Verdict from +100 user reviews

10 reasons to buy

  • A large number of wearers deemed the general feel of the Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski Canvas as comfortable; one user reported the shoe is comfortable enough for long runs/walks.
  • Many were delighted with how good-looking and stylish the sneaker is, with its classic, clean and minimalist aesthetic.
  • The shoe possesses great quality, some observed.
  • One user commented on the good impact protection and support the shoe provides.
  • Several reviewers were pleased with the shoe’s colors, a couple of reviewers were glad that the shoe is offered in a wide array of colors/colorways to choose from.
  • The sneaker fits well being true to size, many users reported.
  • A handful commented on how sturdy and durable the sneaker is.
  • Several were happy with the shoe’s versatility, saying that it is great for walking, for hanging out, for lounging, for sporty activities, for casual wear, and as an everyday shoe.
  • The Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski Canvas is a fashionable choice and makes a cool statement, a few purchasers remarked.
  • Some were impressed that the shoe goes well with practically any outfit, and can even pass for a dress shoe with its simplicity, one even reported it went perfectly with a wedding suit.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Some purchasers were dismayed that the sneaker runs narrow.
  • A couple remarked that the shoe is a bit expensive.
  • The sneaker can be uncomfortable the first few days, requiring a break-in period of a day, to a few days.
  • A couple of reviewers remarked that the profile of this shoe is too low.

Bottom line

Designed to perform, the Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski Canvas’ low-profile cushioning allows maximum board-feel, while providing the support required for skating. For comfort, breathability, and style, this sneaker features a durable allover canvas upper. 

The minimal yet stylish shoe is very hard not to like. It goes quite well with practically any outfit. Without a doubt, the shoe has evolved into one of Nike’s most popular signature sneakers ever. For many, it has become the go-to casual yet smart choice.

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Good to know

Like most of Nike SB’s releases, the Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski Canvas is unisex. With its skateboarding origin, the sneaker promises a comfortable fit with superb impact protection and a streamlined support.

The shoe is offered in men’s sizes 4 to 17, in medium width. For the usual fit, women need to go 1.5 sizes down.

Although specifically designed for performance as a skate shoe, there is no denying how enormously popular this sneaker is among non-skaters. It has become a stylish choice without sacrificing comfort and durability.

It’s really hard to go wrong with the shoe’s low-profile silhouette that sport a classic, streamlined look. The sneaker goes well with practically any outfit, its simple yet stylish design, easy to match with sporty, casual, business casual, and even dressier clothes. And since the sneaker is offered in a wide array of different colorways, consumers are likely to find pairs that match different styles.

For low-profile cushioning and lightweight performance, the sneaker features Nike Zoom Air in its sock liner. The Zoom Air Unit provides responsive cushioning without sacrificing board-feel. And because it is very thin, it brings the foot closer to the ground, promoting better stability, particularly needed during quick cuts and multi-directional movements.

It was in 2002 when Nike launched the SB (skateboarding) brand, which is an extended line of footwear and apparel, specifically created for the skateboarding community. During its first years, Nike SB released nothing but Dunks: Dunk Highs, Dunk Lows, Limited-Edition Dunks and Collaboration Dunks. The Dunks gave birth to the SB category.

However, times have changed, ushering in the rise of new SB lines. The most prominent of which is the Stefan Janoski signature line, which was first released in 2009. The Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski was designed by the legendary professional skateboarder himself. His focus was to keep the shoe clean, low profile, lightweight and highly skateable.

It did not come as a surprise that the Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoskis was an instant hit in the world of skateboarding. Pared-back, vulcanized, canvas shoes always had a following in the sport. And when the sneaker was introduced, skaters had been opting for simpler shoes. What is fascinating was how quickly it gained popularity beyond skateboarding. The line has become very successful and wildly popular, it has become an extremely important part of the Nike brand.

Without a doubt, the Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski Canvas showcases the simplistic skate shoe that quickly became a classic favorite since its release.

  • The sneaker’s streamlined look and feel is largely due to its autoclave construction, which fuses the outsole to the upper.
  • For streamlined support, the shoe features a one-piece heel to midfoot overlay.
  • For added durability and superior grip, the shoe features a rubber outsole with the tried-and-tested herringbone traction pattern.
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.