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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

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.