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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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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.

May 13, 2022

Listen to ‘Complex Sneakers Podcast’ Ep. 122: Christopher Bevans

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week they are joined by Christopher Bevans, who was just named creative director at Eddie Bauer. Bevans has a long history in sportswear that includes helping Kanye West make his first pair of Nike sneakers, designing Roger Federer’s logo at Nike, and helping out on the Nike Kobe collaboration with Stash. Also, the cohosts have a heated discussion about the merits of insoles.

May 6, 2022

Listen to ‘Complex Sneakers Podcast’ Ep. 121: Trophy Room Air Jordan 1 Backdoor, Nike Kobe Release, & Peter Moore

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week, the three have a long conversation about Marcus Jordan’s infamous Trophy Room x Air Jordan 1 release fiasco, how it affected his reputation in sneakers, and the spicy photos circulating on Twitter. They also break down the “Mambacita” Nike Kobe 6 release and reflect on the career of Peter Moore, the Nike and Adidas designer who passed away last week. Elsewhere, the co-hosts discuss the latest in the MSCHF lawsuit over the Wavy Baby shoe and, yes, hotdogs.

April 29, 2022

Listen to ‘Complex Sneakers Podcast’ Ep. 120: Backdooring, Sneakers Getting Stolen, and the Nike Jordan Movie

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week, the three touch on the Union x Air Jordan 2 fiasco, from people’s cards getting charged for pairs they couldn’t get and the accusation that the sneakers were backdoored. Infamous reseller Benjamin Kickz makes a brief cameo via FaceTime to discuss his involvement. Also, Joe and Welty reflect on thwarting sneaker thieves at their retail jobs and Brendan tries his best to put in a bid for a role in the coming movie about Nike signing Michael Jordan.

April 22, 2022

Listen to ‘Complex Sneakers Podcast’ Ep. 119: MSCHF Responds to Vans Wavy Baby, Nike Satan Shoe Lawsuits

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week they’re joined by Lukas Bentel, a chief creative officer at the Brooklyn art collective MSCHF. Bentel brings with him the recently released Wavy Baby sneaker, a Vans-lookalike model that is the latest MSCHF creation to earn a trademark infringement lawsuit. He defends the shoe, discusses the controversy over the Lil Nas X Satan Shoe that Nike sued over, and explains why he feels confident about his company’s legal issues. Also, Brendan and Welty leave Joe out of another PG dinner.

April 15, 2022

Listen to ‘Complex Sneakers Podcast’ Ep. 118: DJ Khaled’s Air Jordan 5s, Love Them or Hate Them?

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week they talk about DJ Khaled’s newly unveiled “We The Best” Air Jordan 5 collection, Fragment x Air Jordan 1s, Drake Nikes, and other top-tier collabs. The co-hosts discuss the merits of these shoes and whether being a collab alone makes them exciting. Also, Joe celebrates a birthday with a pair of glizzies, Welty runs down the latest in MMA news, and Brendan preps for a trip to New Balance HQ in Boston.

April 8, 2022

Listen to ‘Complex Sneakers Podcast’ Ep. 117: Sneakers That Need a Retro, The Best Nike Flyknits

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week, the three hosts talk about sneakers they want to see come back, like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Nike lifting shoe, the Nike Air Burst, and the Joe-favorite Air Zoom Citizen. They also reflect on the early days of Nike Flyknit, which launched 10 years ago now. Joe gives a breakdown of the latest Kith trip, Brendan explains Treefort Music Fest in Boise, and Welty starts laying out plans for the Complex Sneakers Glizzy Tour.

April 1, 2022

Listen to ‘Complex Sneakers Podcast’ Ep. 116: Which Yeezys We’d Actually Wear, the Sneakers We Regret Buying

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week, the three reminisce on the sneakers they wore in college, along with the regrettable outfits and tendencies toward extreme matching that they went through in that period. We’re talking absurd streetwear graphic tees, “Olive” Air Jordan 9s to go with your brown Lacoste polo, and green 10 Deep pants in the same color as your SB Dunks. The co-hosts also discuss which Yeezys they’d actually wear, Ye hiring a former Nike ACG design director, and college memories in general.

March 25, 2022

Listen to ‘Complex Sneakers Podcast’ Ep. 115: SneakGeekz

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week they welcome Carlos Sanchez, aka SneakGeekz, to the show to talk about his history as one of the first sneaker YouTubers doing unboxings. Sanchez discusses his highs, lows, fake sneakers, Galaxy Foams, and how he got out of the game to invest in Bitcoin and focus on crypto. Also, Joe returns from Miami, Brendan visits Aime Leon Dore, and Welty keeps his workouts going.

March 18, 2022

Listen to ‘Complex Sneakers Podcast’ Ep. 114: What’s the Worst Sneaker of the Year?

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week, they talk about the hype around the Air Jordan 1 “Rebellionaire” and whether the sneaker was actually any good. Also, the co-hosts discuss the best Nike SB Dunk box colors of all time and get into some upcoming Air Max 1 releases. Brendan also takes some time to explain his mutilated face and the car accident that caused it.

March 11, 2022

Listen to ‘Complex Sneakers Podcast’ Ep. 113: Why Is New Balance So Popular Right Now?

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week, they talk about New Balance’s collaborations and the sustained energy around the brand’s lifestyle sneakers. Beyond the recent heat by partners like Joe Freshgoods and Salehe Bembury, the co-hosts reflect on the last 15 years of special edition NB collaborations from Solebox, Concepts, Hanon, Burn Rubber, and more. Also, Brendan relives a tense situation in Times Square and Joe plans for a very special dinner.

February 25, 2022

Listen to ‘Complex Sneakers Podcast’ Ep. 112: The Most Viral Sneaker Memes

The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week, they reminisce on viral sneaker moments, trends, and memes from “What Are Those?” to the Chef Currys and Air Monarchs. The co-hosts break down moments like the “Damn Daniel” Vine video and John Geiger’s infamous ‘Red October’ Nike Air Yeezy 2 stunt, feeling out how they’ve aged years later. Also, Brendan is forced to pick between Tom Sachs and Tinker Hatfield, and Welty (kinda) gets a shoutout from Jack Harlow.

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