The Complex Sneakers Podcast

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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November 26, 2021

Listen to ‘Complex Sneakers Podcast’ Ep. 101: Gentry Humphrey Shares Stories About Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. In this special bonus episode, which was filmed live in front of a studio audience at ComplexCon earlier this month, they are joined by Gentry Humphrey, the legendary Nike and Jordan Brand exec who retired from his role as VP of Jordan footwear in September. Humphrey reflects on his long career, from the first Air Jordan retros, to creating a Nike signature shoe for Allen Iverson, to battling trolls on NikeTalk with the help of Oprah. He also reveals some Michael Jordan gems from his time working with the GOAT. Also, the three co-hosts share their most exciting moments and meals from ComplexCon.

November 5, 2021

Listen to ‘Complex Sneakers Podcast’ Ep. 98: How Premium Pete Got 500 Pairs of Limited Nike SB Dunks

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week, they welcome back friend of the show Premium Pete, a renaissance man who’s gone from sneaker retail, to podcasting, to pasta sauce, to acting, and everywhere in between. Pete joins the crew to share footwear stories—like how he got Air Force 1s while locked up or his stash of 400 pairs of MF Doom x Nike SB Dunk Highs—and reminisce on his journeys. Also, the gang cracks open some Manhattan specials, preps for ComplexCon, and gives some analysis on the latest UFC card.

October 29, 2021

Listen to ‘Complex Sneakers Podcast’ Ep. 97: Salomon and Hoka Sneakers, a Trip to Nike HQ, and More

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week, the trio return from their brief week off to discuss smaller sneaker brands like Hoka and Salomon as well as generally recap the sneaker-related things they’ve been up to. This includes some reminiscing on the golden era of soccer cleats, stories of run-ins with sneaker industry insiders like Steven Smith and Frank Cooke, and a hypothetical around letting Virgil Abloh bless your Off-Whites. Plus, a look ahead to all the fun that will be had at ComplexCon, where the podcast will be recording a live episode.

October 8, 2021

Listen to ‘Complex Sneakers Podcast’ Ep. 95: Bernie Gross Explains What Really Goes Into Running a Sneaker Store

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. In this week’s episode, the trio is joined by Bernie Gross, creative director at New York sneaker boutique Extra Butter. Gross recalls his journey in the footwear industry, from buying SBs at stores like Special Sauce in Long Island to helping longstanding LI sneaker shop Renarts establish itself anew with Extra Butter. He breaks down what running a sneaker store really takes—from handling chaotic releases to managing relationships with brand partners and collaborators. Also, the co-hosts discuss the merits of beat sneakers: When is it time to throw your old shoes out? How much wear is too much wear? Can a pair of Air Force 1s that spent a year in the Armenian mountains go any further?

October 1, 2021

Listen to ‘Complex Sneakers Podcast’ Ep. 94: Super Collector Abdul Says Dirty Air Force 1s Are OK to Wear

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. In this week’s episode, the trio is joined by Abdul, sneaker scene mainstay with powerful friends and a powerful collection. You may not know exactly who Abdul is or what he does, but you’ve definitely seen him in the background or at the front of the line at footwear happenings around the world. In the episode, he talks about his 30 years collecting shoes, dirty white Air Force 1s, whether or not Mids are acceptable, and how he obtained some of his rarest shoes. Also, Joe breaks down Dave Matthews’ out-of-body BBQ experience, Welty relives his out-of-T-shirt weekend, and Brendan returns from vacation.

September 17, 2021

Listen to ‘Complex Sneakers Podcast’ Ep. 92: Debating This Summer’s Biggest Sneaker

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. In this week’s episode, it’s just the three guys debating their pick for the sneaker of the summer for 2021. Dunne makes a case for Nike Dunks, as a whole, being his choice, while Joe brings up why the Travis Scott Jordan 1s were a force to be reckoned with. Welty sides with Dunne, but zooms in on Virgil Abloh’s the 50 project. Joe Freshgood’s New Balances and more are discussed this week, too.

