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

7 reasons to buy

  • The Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski Elite is a very stylish shoe, as mentioned by the majority of its actual wearers.
  • It is appreciated by many for being comfortable.
  • A number of purchasers were pleased to have received a pair that looks exactly as pictured online.
  • The shoe is a great buy especially considering its affordable price, as mentioned by some of the buyers.
  • Some reviewers stated that the quality and durability of this shoe is nice.
  • Few reviewers also mentioned that the shoe only took a few days to break in.
  • There were also comments made by a small number of reviewers that the shoe fits as expected.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski Elite disappointed some of its purchasers because according to them, the print details on the shoe are not that good.
  • Some reviews mentioned that the shoe runs narrow.
  • There were also a few comments stating that the shoe’s breathability is not good, especially when worn for a longer period.

Bottom line

What makes the Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski Elite desirable for many consumers is its overall aesthetic which exudes a stylish appeal. It has a versatile look and can be used as a skate shoe, but more as a lifestyle shoe. Of course, also appreciated by many are two other factors – the comfortable fit of this shoe and its affordable price.


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Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski Elite History

Stefan Janoski is a professional skateboarder from California. In 2009, seven years after the launch of the Nike SB brand, he became the second professional skateboarder next to Paul Rodriguez to have launched a signature shoe. Janoski conceptualized his first signature shoe as a hybrid between an old school skate shoe and a boat shoe, in which function is prioritized over protection. He worked closely with Nike designer James Arizumi and they came up with a skate shoe that features a vulcanized sole with a simple and basic overall design. The shoe is then known as the Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski, which was officially released in May 2009.

Since then, it has become one of the highly-sought skate shoes and a staple Nike model. It has been released throughout the years in many colorways and variations with upgraded materials and/or technologies.

In 2016, the Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski was released in an “elite” version – the Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski Elite. This version follows the silhouette of the classic Nike SB Stefan Janoski, but utilizes upgraded materials.

Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski Elite Style

The Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski Elite is a low-top skate shoe. Its design is minimalist, hence allowing versatility in terms of styling. It is designed as a skate shoe and it works well as it is, but it also is just as well as a lifestyle shoe for casual use.

Fit & Sizing

The Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski Elite is available in Men’s sizing from size 4 to 14 in D-Medium width. Nike uses a leather midfoot panel on this sneaker to offer exceptional hold, particularly for those who skate and who are always on the go.

Notable Features

The Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski Elite features a white midsole and a no-sew upper with a mixture of premium suede and leather material to embody Janoski’s laidback style. It also features a Nike Zoom Air unit in the sockliner for enhanced stability and responsive feel. The Nike SB Janoski label branding can be seen on the tongue and the iconic Swoosh on the sides.

Additional Info

  • The first shoe model released under the Nike SB Janoski line was the Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski in Black/Black and Cappuccino/Sandrift colorways. It was released in May 2009.
  • The Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski Elite SB x FB is a special edition release. It features a monochromatic premium leather upper in black with diamond-stitched details on the toe part.
  • The Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski Elite in Pure Platinum/White-Black colorway is included as one of the three iconic SB styles in the Nike SB “Road Pack” collection. The other two are the Dunk Low Premium and the Paul Rodriguez 9.
  • The Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski Elite “Cork” features a cork construction on its upper with a black Swoosh embroidered on the sides. It was released in a limited quantity as a part of the “Palm Leaves” edition of the Nike SB Janoski in Summer 2015.