Chris Vidal image courtesy of Kevin Clancy
As 2009 comes to a close, Complex will be releasing a series of lists recapping the year's best, from albums to girls. To kick things off, we put together a celebrity panel of sneaker heads to help us determine the best kicks of 2009. We recruited Matt Halfhill (Nicekicks.com), DJ Clark Kent (God's favorite DJ and sneaker connoisseur), Mayor (AF1 king), Wil Whitney (Founder of Nom de Guerre and Nike 21 Mercer Head Coach), and Chris Vidal (ALIFE manager), along with Complex sneaker experts Bradley Carbone and Joe La Puma. Nothing's getting by this team.
Before we drop the panel's official top 10, we're giving each of our trusted contributors the chance to tell you about their personal favorites. Today we're taking a look at Chris Vidal's Top 10 Sneakers of 2009. Chris chose not to rank them, but instead wanted to present it as a straight up package. See his choices below...
NB 1300 x A.R.C.
Chris SAYS: "How the fuck can you not love a made in the U.S.A. New Balance from the realest born in NYC brand? All 3 colors were bangin, not too too loud yet enough to snap and let you know that, care free where ever we may be, we are the famous A.R.C. and we don't give a fuck whomever you may be cause we are the infamous A.R.C.! Here to show you who we are and who we be, The Almighty A.R.C. !"