When one thinks of Stephen Baxter, they most likely think Australian accent, sarcasm, and SNEAKERS.
This love story begins in the 1990s, with a pair of Reebok Pump Omni Lites in all white with black and orange. They were a Christmas present from his grandparents, that he loved so much that he bought another pair when Reebok re-released them in the 2000s. These days, his heavy rotation includes Adidas NMDs, white leather Reebok Classics, and his Jordan 8’s.
No doubt that Stephen’s got dope sneaker game, and is my go-to friend when I need a second opinion on a pair of kicks. He’s also a treasure trove of info on how to best maintain your sneakers; I recently tried to share some white leather maintenance tips I had just learned and of course he already knew all those tricks and then some.
Stephen always starts with Crep Protect Spray, which provide an invisible protective barrier against rain and stains. For general maintenance and any stains that do arise, he has sneaker cleanings kits from Crep Cure and Jason Markk. You can also purchase sensitive baby wipes in lieu of sneaker-specific maintenance wipes that you might be tempted by.
As for storage, Stephen uses The Container Store Drop-Front shoe boxes. It’s great to be able to quickly skim your shoes but also compartmentalize space so that every pair of shoes can have a designated place.
Beyond maintenance and care, Stephen has also shown me how dope ass kicks can be a love language too: he frequently buys sneakers for his family members in Australia. We were walking in Nordstrom last weekend and he went straight for the kid’s sneakers. It was really endearing.
I asked Stephen what what advice he’d give to someone who wants to up their sneaker game but has no idea where to start. His sage wisdom? Stick to your budget, and remember that sneakers are for WEARING, not hoarding.