Nov 9th 2013 brought yet another chapter of Torontos sneaker scene. The Toronto Raptors joined by FootLocker Canada decided it was time to take a crack (no Rob Ford joke here) and open up the Air Canada Center to our citie's sole enthusiasts. Bringing together the locals that live and breathe everything and anything sneaker related. Very similar event as we have seen in the past, just a new face running it in the background, in a new establishment. It all makes perfect sense, why not have a sneaker event at the ACC. This is something our city has been waiting for you could say. Your usual suspects in attendance, buyers, sellers, traders, vendors, Foot Locker showing off their beautiful Jordan hardwood court display, Raptor dance pack beauties walking around keeping patrons smiling, music bumping at the perfect BPM's. MLSE opened up a table full of autographed Raptor worn pairs as well as some not worn, with proceeds going to the MLSE charitable foundation. TorontoLovesKicks showed some sample Fila goods that won't be out until next year, if that's not hot enough, they had a strong nostalgic Travel Fox set up, original pairs from the '80's/'90's. Keep a ear out for that brand name if you're not familiar with it, just sayin. Of course the main reason KickTixTO attendees were on hand was to witness the crowning of the best sneaker showing at the event. While the judges walked around, talking to the individuals/crews that brought some serious collectables to show off, I know the final decision could not have been a easy one. Victorious at the end of the day, #SneakerMisfits brought heavy hitting sole goodness to take the title home, $1000 in Foot Locker GF's along with some other treats. While the event itself seemed to fly by rather quickly, most of us got to stay afterwards to watch the Raptors beat down on the Jazz. Nice perk for those in attendance, your entry ticket also got you a seat at the game, bonus! I hope we have an KicksTixTO part2 in the works. As for my personal opinionated feedback about the event, refreshments, surprisingly there was none. The security was a tad pushy especially once the winners were announced, it wasn't even end of the show and they were trying to usher & push people out. Not a good look, I understand that the arena needs to be prepped for the game, but there was still time for that. The fact that NO Raptor players made an appearance, kinda disappointed some. Would have been a nice touch for those in attendance to get a picture or autograph from them.
But at the end of the day, I believe KicksTixTO was a success, brought us sneaker enthusiasts together for the same cause, love of the Sole. Please let me also take this short minute to thank everyone for their support, I always appreciate hearing your feedback about my photography, blog write ups and anything related. Keep that C&C coming my way! Shout out to all my Sole heads, y'all know who you are!
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Creator \\ Lucas @eye_projekt