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), Chris Vidal (ALIFE manager), and Wil Whitney (Founder of Nom de Guerre and Nike 21 Mercer Head Coach), 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 asked each of our trusted contributors to tell you about their personal favorites. Today we're taking a look at 21 Mercer Head Coach Wil Whitney's Top 10 Sneakers of 2009...


#10: Nike Air Force 1 "Jones Beach"
WIL SAYS: "LONG ISLAND STAND UP!!!! How 'bout that map on the bottom son!!! I can see my crib!!!"


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