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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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January 27, 2023

Listen to Episode 152 of ‘The Complex Sneakers Podcast’: The Most Anticipated Sneakers of 2023

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week, the trio look ahead to the biggest and best sneakers of 2023. The year is young but there is already lots to look forward to, like DMP Air Jordan 11s, Jarritos x Nike SB Dunks, Terror Squad x Nike Air Force 1s, and more. They also touch on Fear of God’s upcoming Birkenstocks drop and the highs and lows of the Nike ISPA line.

January 20, 2023

Listen to Episode 151 of ‘The Complex Sneakers Podcast’: Are Sneaker Mystery Boxes a Scam?

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week, the cohosts come back together after their break to catch up on sneaker news like the immediately infamous sneaker mystery boxes sold by Chase Briner at ComplexCon and also the Adidas Yeezy Slide-looking Nike Calm Slide. Also, Joe stands by the “Black Phantom” Travis Scott x Air Jordan 1, Brendan looks forward to the ’86 Air Max 1 retro, and Welty talks about a brewing sneaker battle. Looking for the Complex Sneakers Podcast Dad Hats? Shop on Complex Shop now! https://shop.complex.com/products/the-complex-sneakers-podcast-dad-hat-white https://shop.complex.com/products/the-complex-sneakers-podcast-dad-hat-black  

December 16, 2022

Listen to Episode 150 of ‘The Complex Sneakers Podcast’: Our Favorite 5 Sneakers of the Year

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week, the trio reflects on the year in sneaker releases and runs down their personal favorite sneakers of the year. They also spend some time discussing the consensus sneaker of the year picks from Complex and how that list is determined. From the Stray Rats x New Balance MT580 to Up There’s New Balance projects to the “Lost and Found” Air Jordan 1, these are their choice for best sneakers of the year.

December 9, 2022

Listen to Episode 149 of ‘The Complex Sneakers Podcast’: Unreleased Off-White Nikes, What Were the Best New Balance

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week, the trio talks about the huge set of unreleased Off-White x Nike Air Force 1s on display at the Virgil Abloh Codes show in Miami, including the “Olympic,” Sheed, and Off-White inspired versions. They discuss Nike dropping Kyrie Irving, Kool Kiy’s sneaker lawsuit, and the release of the orange “Lobster” SB Dunks at Concepts. Also, the cohosts give a quick tribute at the end to the many people who make the show possible.

December 2, 2022

Listen to Episode 148 of ‘The Complex Sneakers Podcast’: Moldy Air Jordan 1 ‘Lost & Found’, Fear of God and Adidas

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week, the cohosts catch up after ComplexCon, discussing recent sneaker news like the moldy ‘Lost and Found’ Air Jordan 1s, the apparently shifting nature of Fear of God’s Adidas collaboration, and the Our Force 1 program on Nike’s Dot Swoosh platform. Also, they reflect on the brief sighting of elusive future guest PG Knows and talk about the worst post-Tinker Air Jordans.

November 25, 2022

Listen to Episode 147 of ‘The Complex Sneakers Podcast’: Reebok CEO Todd Krinsky on Jay-Z, 50 Cent, and Shaq

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week they are joined by Reebok CEO Todd Krinsky, who started out in the sneaker brand’s mailroom and worked his way up to the top of the company. Krinsky relives Reebok’s sneaker wars in the ’90s, the mega endorsement deals with Jay-Z and 50 Cent, its bid at signing LeBron James, and more. Also, the cohosts touch on Odell Beckham Jr.’s lawsuit against Nike and their favorite holiday-themed sneakers.

November 18, 2022

Listen to Episode 146 of ‘The Complex Sneakers Podcast’: Stan Smith Relives His Legendary Sneaker Career

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week they are joined by Stan Smith, the legendary tennis player who became an icon in sneakers through his namesake Adidas shoe. Smith talks about signing with the brand, the millions of pairs of Stan Smiths they’ve sold through the decades, and what he thinks of the sneaker market today. Also, the cohosts get ready for ComplexCon and discuss the most fair way to release sneakers—raffle, online, lineup, etc.

November 4, 2022

Listen to Episode 144 of ‘The Complex Sneakers Podcast’: How Eastside Golf Got Jordan and Obama to Believe in Them

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week they’re joined by Olajuwon Ajanaku and Earl Cooper, the founders of Eastside Golf. The duo talk about how they’ve landed multiple successful Air Jordan collaborations, their relationship with Michael Jordan, and the goal of placing Eastside on Barack Obama. Also, the cohosts give an update on the Adidas Yeezy fallout and a tribute to Takeoff.

October 7, 2022

Listen to Episode 141 of ‘The Complex Sneakers Podcast’: Did Nike Copy New Balance? Did StockX Have a Coupon Fail?

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week, they break down the release of the Tom Sachs x Nike GPS at Kohl’s, whether or not the Nike Air Max Bliss looks like a New Balance 992, the closing of NikeLab 21 Mercer, and the StockX coupon code leak that people tried to abuse over the weekend. Also, Joe gets back from his Kith trip, Welty talks about signing with a brand, and Brendan talks about selling ukuleles.

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.

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