It’s not secret that sneaker culture is a powerful force in Toronto and while the city has played host to sneaker conventions in the past, yesterday marked the first official Sneaker Con to take place north of the border.
Sneakerheads and enthusiasts of all ages made their way to the Enercare Centre where a long line surrounded the building hours before the event’s doors opened. Thousands of attendees piled into the large space – sneakers and boxes in-hand – in hopes of selling or acquiring a new “grail” pair of kicks.
Tables of vendors were selling sneakers of all kinds from vintage 80’s Jordans to the most recent Yeezy release and everything in between. The “Trading Pit” acted as an open space for attendees to barter, negotiate fair trades or just flex the kicks that are usually reserved for a clean spot on their shelf.
Aside from the marketplace, sponsors like Reshoevn8r and Crep Protect hosted demonstrations of their products and sneaker personalities like Qias Omar, SneakerTalk, YeezyBusta and BULL1TRC greeted lines of eager fans. The custom “Yeezy” slippers from New York’s Banned Goods served as a memorable highlight.