To say 2019-2020 has been a breakout campaign for the Raptors' guard Fred VanVleet would be an understatement. The fourth-year player is destroying all of his career averages on the scoresheet and has arguably become one of the team's most valuable assets. Now, a Fred VanVleet meet-and-greet is taking place in downtown Toronto on Sunday, February 9. And not only will you get to meet the NBA champ, but you'll also be able to get your hands on a pair of his new sneakers, too.
Fred will be at the Foot Locker at 247 Yonge St. from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. this Sunday, February 9.
He will be there celebrating the release of his latest And1 kicks, the Attack 2.0.
The Foot Locker Canada website states that if you are "one of the first" to buy a pair of the Attacks, you'll get front-of-line access.
The shoe itself actually drops two days earlier, on Friday, February 7. It's worth noting that while some media advertising VanVleet's appearance carries that date, the meet-and-greet is happening two days later, on Sunday.
Narcity called Foot Locker on Wednesday and confirmed the kicks will retail for $130 per pair.
The terms and conditions stipulate that you must have bought a pair between 10 a.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. on Sunday.
So you need to have bought a pair in advance and you must bring proof of purchase to the store on Sunday to have a chance to meet the Raptor.
And, according to an Instagram post shared by VanVleet, if you purchase a pair of the new sneakers, you won't just get to meet him in person.
You'll also get your hands on a signed FVV poster, custom Fred shoelaces, and an Attack-brand T-shirt.
After starting his career wearing Nikes and moving onto an endorsement deal with Adidas, VanVleet became a "sneaker free agent" after the Raptors' 2019 NBA Championship run.
Seen wearing And1s during the first few months of this season, the Rockford, Illinois native signed an endorsement deal with the company back in November 2019.
The photos of the new Attacks show the shoes in black with splashes of gold and grey trim, along with gold treads. VanVleet's nickname "Steady Freddy" is displayed on the back.
This isn't VanVleet's first foray into the world of signature products. Back in September, the popular Raptor teamed up with Roots Canada to add his personal style to their classic TUFF lace-up boots line.
It's this kind of giving back that's essentially made him an adopted Canadian in many fans' eyes.
Given his nothing-held-back approach on the court, while many people throughout Toronto may be rocking these shoes soon, VanVleet may well wear them out the quickest.