September 10, 2021

Listen to ‘Complex Sneakers Podcast’ Ep. 91: Conceited Tells Hilarious Stories About His Sneaker Addiction

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. In this week’s episode, the hosts are joined by battle rapper Conceited, who is a longtime cast member on MTV’s Wild ’N Out. He goes into his sneaker history, recalling the time he lost a pair of “True Blue” Air Jordan 3s in high school, the fakes he used to spot people in, and how much time and money he’s spent on getting the rare shoes that makeup his collection. ESPO x Nike Air Force 2s? He remembers them from high school. Entourage x Nike Air Force 1s? It took Conceited years to track them down. Also in this episode, the co-hosts discuss Salehe Bembury’s new New Balance collaboration and look forward to what else is releasing in 2021.

September 3, 2021

Listen to the Complex Sneakers Podcast Ep. 90: Dennis Todisco

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. In this week’s episode, the hosts are joined by Dennis Todisco, the lead of streetwear and sneaker partnerships at Instagram. Todisco brings with him stories from his long time in the industry that stretch from the era of selling Dead Serious hoodies at Karmaloop to the dawn of the Nike SNKRs app to his founding of Outfitgrid. He gives rare behind-the-scenes insight into life at Nike, discussing the moment when the Air Yeezy 2 “Red October” dropped and some secret sneakers that he’s not allowed to show to the public. Also, the co-hosts gear up for a weekend of ice cream in Williamsburg—make sure to show up on Saturday if you’re around.

August 27, 2021

Listen to ‘The Complex Sneakers Podcast’ Ep. 89: Debating Travis Scott’s Best and Worst Nike and Jordan Sneakers

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. In this week’s episode, the hosts discuss the history of Travis Scott’s sneaker collaborations, from his Air Force 1s to his Air Jordan 4s all the way up to his most recent projects, his duo of Jordan 1s made with Fragment Design. The hosts discuss their favorite sneakers that Travis has released and which ones they think made the most impact. Also, they tackle the question of Travis vs. Kanye West in the sneaker game. Aside from the Travis talk, the three relive Welty’s wild weekend, Brendan’s Action Bronson experience, and Joe’s most recent sneaker pickup.

July 30, 2021

Listen to ‘Complex Sneakers Podcast’ Ep. 87: Why Is Nike Suing Sneaker Customizers? Mache Responds

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week, the three co-hosts sit down with Mache, a sneaker customizer who has done work for rappers like Wale, NFL stars like Stefon Diggs, and wrestlers like Kofi Kingston. Mache reacts to Nike’s recent lawsuits against custom sneaker designers, explaining how he thinks those entities could move differently in order to avoid legal action. He also breaks down a new footwear business he’s entered—making his own silhouette in the Mache Runner. Mache details how he gets those shoes made and how well they’ve been selling so far. Also, Brendan and Welty give a recap of last week’s special kebab dinner and Joe gives some behind-the-scenes on the Soulja Boy episode of “Sneaker Shopping.”

July 23, 2021

Listen to ‘Complex Sneakers Podcast’ Ep. 86: Flight Club’s Most Notorious Employee Reacts to Modern Day Resellers

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week, the three co-hosts sit down with Chris Vidal, one of the original employees at Flight Club and an outspoken figure in the New York City sneaker scene, to trade stories past and present. Vidal contrasts the sneaker resell world of then vs. now, remembers selling the “Justin Bieber” sneakers at Supra, relives pulling out a fake gun during his tenure at Alife, and talks about helping out David Beckham at the same store. A longtime collector, Vidal also breaks down his history with rare shoes like the Undefeated x Air Jordan 4 and the PlayStation x Nike Air Force 1, and even shows off his SNKRS purchase history. Meanwhile, Welty takes it back to show and tell, Brendan reveals his skincare mistakes, and Joe gets the details on Space Jam 2.

July 16, 2021

Listen to Episode 85 of ‘The Complex Sneakers Podcast’: DJ Clark Kent Reacts to His Sneakers Selling for $121,000

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week, the three co-hosts sit down with DJ Clark Kent for his second appearance on the show to discuss the recent Sotheby’s auction sale of the Scarr’s x Nike Air Force 1 for $121,000. Clark, who designed the shoe with Nike, talks about his feelings about the price, the upcoming Louis Vuitton x Nike Air Force 1s, why he’ll never wear mids, and more. The conversation with Clark comes via the new studio, which means a new look for the show. Also, Joe relives his career in concessions sales with the New York Mets, Welty relives his career in concessions sales at the local waterpark, and Brendan explains his college girlfriend’s disdain for the “Copper” Nike Air Foamposite One.

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