Thanks to technical innovation, new silhouettes, and high fashion collaborations, 2018 was a huge year for sneakers. Breaking down the year's releases with a slew of panelists like DJ Clark Kent, Trinidad James, Allen Iverson, host Joe La Puma moderated ComplexCon's 2018 Sneaker of the Year panel.
Taking this year's offerings and compiling a list of the top 10 drops was no easy task, and ranking those sneakers was even harder—especially live, in front of an opinionated crowd. Featuring popular releases like the Comme des Garçons x Nike Air Max 180, Air Jordan collabs, and the Yeezy 500, each panelist had plenty to say about the sneakers and where they landed on their personal top 10 lists.
Discussing cultural relevance, historical significance, and trying to separate the art from the artist—when it comes to Kanye West's sneakers—the panelists bounced around from full agreement to healthy debate. Check out the video above to hear the full conversation and to find out how this year's best releases ranked. Click here for a chance to win each of the 10 sneakers, courtesy of Stadium Goods.