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Steven Henderson - Australian Sneakerhead Interview


Hapsari Listya
January 6, 2023

Steven @sckicks5 has been loving sneakers since he moved to Australia and started photographing his sneaker collection in 2018. For him, collecting sneakers is about making himself feel the best in a fresh pair instead of getting approval from others!

Could you share a bit about your secret origin story? (Tell us a bit about yourself, how you started loving sneakers, what you do/hobbies etc.)

I was born in the UK and moved to Australia at age 5; then, at 6, we moved from NSW up to QLD - this is where my sneaker obsession started to take hold. Once in QLD, my elder brother and I started playing basketball - the only problem with this is he got all the sneakers, and I got the supermarket copies.

I remember falling in love with the Reebok Kamikaze/Fila Grant hill 2s/Jordan 11s and the Air more Uptempo in the mid-90s… Just watching all the older guys rocking these kicks on the court and loving them. I moved away from basketball and took up skateboarding in my teenage years - my love for sneakers continued in this to Koston Es/Muska Circa’s/ Osiris D3s and Chet 4 Globes, some of my best memories on my feet.

As I grew up, I always loved sneakers but was never able to obtain them…. A few years back, I started picking up more sneakers - Jordan/Nike/Lebron/ Reebok/Li-Ning/Under Armour - you name it. If I like it, I’ll rock it.

In the past two years, sneaker photography has grown as a passion for me, and in 2018 my Instagram account @Sckicks5 came about, and my passion for the love of sneakers has grown every day since. For me now, it’s family - I have a wife and two young children, so they keep me on my toes - I take my sneaker shots when we are out on a family walk or down the local shopping center. I work simultaneously as a shift worker, so I have to make every opportunity count. ‍

All images via @sckicks5

What's your current favorite pair of sneakers?

At the moment - I’m a sucker for my concord 11s, but my Bel Air 5s and all my Kamikazes would be close behind this pair…. I do, however, have the Lebron South Beach 8s on the way so that they may take the cake.

What drew you to this particular pair of sneakers?

It’s their aesthetics; I love the design and the way they look on foot - I’m all about sneakers being worn and the feeling you get from putting on a fresh pair.

What’s your sneaker-collecting philosophy?

My quote when it comes to sneakers is, “For the love of sneakers and not for the approval of others” - For me, it’s about making yourself feel the best you can in a fresh pair that you love - buy sneakers you like not what’s on-trend or what others like.

Your dream hype sneaker you wish to acquire but don't have so far.

At the moment, it’s a pair of the “Remember the Alamo” Reebok Kamikaze 2 - I love the design of these sneakers, and anything with a colorful pop is a winner for me!!

What's your day-to-day style like?

I’m pretty casual and like it keeps it pretty simple. At the moment, I wear denim shorts most of the year with a plain tee to match my sneakers. I was always an ankle sock guy, but if it is late, I have been throwing a few more sock designs into my style when preparing an outfit.

Where can people find you on social media?

I’m on Instagram @sckicks5; this is the only platform I use to share my love of sneakers through my photography. All sneakers on the page are my own, and all photos are taken by myself.

An ailurophile who loves bake cookies and listen to indie music!