Facts

  • Top

    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

    Good to know

    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

  • Inspired from

    Sports

    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

  • Collaboration

    Good to know

    A masterful team-up between two or more entities, usually between brands and artists, pro-athletes, designers, and boutique labels. Limited Releases are very popular and are normally sold out in just hours or minutes upon release despite the hefty price tag. Collaborative works for General Release regularly come with a decent price tag, but can sometimes cost an arm and a leg because of hype, social media anticipation, or marketing strategy. Kanye's collab with Adidas is one such example.

  • Collection

    Good to know

    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

  • Price
    $100
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Summary

We spent 9.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The Hyperfeel insole must have delivered well because a lot of those who have skated using a pair of Nike SB Stefan Janoski Hyperfeel XT shoes feel that their feet were properly supported.
  • The toe cap must have succeeded in making this shoe sturdier because a lot of skateboarders say that this pair withstands the relentless pressures of their quite aggressive skateboarding.
  • At least two wearers say that the padding on the collar of the Nike SB Stefan Janoski Hyperfeel XT is a lot better than the padding on the original Janoski Hyperfeel.
  • A handful of skaters think that the outsole has an effective grip on almost any surface, especially their skateboards.
  • This model is reasonably priced.
  • There are a handful of largely monochromatic colorways to choose from.
  • The design of the cupsole must have been really effective because wearers report that their feet feel so securely locked down even when they are moving aggressively.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A few of those who left reviews and comments express displeasure over the appearance of the Nike SB Stefan Janoski Hyperfeel XT.
  • There are skateboarders who prefer the vulcanized sole of the original Stefan Janoski kicks.
  • At least one reviewer thinks that this pair of sneakers from Nike SB is a bit tighter than expected.

Bottom line

Quite frankly, it is safe to say that the Nike SB Stefan Janoski Hyperfeel XT deserves its name because it is indeed (extra) tough. Aggressive skaters, or those who are so fond of doing numerous flip-tricks, talk about its ability to withstand the pressures of even their most daring acts. It is also very supportive, securing their feet very well especially during motion. Sold at only around $90, this shoe is a little hard to let pass.

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Nike SB Stefan Janoski Hyperfeel XT History

Nike is undoubtedly a brand for athletes, but the company did not actually have its own line of skateboarding shoes until 2002 when the Nike SB was launched. Through the years, the line has partnered with well-known skateboarders like Eric Koston, P-Rod, Lance Mountain, and Stefan Janoski to endorse and produce shoes that will make skateboarders and street wearers swoon.

Known as the switchstance king, Stefan Janoski released his first ever signature shoe through Nike SB in 2009. It was marketed as the Zoom Stefan Janoski, and it was the first shoe from the line to be made not with the usual cupsole but with a vulcanized sole that was said to provide better board feel. After all, it’s always function over comfort for the switchstance king.

The Janoski Zoom enjoyed tremendous success. In fact, it helped thrust Nike SB’s influence from the confines of skateboarding culture to the more enveloping embrace of the mainstream sneaker frenzy.

2014 came and the Stefan Janoski Max was released, bearing all the features that the mainstream market demanded. The Max brought back the cupsole and it used breathable mesh on the upper. It also used the Max Air on the insole to provide superior comfort. Perhaps it’s quite obvious now where this model got its name.

It was in late 2015 when the Nike SB Stefan Janoski Max Mid was released. More than just a mid-cut version of its immediate predecessor, the Janoski Max Mid also introduced some material changes on the upper. It also had TPU paneling that covers the toe and heel areas, adding an extra layer of water-resistant protection.

By mid 2016, another Janoski version was dropped. This was the Nike SB Stefan Janoski Hyperfeel. Just a few months after that, a tougher version of the Janoski Hyperfeel was released, and it was aptly called the Nike SB Stefan Janoski Hyperfeel XT.

Nike SB Stefan Janoski Hyperfeel XT Style

A shoe for skateboarders, the Nike SB Stefan Janoski Hyperfeel Xt undoubtedly goes well with street style pieces like pants and shirts. They look equally good when paired with shorts and singlets.

Fit & Sizing

The Nike SB Stefan Janoski Hyperfeel XT comes in a standard width, and it can be worn by both men and women. Its lace-up design makes it a lot easier for wearers to adjust the fit whenever necessary. The tongue also has elastic straps on the sides to give it some slip-on qualities.

Notable Features

The toe cap that gives this model that extra toughness also significantly sets it apart from the other Janoski releases, especially the one that shares the Hyperfeel name. Wearers report that this additional feature really does its job, and it effectively lengthens the usable life of the shoe.

Additional Info

  • The Nike SB Stefan Janoski Hyperfeel XT has significantly more padding in the collar than the ordinary Janoski Hyperfeel.
  • The upper of this shoe is made of suede.
  • The Hyperfeel insole is removable.
  • Though the grooves on the outsole are not very deep, they are still able to provide the right amount of grip.