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Gilbert Crockett

Gilbert Crockett -- a wiry, bow-legged boy from Virginia -- is quite an enigmatic fellow, the likes of which we’ve never seen on a skateboard before.

Gilby is stone cold sober and yet looks like a drunken cowboy when he skates. He and his homies from Richmond have a fun and light-hearted approach to skating and filming, which stands in stark contrast to Gilbert’s meticulous and steadfast view on quality control. When he gets interested in something -- be it skating, shoe design or tattoos -- he dissects it to its core to fully understand its inner workings. When Offthewall.tv visited him a few years ago at his mom’s house in Virginia, he was making a pair of shoes by hand -- just because he was curious about how they were made. It was a no-brainer to offer Gil his own signature shoe. He’s an amazing and deserving skater whose part in the Vans video will be mind-blowing, and his attention to detail lends itself to making a great shoe. What’s really surprising is that considering Gil’s OCD personality, he didn’t want to make every pair by hand himself. 

SIGNATURE STYLES
Crockett Pro
When we visited our signature pro, Gilbert Crockett, a few years ago at his mom’s house in Virginia, he was already making a pair of shoes by hand just because he was curious to learn how they were made. It came as no surprise when Vans offered Gil his own signature shoe that he’d want to have input on every possible aspect and attribute of the shoe from cut to colors to material to technology. Naturally, his attention to detail lends itself to making one of the greatest skate shoes in the line, full of bells and whistles.

Originally launched in Spring 2014 the introductory Crockett Pro is a union of craft and science featuring Vans’ revolutionary WAFFLECUP bottom unit construction and fully-fused DURACAP upper reinforcement technologies. The simple yet practical design of the Vans Crockett Pro affords skateboarders the ultimate synthesis of durability and support with grip and responsiveness in levels currently unmatched by any other maker.

For Fall, Gil comes with three new classic colors of his Crockett Pro: Dark Grey, Port Royale, Navy/Gum. Like Gil’s skating, the Crockett Pro is a very smart and technological advanced shoe, disguised as something very simple and clean. Only his beautiful mind could concoct something so groundbreaking.

Interview

WHAT’S THE BEST TRIP YOU’VE EVER BEEN ON?

New Zealand, because I could drop out of the world and live there.

FAVORITE VANS RIDER?

AVE, because it's all real.

WHAT TRICK CAN’T YOU DO THAT YOU WISH YOU COULD?

Air like Grant [Taylor].

LAST GOOD BOOK YOU READ?

The Four Agreements. It's basically a book that teaches you ways to be the best you can be.

WHAT ARE SOME INTERESTS/HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF SKATING?

Fishing, living, eating, cobbling, camping.