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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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    • 4.8 • 1.2K Ratings

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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    Did Donald Trump Destroy Sneaker Culture?

    Did Donald Trump Destroy Sneaker Culture?

    In one of the most bizarre moments in the history of sneakers, former President Donald Trump popped up at Sneaker Con last weekend to sell a gold pair of $399 sneakers called the Never Surrender High Tops. Is it a low point for sneaker culture? Is it the end of sneaker culture as we know it? Here, the co-hosts discuss Trump’s Sneaker Con appearance and new line of footwear, Biden’s response, and the generally gross idea of politicians hopping into sneakers in order to pander to voters. Also, Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty talk about Central Cee’s Nike collaboration, Anthony Edwards’ Adidas signature model, and the Nike KD 4 “Galaxy” retro.
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Is Nike Falling Off?

    Is Nike Falling Off?

    Nike is still the biggest brand in sneakers by a large margin, but it feels like the Swoosh has slowed down a little in the past couple years. Where are the exciting new products? How long can Nike rely on retro? Co-hosts Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty discuss these topics in response to a recent Business of Fashion story about Nike’s sluggish business. The trio also leak some upcoming sneakers (from Corteiz, Kobe, and Stash), dig into Jay Z’s Reeboks from the Super Bowl, and pine for the coming Nike Air Tech Challenge 2 retro.
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Greg Selkoe on the Rise and Fall of Karmaloop

    Greg Selkoe on the Rise and Fall of Karmaloop

    With the legacy of Karmaloop being a hot topic on social media in the past few weeks, we sit down with the company’s founder, Greg Selkoe. Selkoe tells never-before-heard stories about the company and also explains the highs and lows of running the streetwear juggernaut. Earlier in the episode co-hosts, Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne and Matt Welty talk about Nike seizing $5 million in sneaker inventory from a Los Angeles-based warehouse.


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    • 1 hr 27 min
    What Makes a Sneaker Classic?

    What Makes a Sneaker Classic?

    There’s no denying the Nike Air Max 95 is a classic sneaker, but what about the Air Max 96? What about a pedestrian shoe like the Air Max 270, which is everywhere but not that loved by sneakerheads? What about the VaporMax? Co-hosts Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty discuss the merits and bounds of the term “classic” in sneakers in this episode. They also talk about the rumored Kobe x Nike SB collaboration, the Flyknit era of the 2010s, Chinese New year Air Force 1s, and how horrible bar lacing is. Also, Welty explains his Twitter getting hacked.


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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Why Clot’s Edison Chen Left Nike For Adidas

    Why Clot’s Edison Chen Left Nike For Adidas

    Edison Chen is the co-founder of Clot, a streetwear brand that’s spent 20 years tying together the East and the West. Clot is best known in sneakers for its high-profile Nike collaborations, but that’s about to change. Last year, Chen and Clot started a new partnership with Adidas that promises to expand their sneaker empire by allowing Clot more resources and freedom to create. In this episode, Chen talks about leaving Nike, signing with Adidas, and the bygone era of lining up for sneakers. Also, cohosts Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty recap some Nike Book 1 drama on social media.
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Are the Reimagined 'Bred' Air Jordan 4s Any Good?

    Are the Reimagined 'Bred' Air Jordan 4s Any Good?

    Is it too early to start talking about the best sneakers of 2024? Absolutely, but that hasn’t stopped people from throwing around that distinction for the “Bred” Air Jordan 4 reimagined, which changes up a classic with a leather makeover. In their comeback episode, co-hosts Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty discuss the merits of the latest Jordan 4 retro. They also break down the hot year New Balance is already having, the lukewarm reaction to Devin Booker’s first Nike shoe, and the continued proliferation of fake sneakers.
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    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.2K Ratings

1.2K Ratings

Ocruz82 ,

Pumps!!!

Love the podcast always a great listen! You guys typically show love to most brands but wish you would talk about Reebok Pumps. There’s been a lot of great 90’s retro Pumps releases this year and I’ve never heard any mention. JLP, Welty, Brendan would love to hear your thoughts and if you would rock Pumps!

Zay Jackson ,

Best sneakers podcast

Best sneakers podcast with the best guests. Would one of the best podcasts in general if they would fix their voice audio. Always have to turn my earphones all the way up and once they say the end credits my ears get absolutely blasted. But good podcast in general

YLA20 ,

CHILL VIBEZ

Starting listening since the beginning. Favorite episode is when they had Mayor as the guest. Shoutout to Welty, JLP, B Dunne. Bring back the eBay giveaways, please…. Also, I listen to this as I work to help time go by faster haha

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