What are the best sneakers of 2009? To answer this question, we assembled a panel of sneaker experts, including Matt Halfhill (founder of NiceKicks.com), DJ Clark Kent (God's favorite DJ), Mayor (AF1 King), Chris Vidal (ALIFE Manager), and Wil Whitney (head coach of 21 Mercer and founder of Nom de Guerre). Last week, each expert shared their personal Top 10, and now everyone is coming together to determine the official Top 10 Sneakers of 2009. We even caught the whole debate on video.

After a lot of back-and-forth, and narrowing down of the list, the Lebron VII was the #1 pick out of this year's best sneakers. The seventh signature shoe King James was blessed with, was a special one for a few reasons. The Flywire upper and the Max Air airbag unit was near-revolutionary when it came to comfort in a basketball shoe, and from an aesthetic standpoint, the sneaker didn't disappoint either. Nike dropped sick colorways from the jump, and as you'll see in the video our panel felt strongly that this was one of the rare basketball sneakers that looked as good off the court, as it did on-court. Check the video below to see exactly why it landed at #1, and we'll see you back here next year at this time when it's time to discuss the best of 2010...

PREVIOUSLY: Watch the video for the #2 sneaker, the Air Max 1 Patta

PREVIOUSLY: Watch the video for the #3 sneaker, the Air Jordan XI "Space Jam"

PREVIOUSLY: Watch the video for the #4 sneaker, the Air Jordan III "True Blue".

PREVIOUSLY: Watch the video for the #5 sneaker, the Reebok 20th Anniversary Pump "Bring Back.

PREVIOUSLY: Watch the video for the #6 sneaker: The Nike Foamposite Eggplant

PREVIOUSLY: Watch the video for the #9 sneaker: The Nike SB Bruin