Verdict from +100 user reviews

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 make the shoe more durable than the other SB Janoski versions.

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.

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Good to know

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.

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.

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.

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.

  • 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.
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.