Summary

We spent 6.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Several purchasers agree that the Nike SB Stefan Janoski Hyperfeel is generally comfortable and provides a great board feel.
  • There were a few reviews noting that this shoe provides support, heel protection, and a good structure around the feet.
  • Many consumers appreciate this shoe’s stylish, versatile look, and several colorway options.
  • This updated version of the Nike SB Stefan Janoski can be availed at a reasonable price.
  • Some of the buyers commented that this particular shoe has more padding than the other Janoski models.
  • The Hyperfeel version of the SB Stefan Janoski is very light.

3 reasons not to buy

  • There were numerous purchasers who got really disappointed with the durability of the Stefan Janoski Hyperfeel. Reports note that the perforations on the sides rip easily after using the shoe for only a few times. However, recent releases of this shoe got rid of the said feature.
  • There were also comments made by a few reviewers that the heel of this shoe keeps sliding.
  • Some users said that this updated version of the Nike SB Stefan Janoski takes a while to break in.

Bottom line

The introduction of the Hyperfeel technology to the classic Nike SB Stefan Janoski model makes a highly-comfortable skate shoe with an improved board feel. This feature undoubtedly impressed many skaters, sneakerheads, and casual users, in addition to being available in several colorway options at a reasonable price tag. However, despite these good points, numerous buyers had some durability issues after just a few times of wearing this shoe.

Facts

Expert Reviews

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Become an expert

The Nike SB Stefan Janoski Hyperfeel is a men’s shoe that is available from size 4 to size 14 in D – medium width. The hidden gusset in the tongue provides a more sock-like and natural fit to the wearer. The drop-in Lunarlon midsole provides additional cushioning at the heel while simultaneously allowing more board feel in the forefoot.

Skate in style in this upgraded silhouette of the Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski classic– the Nike SB Stefan Janoski Hyperfeel. Exhibiting a basic and minimal suede upper with the Swoosh branding on the side panels and a low-cut profile, it can also function as casual kicks for skaters, sneakerheads, or even just casual consumers that appreciate its style.

At first look, the Nike SB Stefan Janoski Hyperfeel may appear to be almost aesthetically similar to the original Janoski signature shoe from the Nike SB. However, as one looks closely, this updated version has a thicker heel collar for added comfort and a gusseted tongue for a more natural and sock-like fit. It also features Lunarlon midsole technology and a thin, web rubber cupsole with a modified herringbone pattern.

Nike Skateboarding, otherwise known as the Nike SB, was launched by the American shoe and apparel brand Nike in 2002 as its second attempt at establishing a name in the skate market. Nike partnered up with professional skateboarders, including Stefan Janoski.

Stefan Janoski began skateboarding in 1992 and has been known for his “switch-stance” skills and a laid-back skateboarding style. Next to Paul Rodriguez aka P-Rod, he is only the second pro-skater to have his own signature shoe under the Nike SB sub-brand. The Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski, his first ever signature skate shoe, initially dropped in 2009. Janoski was hands-on with the design process of the shoe and worked closely with Nike designer James Arizumi. Inspired by a combination between a boat shoe and a classic skate shoe, it features a very simple and basic upper, a low cut silhouette, and a vulcanized sole.

The Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski has become a huge success not only in the skating community but also in the sneaker market in general. In fact, it has been considered as one of the most successful Nike skate shoes to date. Throughout the years, it has been released in vast colorways and upgraded versions.  

In June 2016, Nike SB introduced the Nike SB Stefan Janoski Hyperfeel - the updated version of Janoski’s signature shoes with Nike’s Hyperfeel technology. The Hyperfeel adds comfort and improves impact cushioning of the shoe. Unlike the original Nike SB Janoski, this version features a drop-in Lunarlon midsole for thicker cushioning at the heel and thinner in the forefoot for more board feel, and a thin, web rubber cupsole with a herringbone traction pattern. It also has a hidden gusset in the tongue for a more secure and natural fit.

  • Recent releases of the Nike SB Stefan Janoski Hyperfeel got rid of the side perforation details on the upper, which was featured in its earlier versions. This move can be attributed to the fact that there were numerous complaints before that the perforations on the earlier releases tend to rip off easily and cause huge holes on the upper.
  • The Hyperfeel concept began when Nike SB aimed to provide more board feel to its skate shoes. It debuted through other Nike SB models, such as the Nike SB Koston 3 Hyperfeel and the Nike SB Bruin Hyperfeel. The Janoski model is the third shoe to have been upgraded with this feature.
Author
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

daniel@runrepeat.com