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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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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. 

    How Drew Greer’s Nikes With Wu-Tang and Jay-Z Changed the Sneaker Industry

    How Drew Greer’s Nikes With Wu-Tang and Jay-Z Changed the Sneaker Industry

    The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week, the three co-hosts talk to Drew Greer, a sneaker industry veteran who started at Nike back in 1994 and helped pioneer its strategy around limited edition and retro footwear. Greer’s long resume includes important shoes like the Wu Tang x Nike Dunk High and the Roc-a-Fella x Nike Air Force 1, which were integral in helping Nike explicitly cross over into hip-hop culture. Greer breaks down his decades in the game and how he changed the industry. Also, Welty finally gets his Diamond Dunks, Joe checks in from Miami, and Brendan talks ice cream tactics.


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    How Victor Cruz and Nike Brought Sneaker Culture to the NFL

    How Victor Cruz and Nike Brought Sneaker Culture to the NFL

    The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week, the three co-hosts talk to former NFL Giant and Super Bowl winner Victor Cruz about his sneaker resume. Cruz talks about how he got his own Nike shoe, getting royalties on every pair sold, and the lengths he's gone to to get shoes. He even reveals some details about former teammate Odell Beckham Jr. considering signing with Adidas instead of Nike. Also, Welty relives a college memory of calling out someone's fake Bapes and Brendan and Joe discuss Italian food.


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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Off-White x Nike: The Best, the Worst, and the Rest

    Off-White x Nike: The Best, the Worst, and the Rest

    The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week, the three co-hosts discuss Virgil Abloh's growing body of Off-White x Nike sneakers, starting at the first release of The Ten in 2017 and extending to the upcoming 50 set of Dunks. How big of an impact have sneakers like the Off-White x Air Jordan 1 had on collaborations and Nike's approach to them in general? Do we really need another 50 pairs this summer? Also, Welty explains his Memorial Day workout while Joe and Brendan discuss Italian food.
     
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    Jesse Leyva on Making Nike's Coolest Sneakers for Decades

    Jesse Leyva on Making Nike's Coolest Sneakers for Decades

    The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week, the three co-hosts are joined by Jesse Leyva, a Nike veteran who spent 20 years at the company creating some of its coolest sneakers. As the design director at Nike Sportswear and later the creative director in charge of Nike SB and Nike ACG, he was responsible for sneaker collaborations with Kaws, Geoff McFetridge, Undefeated, Stussy, and many more. Leyva discusses his decades-long history in the industry and the inner workings of Nike. Also, Welty ponders a holiday weekend workout, Brendan preps for the Nets game, and Joe talks his adventures on NIKEiD.
     
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    • 1 hr 26 min
    Is Nike Making Too Many Dunks or Not Enough?

    Is Nike Making Too Many Dunks or Not Enough?

    The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week, the three co-hosts discuss the Nike Dunk, a retro sneaker from 1985 that’s been huge in the past year thanks to SB collaborations and inline styles. But is Nike over-saturating the market with the shoes or should they keep making more? The co-hosts discuss their personal history with Dunks, current resell prices, and some of their favorite pairs old and new. Also: Joe gives some teasers on the next season of Sneaker Shopping, Welty relives his wild weekend, and Brendan comes back from vacation.
     
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    How Jon Wexler Signed Kanye to Adidas and Helped Build Yeezy

    How Jon Wexler Signed Kanye to Adidas and Helped Build Yeezy

    The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week they're joined by sneaker industry veteran Jon Wexler to talk about his 18 years at Adidas, which included working with Kobe Bryant and Tracy McGrady and most notoriously signing Kanye West in 2013. He discusses his time with Yeezy and some of the craziest and most notorious moments with the brand, as well as trying to sign Drake to Adidas before Wexler moved on to Shopify in 2020.
     
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