Late 80's / 90's was when my sneaker addiction really took off! but even though my brain & heart always led me to Nike/Jordan brand, I have pretty much owned every brand of shoes out there. When I got the heads up about doing a Travel Fox Tribute event, you know I jumped on the chance. TF has been around for decades, fine leathers/suede materials in a casual lifestyle design shoe were always a hit in the growing urban scenes of Toronto. Just thinking about the name 'travel fox takes me back to high school days, owning some all black suede joints to match with the dress code of a uniformed school but that's a story for another time haha.
My good folks at Toronto Loves Kicks along with Viss International decided that we should make some #NewMemories while holding down this event at the Bata Shoe Museum. Graciously ICEBerg Vodka jumped on board as the main sponsor, some ridiculously delicious chicken & waffle was on site courtesy of J&S, mini cupcakes were provided by Don't Call Me Cupcake and we had Michie Mee hanging with us all night, chatting about our earlier days many years ago haha! all while having our ear drums dancing, DJTABS made it nice with the beats. Shout out to Travel Fox for still being around after all these years. To my folks that came and supported this nice night, I thank you! If you'd like to view some images I put together for the event as well as of the evening, check the links below, Cheers!
Creator \\ Lucas @eye_projekt
Direct links to Travel Fox Gallery 1 \\ Travel Fox Gallery 2
& I thank you for your continued support and always appreciate your feedback!
Salute with a rare selfie haha!
When you think of your cities museum, it's a place that's normally library quiet, filled with boring on lookers, school field trips, senior citizens and tourists. You never see it as night life, drinks, food, party type atmosphere, well that's not the case with the Royal Ontario Museum (rom) in downtown Toronto. For eight weeks every Friday night starting Oct 18th-Dec 6th the ROM transforms it's inner shell, becoming Friday night live at the ROM aka FNLROM. It's like walking into a time warp of some sort, that's if you can even get in with the line up outside wrapping around the entire building, I'd hate to wonder how many people actually do not even make it inside. By ROM's count, 3000 people venture out Friday night to get their drink/eat/ groove on. Witnessing the night myself, I don't doubt that number at all, it's absolutely packed inside. Toronto Loves Kicks put on another installment of the Sneaker Design Project that evening and celebrating their 3rd year anniversary could not have been in a better venue. With special Beat Boxing presentation by Chris Fernandez & Killa Beatz, Beat Box Canada, threw down some mouth rhythms. Unity BreakDance crew violated the stage with their performance getting the crowd all hyped up. While this was going on, next to the main stage the sneaker design project artists were set up to create. With a blank pair of Converse in hand along side a bag full of freshly opened Sharpies the visionary skills was just waiting to be unleashed on a shoe canvas. Our artists had roughly 20-30mins to create something on the spot, pressure you may think? Not so, the talent were prepped & ready! When it came time to draw, they were in the zone, surrounded by on lookers, flashes from cameras going off every few seconds. I asked myself 'how these guys could manage to work under pressure in low lit, mad traffic situations like these. No matter how, they pulled it off and their work spoke for itself. There was no winner chosen for this competition but their artistry and abilities were recognized. I'm sure the crowd had their favorite pair out of the 4 created. Ig/twitter could attest to that. The sneaker design was held to expose Torontonians to the arts, sneaker culture/lifestyle etc... This was really a special evening for TLK. Being part of an event to this scale was something to remember. Now that the artists creations have been delivered to me, I can proudly share them with everyone. Shout out to the entire TorontoLovesKicks family, all who supported this incredible evening & celebrated with us! Below you can enlarge the images of the creative creations from the Sneaker Design Project 3
Creator \\ Lucas @eye_projekt
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!
Please click on the image below, which will take you to the full gallery from KicksTixTO
Creator \\ Lucas @eye_projekt
Whether you're a new sneaker groupie or a veteran sole body, you should come and check out ShoeTopia at the Air Canada Center on Nov 9th 2013. Tables to display your collection are available, buy/sell/trade your grails, with the purchase of entry ticket, you can stay for the Raptors game vs Utah following the event. Player exclusive shoes will be available to purchase, signed by players, new & game worn. Lots of prizes courtesy of FootLocker. Something for the city of Toronto on a whole new level. Raptor players in attendance, most likely. They do like their sneakers.
Follow @ShoeTopiaTO on IG for full info, if your're looking for a table and are down with @TDoTLovesKicks, get at them for discounted prices on tables.
Creator \\ Lucas @eye_projekt
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!
North Americas first sneaker exhibit opened its doors on April 25th 2013 at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto Canada. Just when it seemed like you've seen it all when it comes to sneakers, perhaps you think you know all in the sneaker culture, well that may not be the case. Step your sole inside the Out of the Box Sneaker exhibit to find out otherwise. Years & history of the sole, going back to the early 1900's, that's right, the first soles ever. Many people with the same passion for sneakers had their hand in this project and to make it a reality. But as you enter the exhibit that's when you realize how much love exactly went in to this beautiful display. Detailed & Informative, even non sneaker lovers can appreciate and understand how deep this culture is. You can look at it as A-Z when it comes to coverage of most of the iconic, trend breaking shoe designs, releases. The event and opening night itself was a huge success, full house at the BSM. Folks lined up way prior to the 9pm opening. All night h'orderves/drinks flowed, DJ 'Tabs spun one incredible set, had many groovin at all parts of the BSM. It's always a pleasure getting together with familiar faces (yall know who you are!) ...Guest of honor DJ/entrepreneur, sneaker connoisseur Bobbito Garcia was at the launch signing autographs and being camera friendly. A great atmosphere as always put on by my people Toronto Loves Kicks. I stay humbled/privileged to been able to see & photograph the exhibit before the crowds got in. I thank you. Please enjoy my gallery from the Out of the box, the rise of sneaker culture exhibit. Which runs until March of 2014, so if you're in the area be sure to check it out.
Creator \\ Lucas @Eye_ProjekT
Sneaker Design Project 2
March 16th 2013 brought us another event put on by Toronto Loves Kicks, Sneaker Design Project part 2 at the Bata Shoe Museum. Night time atmosphere with Channel 9 dropping the beats, crowd of locals that came to support their friends and family. Thanks also to Sharpie Canada and Luigi Sardo / Converse for providing the ink and canvas for the contestants to create their magic on. Artists had 25 minutes to create/design, lay down a sharpie theme that would be judged by the attendees. Coloring and designing a all white sneaker isn't easy by any means. Especially in a 25min span, crowds hovered around you, taking pictures/video etc...With time ticking down, pressure on, these players created some amazing concepts. With that said, here are a few images that I captured that evening. Thanks to the #SneakerMisfits who showed up in full force! See you at the next event.....
Creator \\ Lucas @Eye_ProjekT
It was quite a nice site to see the crowd gather and cheer on, enjoy as the artists were doing their thang. Honestly, I wasn't expecting the capacity to reach the number it did. Salute.
& of course a few sneaker shots, cause you know there had to have been at least a few in the crowd.