Facts

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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.

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.

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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 6 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 OG is an excellent shoe for everyday wear, according to several purchasers.
  • This shoe feels snug at first, but gets comfortable after the break-in period.
  • Some reviewers reported that they got lots of compliments with this shoe on.
  • The majority of the reviewers were glad that this version utilizes leather laces, which is much more durable and stylish.
  • Reviews made by skateboarders noted that this Stefan Janoski model holds up somewhere in the average or above the average durability-wise.
  • Skating in this shoe is a great experience, according to a few reviewers.
  • Some reviewers who skate in this shoe commented that it has a great board feel.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski OG is a bit narrow in the toe box, according to many reviewers.
  • Some reported that the Zoom Air insole of this shoe is weak.
  • Some reviewers were a bit disappointed that this shoe took some time to break-in.

Bottom line

Professional skateboarder Stefan Janoski’s signature shoe, which is probably the most iconic shoe in the Nike SB line, received an OG version with aesthetic upgrades through the Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski OG. Several buyers appreciated the aesthetic upgrades on the upper and waxed leather laces, which makes the shoe more durable than the other versions of a similar silhouette. Also, a plus for most is its stylish look complemented with classic colorways. However, many experienced that it fits narrow and snug, and breaking it in for a comfortable fit took some time.


Rankings

Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski OG compared to 2397 sneakers:

Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 620 ratings

5 star
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4 star
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Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski OG History

The Nike Skateboarding line, otherwise known as the Nike SB, was introduced in 2002. There is a Nike SB Team composed of professional and amateur skateboarders that help in promoting and designing skate shoes under this line. One of these members is California-based professional skateboarder Stefan Janoski. He is the second professional skater, next to Paul Rodriguez, to be given a signature shoe under this line, which is the Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski that initially dropped in 2009.

He worked hand-in-hand with Nike designer James Arizumi in the design process of his signature skate shoe, with inspirations drawn from a classic skate shoe combined with a boat shoe. The upper is very simple and basic in a low-top construction and equipped with a vulcanized sole.

The Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski received a highly positive response from the consumers not only in the skating community, but also in the casual or lifestyle sneaker market. It is dubbed as one of the greatest, if not the best, shoe model that the Nike SB line ever released.

One of the recent versions of this popular skate shoe is the Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski OG. It bears similar construction as the original Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski, but made with a few materials and aesthetic upgrades. The upper materials are either leather, nubuck, or suede and the laces are rounded leather in premium quality for increased durability and streamlined look. The footbeds of the two models are also different, but mainly just in aesthetics as the OG version has a plaid footbed.

Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski OG Style

The Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski OG is a low-top skate shoe that can be worn on board or in the streets. Ideal to wear with shorts, jeans, or casual pants, this OG version of the Nike SB Stefan Janoski is as stylish yet minimalist as the regular model. It also comes in classic colorways that offer versatility in styling for both men and women.

Fit & Sizing

The Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski OG is a low-top skate shoe featuring a suede upper for durability and ample hold and support on the feet. There is a padded heel insert for a comfortable cushioning and impact protection.

It is available in men’s sizing that ranges from 4 to 14 in D Standard width. Half sizes are also offered.

Notable Features

The Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski OG has a similar construction as the regular Nike SB Stefan Janoski, but with minor aesthetic upgrades.

This version utilizes a suede, leather, or nubuck upper that comes in classic colorways as a nod to Janoski’s original skate shoe silhouette that fans and casual consumers loved back in the day. It also features rounded and waxed leather laces that go through the reinforced metal lace eyelets. 

This version also has a plaid footbed and a stronger suede heel cap, which is a different take from the regular Janoskis with canvas heel.

Additional Info

  • There are perforation details visible on the toe box for ventilation.
  • The tongue and collar are lightly padded and
  • Also featured is a vulcanized rubber outsole for excellent board feel and flexibility. It bears a Herringbone tread pattern for optimum grip on smooth surfaces.
  • The Swoosh on the side has contrasting colors.
  • It also features a removable Nike Zoom Air insole for cushioning on impact.
  • The Nike SB and Stefan Janoski branding are visible on the tongue.