2016 may be, to some people, the worst year in collective memory, but when it comes to sneakers, the past 12 months were pretty solid. The year started off slow, and many grew bored with brands milking a multitude of colorways out of the same shoes, but it turned out to be a time in which everyone was able to get what they wanted. Kanye West's Adidas Yeezys became available to more people, Nike brought back the Air Force 1 in a meaningful way, Pharrell Williams had an amazing and original Adidas sneaker, and Jordan Brand brought back the retros that everyone wanted, the way they wanted them. Nike also finally released the Mag the way Marty McFly had them in Back to the Future Part II.
With all of this happening in 2016, it wasn't easy to pick our favorite sneakers. If you were in Long Beach, California, for ComplexCon, you saw how heated our Complex Conversations panel with Clark Kent, Wale and other renowned connoisseurs about the Sneaker of the Year was. We sat down, talked, argued, and argued some more until we came to a final decision. See how the debate panned out in the clip below, and then check out our picks for the 15 best sneakers of 2016.