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.
Brendan Dunne,Matt Welty, Joe La Puma
Listen to Episode 165 of ‘The Complex Sneakers Podcast’: Anders Holm
Anders Holm liked every sneaker you like now 20 years ago. The Workaholics co-creator talks here about his long footwear history—from getting an early pair of Air Jordan 6s as a kid to watching the Three Stripes Posse in high school to getting free Reeboks during his time in college. Holm waxes poetic on sneaker trends that have come and gone, and how he was there for it all. Sambas, Salomons, New Balances, Holm had them all. He even met Virgil Abloh in college, between getting caught up in an NCAA sneaker scandal. Elsewhere in the episode, the cohosts react to the Tom Sachs x Nike Mars Yard 3.0 rumor and the Nike SB Instagram account taking a shot at Private Selection.
Listen to Episode 164 of ‘The Complex Sneakers Podcast’: Ken Goldin
What’s the most valuable sneaker in the world? Ken Goldin might have the answer. The auctioneer brought some of the most coveted sneakers he has access to—all the shoes worn by the 1992 Olympic Dream Team and Michael Jordan’s original ‘Flu Game’ Air Jordan 12s, for example—for the latest episode of the Complex Sneakers Podcast. Goldin talks about how to identify game-worn sneakers, how to identify when sneakers aren’t actually game-worn, and the best sneaker collection he’s ever come across. Also, the cohosts discuss which sneakers they’d wear for the rest of their lives and leak some upcoming Nike releases.
Listen to Episode 163 of ‘The Complex Sneakers Podcast’: The Air Jordan 1 ‘Lost and Found’ Restock Fail on SNKRS
Last week’s restock of the ‘Lost and Found’ Air Jordan 1 in the Chicago colorway on the Nike SNKRS app was a bit of a disaster. Co-hosts Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty talk about what went wrong during the drop and how frustrating it can be to try and buy a pair of shoes from Nike. They also break down Jerry Lorenzo’s first-ever Fear of God show, which featured the debut of his upcoming Adidas collaboration. Elsewhere, the cohosts make predictions for the Nigo x Nike collaboration and look forward to the return of the “Galaxy” Nike Air Foamposite One and the “Olive” Air Jordan 5.
Listen to Episode 162 of ‘The Complex Sneakers Podcast’: Elissa Steamer
The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week they are joined by skateboarding legend Elissa Steamer, who broke onto the scene with her part in Toy Machine’s Welcome to Hell video in 1996. Steamer talks about her career in footwear, from her signature shoe at Etnies to her Gnarhunters collabs with Nike SB, and how skateboarders helped inform the SB x Air Jordan 4. She breaks down her different sneaker deals over the years and also the lucrative agreement that led to her appearance in the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater video game series. Elsewhere, the hosts discuss Joe’s rare white footwear, the Air movie, and John Cena’s custom Air Force 1s.
Listen to Episode 161 of ‘The Complex Sneakers Podcast’: Betsy Parker
The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week they are joined by Betsy Parker, a Nike veteran who spent 35 years at the brand. At Nike, she worked on trend research out of the brand’s New York office and helped recruit design talent. Parker talks about her visits to footwear factories, interactions with legends like Rob Strasser and Tinker Hatfield, and what Nike recruiters are looking for when hiring. Also, the hosts talk about the CRTZ x Nike Air Max 95 launch, Zelensky’s hyped sneakers, and Jerry Lorenzo’s Fear of God x Adidas line.
Listen to Episode 160 of ‘The Complex Sneakers Podcast’: StockX Sold Someone 38 Pairs of Fake Sneakers
The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week, the trio catches up on sneaker news around the Nike SB x Air Jordan 4 release, Tom Sachs’ trouble and how it relates to Nike, and the latest on a batch of fake shoes from Nike’s lawsuit against StockX. Also, the cohosts anticipate the upcoming Supreme x Rammellzee Dunks, reflect on Nike’s release policies, and get into some glizzy talk.
Listen to Episode 159 of ‘The Complex Sneakers Podcast’: Did Nike Screw Up the Air Jordan 3 ‘Reimagined’?
The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week, the three examine a pair of the new white/cement Air Jordan 3 “Reimagined” and discuss the complaints over quality control issues on the elephant print. They also debate how the Tiffany x Nike Air Force 1 will rank once the year-end sneaker lists arrive and give a quick update on Adidas’ massive Yeezy stock problem. Also, Brendan shares some vintage sneakers, Joe remembers his lacrosse days, and Welty breaks down Mario’s big Red (Wing) boots.
Listen to Episode 157 of ‘The Complex Sneakers Podcast’: New Nike Release Policy, Adidas Yeezy Rumors
The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week, they discuss Nike’s new release policy and how it will affect drop days. The co-hosts then talk about the consistent rumors of Kanye West and Adidas working together again and what Adidas may do with their leftover Yeezy inventory. Finally the guys touch on the Supreme Nike Air Bakin’ collab and Welty and Joe trade more sneaker retail stories.
Listen to Episode 154 of ‘The Complex Sneakers Podcast’: Matt Tomamichel from Corporate
The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week, they are joined by Matt Tomamichel, who owns the Ohio-based sneaker boutique Corporate. Tomamichel discusses the realities of the sneaker business—from convincing a brand to let you sell their shoes to being put on credit hold by Nike to why backdooring happens. Also Tomamichel talks about how to make sneaker releases fair and hints at an upcoming Corporate sneaker collab.
Listen to Episode 153 of ‘The Complex Sneakers Podcast’: Ex-Adidas Exec Eric Liedtke
The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week, they are joined by Eric Liedtke, Adidas’ former brand president who’s since moved on to found Unless Collective, a plant-based streetwear brand. Liedtke relives his decades with Adidas, from the 1990s all the way up to the brand’s dominant period in the 2010s. He discusses Yeezy, Adidas’ attempt to sign Drake, the NMD mania, and even that infamous meeting with Ye in 2022. Also, the cohosts break down Nike suing Bape and the Tiffany Air Force 1.
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.
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