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


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.


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.


We spent 8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

11 reasons to buy

  • A large percentage of reviewers were blown away by the comfortable feel of the Nike SB Stefan Janoski Max.
  • A good number of comments mentioned that it is just a bang for the buck shoe.
  • Several users were surprised at how light this sneaker is.
  • Most of the buyers reported that the shoe insanely looks good.
  • A handful were appreciative that they did not have to break in the sneaker.
  • The ankle support is just outstanding, according to several who do skating or longboarding.
  • Some skaters noticed very good feel for the board in this shoe.
  • The shoe comes in so many different colorways.
  • It is customizable.
  • More than a few reviewers use this shoe for running or gym workouts.
  • Many buyers claimed that the fit is what they expected it to be.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A handful had durability issues with the SB Stefan Janoski Max.
  • There were a few who felt that the sole was just too stiff.

Bottom line

Nike matches two of the most successful, sought-after, and iconic silhouettes in the entire sneaker world by introducing the Stefan Janoski Max. A cross between the SB Stefan Janoski and the Air Max 1, this is a sneaker that has already started making a name of its own. The shoe easily bridges the gap between performance and style with excellent support and even more mind-blowing looks. At a very reasonable price, anyone who is looking for a cool, sophisticated sneaker that is supremely comfortable for all-wear duty and with more than enough performance in its DNA, should give this shoe a serious look.



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Nike SB Stefan Janoski Max History

In 2002, the Swoosh joined the skateboarding scene by creating the Nike SB. Among the several of the popular skateboarders who joined the fold, Stefan Janoski was easily one of the most recognizable and well-loved. Janoski’s work in the Zoom Janoski 2009 brought a new level of attention to Nike in the skateboarding world.

Not only was the shoe very much a streetwear figure, it was also designed for performance as Janoski practically built it from the ground up. From this shoe, their partnership gave way to even more silhouettes that are almost always a sure fire hit among sneakerheads.

The Air Max 1’s history is something that will always be hugely popular in the sneaker world. 1987 saw Tinker Hatfield introduce a shoe that was almost a rebellion against Nike’s own vision and the sneaker world’s expectations. The shoe unveiled for the first time the visible Air Sole technology. While Nike was trying to make the technology smaller, Hatfield wanted to make it larger and visible to everyone.

In the Nike SB Stefan Janoski Max, the upper silhouette is quite clearly from Janoski’s work while the Air Technology in the midsole of the Air Max sits in the shoe’s engine room. A Free outsole for maximum freedom of movement completes the cast.

Based on the number of people who have made reviews about this shoe, it is highly unlikely that its popularity will drop in the near future.

Nike SB Stefan Janoski Max Style

A nice blend of modern, sporty look and a classic appeal rest in the heart of the SB Stefan Janoski Max. It is tailor-made for those who like to mix their style. It is a really good option for casual and sporty wear. Jeans, joggers, and shorts are ideally suited for this shoe.

Fit & Sizing

The Nike SB Stefan Janoski Max offers good hold and balance courtesy of its skateboarding roots and as designed by Janoski himself. It has adequate room for multiple foot shapes and sizes. The men’s sizing are from 4 to 14 while the women’s are from 3 to 12. It generally runs true to size.

Notable Features

Nike took its ingenuity to a new level when they decided to use the Air Max sole in the SB Stefan Janoski silhouette. As fans of Nike know, the iconic Air Max became such a hit because of the visible Air bag that was previously hidden from public. It was a testament to Tinker Hatfield’s guts and fashion sense that made the visible Air sole possible.

The incorporation of this Air Technology to the already formidable Stefan Janoski shoe gives the SB Stefan Janoski Max a whole new character that can only grow in influence and popularity.

Nike’s inclusion of the Free sole is another expression that it is not afraid to combine some of their best technologies. For skaters, the Free sole gives very good board feel while freedom of movement is very much allowed. Nike ably refreshed the Stefan Janoski silhouette by providing fans a tried and tested outsole technology.

All in all, these features combine to give the Nike SB Stefan Janoski Max the attention and cultural savvy of a modern and sophisticated shoe without losing the elements of its past.

Additional Info

  • Buyers have several options regarding upper material depending on their preferred color.
  • Nike uses a bootie construction for a snug, yet comfortable fit.
  • A sockliner is added in the interior for enhanced cushioning and plush feel.
  • For flexibility and freedom of movement a series of flex grooves are utilized in the outsole.
  • The visible Air Max Technology is paired with a full-length Phylon foam for shock-absorbing features.
  • A herringbone pattern together with the rubber pods provides adequate feel for skaters and longboarders.
  • The mesh upper offers excellent ventilation, particularly during summer.