108 episodes

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. 
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    The Biggest Sneaker Releases of 2022

    The Biggest Sneaker Releases of 2022

    The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week, the three return from the holiday hiatus to take a look forward at the sneakers releasing in 2022. The co-hosts break down the most anticipated sneakers in the year ahead, touching on big releases like Drake's first Nike collaboration, the "Fire Red" Air Jordan 3, and more. Also, an admission on the omission of the Louis Vuitton x Nike Air Force 1 and a discussion on just how hard that sneaker will be to get. Elsewhere in the episode they discuss Finish Line's Nike collab series, Joe's history in the Air Max 97, and gambling.
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    REPLAY: Sonny Vaccaro Talks Signing Michael Jordan to Nike and Kobe Bryant to Adidas

    REPLAY: Sonny Vaccaro Talks Signing Michael Jordan to Nike and Kobe Bryant to Adidas

    The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne and Matt Welty. This week the guys host Sonny Vaccaro, one of the most influential sneaker marketing executives of all time. He single handedly changed the way sneaker deals were ideated, created, and executed. Sonny Vaccaro was responsible for some of the most impactful deals of all time such as Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. The guys get into how he got his start, his relationship with some of the big brands now, and his thoughts on the sports documentary series, The Last Dance.
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    • 1 hr 33 min
    REPLAY: Marcus Jordan Tells Michael Jordan Sneaker Stories

    REPLAY: Marcus Jordan Tells Michael Jordan Sneaker Stories

    The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne and Matt Welty. This week they're joined by Marcus Jordan, Michael Jordan's youngest son, and sneaker retailer. They talk best moments of The Last Dance, memories of growing up in the Jordan household and, of course, lots of sneaker stories.
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    • 54 min
    What Were the Best Sneakers of 2021?

    What Were the Best Sneakers of 2021?

    The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. This week, the trio is guestless as they discuss the best sneakers of 2021. In this last episode of the year, the co-hosts explain the rationale behind Complex's choices for the top-ten sneakers of the year and run through the whole list. They also add in a few of their personal favorites that deviate from the list. At the top of the show, Joe and Brendan recall their recent trips and Welty gives a brief update on superintendent duties.
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Victor Cruz Unveils His New Signature Shoe

    Victor Cruz Unveils His New Signature Shoe

    The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. Their guest this week is Super Bowl champion and one-time Nike signature athlete Victor Cruz, who talks about his new sneaker project with Pierre Hardy. Cruz also discusses getting his own Roc-a-Fella chain, buying fake sneakers in high school, and meeting Virgil Abloh for the first time. And, he puts a public service announcement out there about his Comme des Garcons x Nike Air Foamposite Ones that went missing. Perhaps most importantly, Joe revisits his rollerblading past once more at the top of the episode. 
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Trinidad James Breaks Down Designing His Own Sneaker

    Trinidad James Breaks Down Designing His Own Sneaker

    The Complex Sneakers Podcast is co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty. In this episode, they are joined by Trinidad James, a member of the Complex family and Full Size Run co-host. Trinidad talks about his Hommewrk brand and landmark first sneaker collaboration with Saucony, explaining exactly how the shoes happened and reliving the moment he sold out of them at ComplexCon. Also, the co-hosts discuss Joe's squandered rollerblading career and reflect on the impact Virgil Abloh had in sneakers.
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    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

......allthenicknamesaretaken ,

Best Podcast

This is the best podcast. Nice kicks had a podcast I really enjoyed but they don’t do new shows anymore and I haven’t stopped listening since finding this one.

OB 408 ,

Is this an eBay sponsored podcast or Adidas, Nike, Jordan

Brendan said it best this past episode: They’re super slow to look at those lesser known brands (On, Hoka etc.) Also I love Welty when he’s passionate about something but when he doesn’t like something or doesn’t know how he feels it’s always “this is the worst thing ever, they’re horrible, or I heard someone say they’re bad so they’re bad” Like come on dude just have an open mind and give these brands a shot. You only talk about 3-4 brands tops anyways unless you’re trying to get some for free ones sent to you like No Bull. They’ve got an endless list of contacts from the industry and it’s made for some great conversations, but you could even tell that after a while: Is the podcast an ad or an actual conversation?

I like poles. ,

Matthew and Brendan need a raise

I would say Joe needs a raise but he seems like he’s making a bag already.

Complex do not lose these two, please. I love hearing passionate people talk about the things they’re passionate about. I can hear it in their voice how much they love and care about their work. The way they can articulate their opinions on what’s going on in sneaker culture is amazing. Seriously, there’s something about them that make them both relatable to the average listener/consumer but at the same time two voices I respect highly in the sneaker space, that I know aren’t a celebrity like Fat Joe or Lil Yachty. I hope that made sense. Thank you for giving me something to listen to during my commute.

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