Complex's Sneaker Shopping stopped by Stadium Goods in New York to catch up with Oscar award-winning actress, Whoopi Goldberg. Starting off in the Reebok section of the store host Joe La Puma reminisced with Goldberg about accepting the 1985 Golden Globe for The Color Purple in a pair of Reebok Freestyles.
Celebrities and CEOs opting for more comfortable options has become commonplace these days, but during the '80s and '90s, Goldberg blazed the trail for the normalization of sneakers outside of the casual world. The star explained her admiration for being able to wear sneakers instead of heels.
"I can do the heel thing forever, but if I can wear a pair of sneakers, I'm happier," she said. "And now seeing this amazing explosion of sneakers, and they are being accepted as footwear for any time—I just love that," she added. Goldberg even wore sneakers at the White House, a similar move pulled by Frank Ocean who—like Goldberg—caught some flak for the choice. "The man is at the White House. He's Frank Ocean, and he gets to be who he is when he goes—that's the beauty of being an American and going to the White House, or it was," she explained.
Check out the rest of the interview in the video above to hear Goldberg talk about her love for Foamposites, her brother looking like Michael Jordan, the John Elliot fashion show, and mix and matching Pharrell x Adidas NMD Hu sneakers.