Verdict from +100 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • The low-top Nike SB Stefan Janoski Max L’s all-suede upper has looked nice and durable, according to some users.
  • Many have thought this shoe is super comfortable. Someone even said that it is more comfortable than regular Janoskis.
  • Its flexible Free sole is perceived by many as a great has added a feature on this kind of Nike sneakers, reported by a few testers.
  • Some reviewers have shared that the airbag at the heel gave this sneaker a light, cushy feel that other skateboarding shoes didn’t have.
  • The majority of purchasers have given this shoe a two-thumbs up for its stylish silhouette and stunning colorway.
  • Among the Nike SB Stefan Janoski sneakers, this kick didn’t fail to impress its fans with its well-made construction.
  • Most of its buyers have stated that it was a product worth buying.
  • Several bought this for daily use, specifically for walking around and working out.

1 reasons not to buy

  • Some say that its price tag is slightly expensive.

Bottom line

Innovation is a result of the fusion of two existing elements. The Nike SB Stefan Janoski Max L is a hybrid constructed with a boat shoe-inspired Janoski upper, an Air Tech-infused midsole and a Free Run outsole. 

Unlike other SB shoes, this one is made to be worn after an intense session of shredding; Thus, instead of offering enhanced grip and board feel, it is constructed to supply comfort. Users, skaters or not, enjoy the lightweight, bouncy feel and the natural range of motion it provides.

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Good to know

A supportive, stable ride and unrestricted ankle movement can be expected from this sneaker’s suede upper and low-top construction. This lace-up sneaker has ribbed sole that gives cushioning effect. Also, the Nike SB Stefan Janoski Max L is available in men’s sizing.

A vigorous session of skateboarding can be tiresome for the feet. Thus, it wouldn’t hurt to give it some love by surrounding it with comfort.

The low-top Nike SB Stefan Janoski Max L's minimally-styled upper’s aesthetics is automatically upscaled thanks to its all-suede material and its woven mesh fused tongue. The equally attractive Air Max midsole, on the one hand, gives this after-game skate shoe a unique, appealing look that’s perfect with jeans and tees, shorts and hoodies, leggings and loose tops and other sporty or casual outfits.

While it carries Stefan Janoski’s signature design with its 4-eyelet lace-up closure for optimal fit and one-piece midfoot to heel overlay for extra hold, it’s the well-known Air Max sole with its unconcealed air bubble unit that makes this model distinct.

Able to supply uncompromised comfort and impact protection minus the unwanted weight, the shoe can still be reliably used for skateboarding. The Free outsole with its deep horizontal and vertical grooves is equipped with herringbone pattern treads for flexibility as well as multi-directional traction and superior grip.

Back in March 2002, Nike, a brand lauded for its high-performance running and hoop shoes, entered the skateboarding world. The Dunks ruled, and a myriad of variations was introduced. However, times changed and new models invaded the market. Rising on top is the Stefan Janoski’s line. Launched in the year 2009, it quickly became a staple model of the Swoosh brand.

American professional skateboarder Stefan Janoski became a household name among skateboard enthusiasts for his mad “switch-stance” skills. A skater who would instantly take risks to do a perfect flip, his shoes embodied his attitude towards skating emphasizing function over protection. His casual style can also be recognized from his shoes' low-profile, minimalist yet eye-catching designs.    

Over five years have passed, and Janoski’s reign continues. With at least over 150 versions being released, the shoe’s color, material, and construction have been modified every so often. Its DNA, however, remains intact. Nike, though, unpredictable as it is, chose to take things further.

By combining SB Stefan Janoski's DNA with their revolutionary Air Max midsole and Free outsole, they created a hybrid which they aptly dubbed as the Nike SB Stefan Janoski Max. Built with a mesh upper, it was lighter and more comfortable than any of its forerunners. Its success led to other iterations, the SB Stefan Janoski Max L included. This rendition, though, is made with an all-suede upper which instantly gave it a classy look not to mention added durability.

  • The lacing system comes with flat tonal laces.  Spare laces are also included.
  • The breathable woven-mesh tongue is attached to the shoe’s panels for easier slip on/off.
  • Step-in comfort is enhanced with the addition of the suede/textile lining and lightly cushioned removable footbed.
  • The Stefan Janoski Nike Skateboarding & Co. logo on the stitched tongue label and the fused Swoosh on the sides complete its look.
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.