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 (, 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 Complex's official top 10, we're giving each of our trusted panelists the chance to tell you about their personal Top 10 sneakers of the year, starting with Matt Halfhill of's Top Ten Sneakers of 2009...


#10: Nike 1/2 Cent "Royal"
MH SAYS: "Jordan saw some stellar success with the Spiz'ike, but Nike one-upped the Spike Lee mix with the Nike 1/2 Cent. Rather than a slapped together sneaker with parts and pieces of different retros, the 1/2 Cent blended the best of the best together to make a great looking shoe. Who would have thought people would chase after a $190 sneaker in a recession?"


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