Industry Insiders Reveal Their Sneaker of the Year

We talked to people who work in the sneaker industry at ComplexCon and found out which sneaker they thought was the best of the year.

Sneaker of the Year 2017
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Sneaker of the Year 2017

ComplexCon wrapped up this past Sunday, and one of the most heated panels of the even was for the Sneaker of the Year. The Off-White x Air Jordan 1 was consensus choice by the panel hosted by Joe La Puma and featuring Victor Cruz, Wale, Aleali May, DJ Clark Kent, Russ Bengtson, and J Balvin. But we wanted to see what other people who worked in the sneaker world had to say. So we scoured the ComplexCon floor and did some field research (no, I did not have a clipboard) to find out what the people behind your favorite stores, blogs, and Instagram accounts had to say.

Here are their picks for Sneaker of the Year.


Stalley - Rapper

nike off white jordan

Brandon Edler - Content Manager, Finishline

John Elliott NikeLab Vandal Anthracite

Mike Camargo, Sales and Marketing Consultant

Tom Sachs x Nike Mars Yard 2.0

Deon Point - Creative Director, Concepts

Nike Off White Air Presto

Jimmy Gorecki - Marketing, No.One

nike af100 12

Racks - Reseller

nike off white jordan

Ricardo Rodriguez  - Marketing, Jimmy Jazz

Nike Off White Air Presto

Kenny Gonzales- Collector

KAWS x Air Jordan IV

Suraj Kaufman- Owner, Sneaker Room

Nike Air Vapormax OG Sole Collector Release Date Roundup

Jeff Carvalho  - Exec. Editor, High Snobiety

Nike Off White Air Presto

Peter Jansson - Co-owner, Sneakersnstuff

Nike Air Zoom Spiridon "White/Light Midnight"

Pete Gibaldi- Host, The Premium Pete Show

Nike Air VaporMax Oreo 2.0 Women's Release Date Medial 849557 041

Ankur Amin-Chief Officer, Extra Butter/Renarts

Nike Off White Air Presto

Josh Luber - CEO, StockX

Kaws x Air Jordan IV

Anthony Racaniello - Marketing Manager, Laptstone & Hammer

Nike Off White Air Presto