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LONG BEACH, CA- ComplexCon was definitely all about the sneakers this year. Although previous years had the same hype for exclusive drops, this year people came prepared to rock their freshest kicks. Therefore, one of the most highly anticipated Complex (Con)versations featured a panel of the sneakerheads from The Game, Allen Iverson, Wale, Lena Waithe, DJ Clark Kent, and more. As they went through this year’s top 10 sneakers, panelists debated on the ranking of these shoes and where they stood. The audience enjoyed hearing their thoughts and interjected when the Yeezy 500’s were ranked nine.

I found myself amazed at the passion of the culture and how dedicated people were when it came to the kicks on their feet. Although I appreciate a good looking shoe, I have never understood the feeling of wanting a pair so bad I would camp for it. I also thought it was interesting that most of the people in the crowd were wearing the same shoes. Whether it was the Air Max Sean Wotherspoon or the Yeezy Wave Runner, I found it both odd and fascinating that there was such a lack of uniqueness or individuality. That or people genuinely like the same shoes, I don’t judge. Some shoes on the list I believe were well deserved, like the Travis Scott x Air Jordan IV, Air Jordan III “Black/Cement” and while not my favorite looking shoe but a great sentiment to powerful women the Serena Williams’ Off-White x Air Max 97s. The conversation grew into a heated debate and became a captivating discussion about design, comfort, and meaning behind each shoe.

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