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The Complex Sneakers Podcast

The hosts of the Internet’s biggest sneaker shows, Sneaker Shopping and Full Size Run, come together in The Complex Sneakers Podcast. Joe La Puma, Matt Welty, and Brendan Dunne discuss the most important sneaker news and topics every week, and give their expert opinions that can only be told authentically from Complex.

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September 9, 2022

Listen to Episode 137 of ‘The Complex Sneakers Podcast’: Kanye West’s Fight With Adidas Over Yeezy

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week, they talk about Kanye West’s Adidas deal, his very public battle with the brand over the past week, and what it means for the future of Yeezy sneakers. The cohosts debate whether West truly wants to leave Adidas and discuss what that might look like. Also, Welty breaks out a bunch of shoes for Labor Day, Brendan returns from Atlanta, and Joe goes toy shopping back in Bay Shore.

September 2, 2022

Listen to Episode 136 of ‘The Complex Sneakers Podcast’: The Best Back to School Sneakers, Then and Now

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week, they talk about back to school sneakers, reminisce on the shoes that were popular when they were in high school, and break down how bad RTV requests are when you work in footwear retail. They also leak some exciting Nike shoes that aren’t releasing until 2023. Elsewhere, Joe hits some serious buckets at Got Sole, Welty hits a personal best in the gym, and Brendan reflects on his Hood to Coast run.

August 5, 2022

Listen to Episode 133 of ‘The Complex Sneakers Podcast’: Should Kanye Be Mad at Adidas?

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week, the co-hosts discuss the fallout around Yeezy Day, which Ye challenged Adidas over and claimed happened without his approval. They also talk about how to figure out your appropriate sneaker size and make a shocking discovery about one of the cohosts’ footwear. Elsewhere, the trio reacts to the latest in the Zadeh Kicks sneaker reselling saga. Also, Welty influences Rihanna’s sneakers, Joe has some more dyed pairs coming up, and Brendan goes golfing.

July 29, 2022

Listen to Episode 132 of ‘The Complex Sneakers Podcast’: How Good Are Travis’ ‘Mocha’ Jordan 1s?

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week, the trio discuss Travis Scott’s latest Cactus Jack sneaker, the Air Jordan 1 Low, and where it ranks in his work. They also break down the hate around the “Panda” Nike Dunk Low and discuss whether it’s really justified. Later, Welty questions Donald Glover’s New Balance campaign and also the newfound interest in suede Adidas models. Also, Brendan gives up on the Louis Vuitton x Nike Air Force 1 and Joe La Puma relives an episode of “borrowing” from his parents to get Air Jordan 17s.

July 22, 2022

Listen to ‘Complex Sneakers Podcast’ Ep. 131: Arthur Kar

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week, the cohosts are joined by Arthur Kar, the man behind the auto brand L’Art de L’automobile. In addition to supplying rare cars to artists and entertainers, Kar has collaborated with sneaker brands like Vans and Salomon via his streetwear brand. A super connected individual, Kar talks about his time with Virgil Abloh, projects like the “Bred” Off-White x Air Jordan 4 and Louis Vuitton x Nike Air Force 1, buying loads of Mars Yards, shooting a video with Pop Smoke and Quavo in Paris, and more. Also, Joe gives Welty a very special gift and Brendan talks about badminton.

July 15, 2022

Listen to ‘Complex Sneakers Podcast’ Ep. 130: James Whitner

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week they’re joined by James Whitner of the Whitaker Group, the company behind sneaker stores A Ma Maniere and Social Status. Whitner brings along a never-before-seen Air Jordan 12 collaboration and talks about his stores’ rise, the realities of fighting bots, and how backdooring happens in the sneaker industry. Also, Joe and Welty practice yoga while Brendan recovers from a go-karting session.

July 8, 2022

Listen to ‘Complex Sneakers Podcast’ Ep. 129: The Best Sneakers of 2022 So Far

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week, they discuss the best sneakers of 2022 so far, breaking down the Complex staff’s picks for the biggest pairs that have released in the first half of the year. The cohosts debate the merits of shoes like Travis Scott’s Air Max 1s, Drake’s Hot Step, and Virgil Abloh’s Louis Vuitton x Nike Air Force 1. Also, Joe gives a glizzy update, Welty reminisces on his history in fireworks, and Brendan relives recent travels to London and Mexico.

June 24, 2022

Listen to ‘Complex Sneakers Podcast’ Ep. 128: Alex Dymond

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week, the cohosts are joined by Alex Dymond, a behind-the-scenes designer who’s worked on sneakers with the likes of Quartersnacks, Alltimers, and his wife, Olivia Kim. Dymond discusses the early days of sneaker and streetwear culture in New York City, touching on his time at legendary stores like Nort and Supreme. Also, Welty talks about his workout playlist, Joe extolls the values of scuff remover, and Brendan heads to Mexico.

June 17, 2022

Listen to ‘Complex Sneakers Podcast’ Ep. 127: Ibn Jasper

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week they’re joined by Ibn Jasper, a Chicagoan who got his start cutting hair for artists like Kanye West and Don C. Ibn gives an inside look into the creation of Kanye’s unreleased Reebok shoe, the Nike Air Yeezy line, and his short-lived Louis Vuitton sneaker collection. He also talks about his own journey in footwear, from skating in Air Jordans to releasing multiple collections with converse. Elsewhere, the cohosts discuss West slamming Adidas for ripping off the Yeezy slides, Welty liquidating some sneakers, and recent travel.

June 10, 2022

Listen to ‘Complex Sneakers Podcast’ Ep. 126: The Most Regrettable Air Jordan Retros

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week, they talk about the ups and downs of Air Jordan retros over the past three decades, from good pairs like the “Grape” Air Jordan 5s to forgettable pairs like the “Crimson” Air Jordan 3s. Also, Wetly relives some sneaker backdoor sagas from his Foot Locker days, Joe breaks down the SWAT tactic, and the group celebrates over a platter of glizzies.

June 3, 2022

Listen to ‘Complex Sneakers Podcast’ Ep. 125: The Zadeh Kicks Resell Saga & Why New Balance Is So Expensive

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week, the three unpack the saga of Zadeh Kicks, the Oregon-based sneaker reseller who’s been accused of scamming customers out of millions after shutting his business down. They also discuss the upcoming Tom Sachs x NikeCraft General Purpose Shoe, the Louis Vuitton x Nike Air Force 1 collection, and a long-awaited dinner that finally came to fruition.

May 20, 2022

Listen to ‘Complex Sneakers Podcast’ Ep. 123: Salehe Bembury

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week they are joined by Salehe Bembury, a sneaker designer who’s worked with Versace, Yeezy, Payless, New Balance, Crocs, Anta, and more. Bembury talks about his approach to design, how his sneakers are doing on the resale market, and teaching Andre 3000 how to make sneakers. Also, the cohosts reminisce on the simpler days of pep rallies and five-disc changers.

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