United We Sole \\ TLK \\ 09.15.13

 Toronto Loves Kicks presented another chapter of Toronto's own Sneaker Battle United We Sole on Sunday Sept 15. Bringing back sneaker enthusiasts as well as entertaining new comers. Reuniting in the Great Hall, where the atmosphere was low lit, pumping with DJ Channel 9's hard hitting beats and sneaker lovers in every part of the 30K square foot venue. Throne Barbers were on sight fading & lining up customers, art displays were being shown & raffled, vendors promoting apparel and kids walking around with shoes in their hands looking to sell/trade was in full mass. As for the sneaker battle itself, individuals/crews brought their collections of kix, displayed for all to see & judge. Contestants brought out for show everything from original sneakers from way back in the day, to some of the hottest footwear being released to date. Of course judging a sneaker battle is all in good fun, it's about personal preference and what each individual likes.

Surprisingly also was the good amount of female sneaker enthusiasts on scene, which is great to see, the ladies have a fantastic shoe game, they rocked them on foot and displayed them as well *cough cough (@bevy_bevv

A special presentation from @SelfMadeSince89 to the TLK crew, custom pair of Jordan X's, which were designed with the city of Toronto in mind, city map/architectural structures  and nicknames were hand burned into the leather of the silhouette, salmon colored accents flow through out the shoe.

Bringing the day to a close, some on stage performances were conducted, beat boxing showcase, local artists dropping lyrical madness and of course the announcement of the sneaker battles winner! Which for the second year in a row went to the 'SneakerMisfits !!! Congrats!

#TorontoGotSole & #CanadaGotSole was represented in the best way! This was def not the typical low key event that we have seen in the past.

I was humbly ecstatic to see familiar faces as well as meeting folks that I have talked to via social media but never had the chance to chat face 2 face, of course meeting new people with the same passion was really nice.  

Please click the image below, it will take you to the full gallery, cheers & enjoy some of my captures!


Creator \\ Lucas @eye_projekt

eye trickery \\ app vs CS5

It's probably not only myself that gets fooled with photos these day, seems like more and more people are using their iPhones to adjust/edit images, even when the images are taken straight out of dslr cameras and dropped into your iPhone, a few apps later, your creation is posted on line, shared with the world. My normal routine when it comes to photography is pretty simple like most photogs. All photos taken with my Canon get uploaded to my PC, than my CS5 software takes care of the rest, whether it be small edits or going all out with some crazy work. Seeing it big on my HD screens is something I prefer, never did I think to work on a full sized image via my iPhone and all those wonderful apps that are under our finger tips. Few fellow photogs I know have been doing this steadily for quite some time now, their work turning out beautifully. I decided to grab my amateur skills and try the same thing, taking a image of my Adidas ZX700's with my Canon 7D + Sigma 30mm f1.4 lens, uploading to my iphone5, seeing where this simple crop/color/contrast/sharpen edit takes me. This is what feedback I can provide on the subject. With the amount of photo processing apps that are available for free(or small cost) I have pretty much downloaded majority of them. Each app has something different to offer, but I did realize that most apps offer the same features(crop-color adjust-contrast-sharpening-filters etc...). I found it a tad awkward working on such a small screen (perhaps a ipad could solve that issue) but as for the final outcome, I am quite pleased. I also took the same image and did a very similar edit on my CS5 Adobe via PC. Personally it was still better to work on my PC, being able to see the image in full size even magnified to as much as you need is at most times a must.

However, I can truly say that I can see me doing more out of camera onto iPhone edits in the future. Now you be the judge, which image was done by iPhone & which one was done via CS5 Adobe on PC?

Creator \\ Lucas @eye_projekt 

Adidas ZXZ ADV \\ Black Leather

I've been searching for quite some time now, looking for a classic 3Stripe (adidas) in all black, absolutely all black, top to bottom. & believe me, I've found a few pairs here and there but never in my size. When it comes to the ZX models Adidas releases, majority of them end up going up to size12 or 13. Like with many sneakers, I am always out of luck. Until recently when I finally came across a pair of ZXZ in leather finish. I would have been happy to find a suede pair, or even any other combinations of materials, the all leather silhouette just made me that much more ecstatic.

Creator \\ Lucas @eye_projekt 

Adidas ZXZ ADV Black Leather