Waking up early has its perks. shorter lineups, less traffic on the road, and an abundance of parking spots, just to name a few. Additionally, it also means that grand opening events at 7:30 AM aren't too challenging of a trip to make either.
With every $160 (or more specifically, $159.99) purchase, customers would receive a free pair of 574 Lifestyle Sneakers with a customized insole. Limited to the first three hundred valid purchases (150 for women and 150 for men), I had anticipated the worst as I neared Financial District.
With the number of customers greatly outweighing that of the store staff, requesting for shoe sizes and processing checkout orders was quite the lengthy process. Ultimately though, I walked out with a new pair of running shoes (to replace my current pair of disintegrating Nikes) as well as the 574s in a striking shade of royal purple. (Also pictured below is the eccentric grey pair from Square One.)
I recall having to wait approximately five minutes to place an order on my first visit, along with not being able to find the washroom at the back due to its concealed doorway. Taking sloth-like order-processing properties to new heights, this round cost me ten minutes in wait time, as well as another seven minutes for drink preparation.
The Thai Milk Tea and Thai Coffee Milk Tea were equally as tasty as the Misssissauga location, though I can't say I'd visit again due to the high volume of bubble tea-goers in the area. The wait is simply not worth it, especially when the waiting area is a narrow corridor with insane levels of noise pollution (and you have to run to make the westbound train back.)
I suppose my only regret would be failing to capture better shots of the show, despite having secured a fantastic spot and with the correct equipment in tow. The potential of experiencing severe technical difficulties should not be overlooked; I have since learned to be even more careful in the handling of my equipment, noting that majority of things are best done without external interference.