every year during the first weekend of May in beautiful Hot Springs, North Carolina. The festival, a benefit for American Whitewater, The Verner Center for Early Learning and Hot Springs Community Learning Center, is located just 35 minutes north of Asheville at the beautiful Hot Springs Campground and Spa. Come spend the weekend with family and friends listening to great regional and national recording artists. Enjoy shopping for new outdoor gear at the Live Auction or with one of our many art and craft vendors. Try participating in the “Paddle with the Pros”, the Annual FBRF Mountain Bike Race, or the Annual French Broad River Raft Race.
    Come on out for a weekend of fun, family, art, music and adventure. read more »

  • Trail Days
    May 18-20, 2018 - Damascus VA
    Trail Days is a multi-day festival attracting 4000 hikers and about 15,000 other visitors to Damascus, VA each year. The event offers hiker workshops, hiker services, food, hiking gear vendors and entertainment. read more »

  • Mountain Sports Festival
    May 25-27, 2018 - Asheville NC
    The free festival showcases the terrain, environment and unique culture of Asheville, NC and the surrounding mountains. The Mountain Sports Festival is organized by a volunteer group of community oriented citizens dedicated to the presenting of a well balanced series of events that encourages participation on all levels. read more »

  • Bonnaroo
    June 7-10, 2018 - Manchester TN
    An escape into Excitement. Music. Art. Discoveries. Trees. Fresh Air. Green Grass. A mini film fest. Friends (Old / New). Adventure. Overwhelming happiness. Hugging a stranger by accident. Sharing and Generosity. Bonnaroovian Dancing. Hyperbolic verbiage. System overload. The perfect bite of ice cream. Sandals. Fallovers. Chirping Birds. Flashing Lights. Food and Drink. Variety. Singing. Laughing. Short shorts. High-Fives. Rocky IV in the cinema tent at 3am. Spicy Pie. Memories. Someone dressed up like Teen Wolf. Holy Cow(!) Moments. Interesting factoids. Egg sandwiches. More music. Adventure. Deep Breaths. Big smiles. This. That. The Other. Hellos and Goodbyes and reminders of all that we have to celebrate and look forward to next year and in the future. read more »

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