Dallas says: "What's good, internets? If you fux with the inter-connected networks also known as the internets you might have already peeped my steez. But if you haven't ever heard of me allow me to reintroduce, myself my name is hoooo — nah, it's Dallas Penn. I blog and vlog and cop kicks and hella Polo RL gear and I also have an action figure or two. Basically, I live the Complex lifestyle.

I'm honored to be able to place a list on the Complex website talking about my 25 all-time favorite kicks. I'm religious about the items I collect. I don't deadstock all my kicks, but I definitely double up on my favorite joints when possible. Just so I can get flamboyant with the perfect 'fit on a late summer afternoon. This is my favorite time of year too, since I'm a tennis shoe head at heart and the US Open is on and poppin'. September is simply the best month to swag out in NYC, except for that one day 10 years ago, but normally, Indian summer is for winning. Except for the Indians, but now I'm digressing...

My 25 greatest kicks are a mix of the nostalgia I have for growing up in New York City as a teenager in the 1980s when crack was king and NYC was the distressed kingdom. Kicks were always a statement in my aspirations to be something bigger or better than I was at the time. That's why my all-time diamond grail shoe is the Bally Competition. The Bally Comp is an official tennis shoe with a sueded toebox and a D-ring lacing system. The Bally Competition was worn by the original 50 Cent and an assortment of Guess-jeans-suit-clad Brooklyn thugs. I can still see them catching wreck in the Union Square nightclub. I had to have a pair of these shoes and I copped them at the former Albee Square Mall. Bally Competition for life. [Dallas had them at the top of the list, but photos of these do not exist. Prove us wrong. —Ed.]

Here are the 25 kicks that I consider jewels in my cup called the holy grail...

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