How Salehe Bembury Became One of the Hottest Sneaker Designers | The Complex Sneakers Podcast

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.

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00:00 - 05:45 Intro / Gold bottle celebrations / raspy voices
05:45 - 11:30 - what was in your 5 CD disc changer back in the day?
11:30 - 13:50 - your best athletic entrance songs
13:50 - 18:50 - Welty joins a soccer league(ish) / Complex's soccer team
18:50 - 25:55 - giveaway of the week / what's your favorite knock off sneaker?
25:55 - 30:30 - Salehe Bembury joins the podcast / hiking talk
30:30 - 35:45 - how the whistle shoe was created, the New Balance 574 YURT
35:45 - 43:00 - the story behind the Crocs that Salehe created
43:00 - 48:00 - royalties for sneaker designers and working with 2 Chainz
48:00 - 52:30 - Salehe being a one-person operation
52:30 - 58:00 - working with Kanye and camping out for sneakers
58:00 - 01:03:30 - becoming famous in the sneaker industry and Andre 3000
01:03:30 - 01:05:00 - discussing the New Balance team
01:05:00 - 01:12:10 - new releases for Salehe and what's next

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