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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April 30, 2021

Listen to Episode 75 of ‘The Complex Sneakers Podcast’: Hikmet Sugoer Talks Eating Ice Cream Out of Chunky Dunkys

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week, the three co-hosts talk to Solebox founder Hikmet Sugoer about his decades in the German sneaker scene, from sourcing sneakers through American military bases to helping bring new energy to brands like New Balance and Asics. Sugoer breaks down his Nike beef, his exit from Solebox, and that time Pharrell didn’t recognize his own Dunks. Of course, he also addressed the viral video from last year of him eating ice cream out of the Ben & Jerry’s Nike SB Chunky Dunky.

April 23, 2021

The Stories Behind Our Biggest Interviews With Kanye, Nigo, and More

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week, the three co-hosts talk about the most memorable interviews from their shared decades of experience in sneaker media. Joe recalls linking up with Kanye West for an early Complex feature on Kid Cudi, Matt relives meeting Nigo, and Brendan remembers his conversations with industry insiders. Also, the co-hosts discuss sneaker deliveries, workout routines, and a garbage bag full of Mars Yards.

April 9, 2021

How the Shoe Surgeon Became the Go-To Customizer for Drake, Justin Bieber, and Nelly

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne and Matt Welty. This week the guys speak to Dominic Ciambrone, also known as, the Shoe Surgeon. Dominic shares how he became inspired to create custom designed sneakers with a surprise story that includes Pharrell Williams. He goes on to tell some stories behind some of his custom designs for celebrity clients, what’s coming down the pipeline in the future and more.

April 2, 2021

Listen to Episode 71 of ‘The Complex Sneakers Podcast’: Aleali May Talks Her Air Jordan Journey

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne and Matt Welty. This week the guys speak to Aleali May, the second woman to design an Air Jordan and the first woman to ever design a Jordan 1. Aleali takes us back to the beginning of her career, shares the moment she met Michael Jordan, gives an early sneak peek of her upcoming Air Jordan sneaker release, and so much more.

March 26, 2021

Listen to Episode 70 of ‘The Complex Sneakers Podcast’: Paul Mittleman on Making History With Stussy and Adidas

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne and Matt Welty. This week the guys speak to Paul Mittleman to discuss his work at brands like Stussy, Adidas, and Converse. Paul discusses what it was like being the Creative Director of Stussy in their early stages as well as what it was like working with Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, Nigo, and Tyler, The Creator.

March 19, 2021

Listen to Episode 69 of ‘The Complex Sneakers Podcast’: Jerry Lorenzo and Jason Mayden on Building Adidas’ Future

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week the guys speak to Jason Mayden and Jerry Lorenzo on what their future at Adidas will look like. The guys discuss how their partnership came to be, the importance of not trying to be in competition with Nike, and the impact they believe they will be able to bring to Adidas. Jerry Lorenzo also shares the story behind his 3 stripe tattoo as well as the conversations he’s had with Kanye leading up to and after the deal was signed with Adidas. 

March 12, 2021

Listen to Episode 68 of ‘The Complex Sneakers Podcast’: How Dave Ortiz Cooked Up the ‘Bacon’ Nike Air Max 90

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne and Matt Welty. This week the guys speak to Dave Ortiz, a true New York legend and co-founder of the sneaker boutique, Dave’s Quality Meats. Dave deep dives into his process as an artist and the many collabs he has been apart of over the years. He tells the story of how he came up with one sneaker in particular: the Nike Air Max 90 “Bacon.” Dave also talks about what lead him to move away from sneakers and what he hopes comes from the rerelease of the Nike Air Max 90 “Bacon.” 

March 5, 2021

Listen to Episode 67 of ‘The Complex Sneakers Podcast’: Nike’s Scandal and the World of Sneaker Reselling

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne and Matt Welty. This week the guys discuss sneaker reselling and its recent crossover moment with the resignation of Nike VP Ann Hebert after news broke about her son’s reselling business. The guys deep dive into their own personal stories with reselling and when they saw the beginning stages of what now has become its own industry.

February 26, 2021

Listen to Episode 66 of ‘The Complex Sneakers Podcast’: Edison Chen on CLOT’s Collabs Connecting the East and West

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week the guys talk to cultural icon, actor, musician, and designer, Edison Chen, the founder of CLOT and designer of the Clot x Nike Air Max 1 “Kiss of Death.” In this episode the guys talk about a number of sneakers Edison was able to create with Nike over the years as well as what he has coming out this year.

February 19, 2021

Listen to Episode 65 of ‘The Complex Sneakers Podcast’: Paul ‘P-Rod’ Rodriguez Talks Landing His Dream Nike Deal

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week the guys talk to Paul Rodriguez, the first skater to receive a Nike signature sneaker. Paul talks about what it was like becoming part of the brand, knowing Kobe Bryant, his sneaker releases to come and his most recent sneaker additions.

February 12, 2021

Listen to Episode 64 of ‘The Complex Sneakers Podcast’: How Bun B Became One of Rap’s Most Connected Sneakerheads

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne and Matt Welty. This week the guys talk to the one and only, Bun B. Bun B tells how he became so connected in the sneaker game and shares his newest addition to his collection, the Trophy Room x Air Jordan 1.

February 5, 2021

Listen to Episode 63 of ‘The Complex Sneakers Podcast’: Brooklyn Projects’ Dom DeLuca Relives the Heyday of Nike SB

Complex Sneakers Podcast hosts Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty are joined by Dom DeLuca, the owner of the first skate shop to invade Hollywood, Brooklyn Projects. In this episode the guys go back in time to the beginning of Dom’s love for sneakers and end with tons of stories that show his imprint on the sneaker industry.

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