Verdict from 6.3 hours of research from the internet

10 reasons to buy

  • Many users of the Stefan Janoski Slip-On Canvas are impressed by their durability.
  • Several skaters who bought this shoe praised it for running exactly true to size.
  • Most wearers like that it is easy to slip-on and off.
  • Numerous buyers love the outsole’s skateboard grip and ground traction.
  • One blogger found this a great alternative skate shoe for Nike loyalists who do not want to wear other skateboard shoe brands.
  • A lot of wearers love the simple canvas upper that looks classy, highly durable and well-built.
  • Majority of users of the Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski Slip-On Canvas like the flexibility of the vulcanized rubber sole.
  • A couple of skaters love that the brand finally had the popular Stefan Janoski shoes on slip-on as it is less complicated to wear compared to the original laced-up version.
  • Another skater reviewed this saying the air cushioning at the heel is very responsive to impacts and helps a lot in protecting the feet from injury.
  • Various commenters liked them for stylish design ideal for fashionable street walks.

6 reasons not to buy

  • Buyers of the Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski Slip-On Canvas with wide feet find the shoes narrow on the ankle part.
  • A skateboarder commented the slip-on is not advisable for competitive skateboarding as lace-ups are needed for heel support and secure lockdown.
  • One reviewer found it uncomfortable on the ankle part due to lack of ankle padding.
  • A couple of critics claimed the shoe did not hold long in their wear tests with visible holes and rips on the canvas material.
  • Some noted the slip-on tends to loosen up after a few months of skating and can never retain its hold to the feet.
  • For a slip-on, a reviewer said the $75 price tag is a little more expensive than the $50 to $60 price of another popular skateboarding slip-on shoes.

Bottom line

The Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski Slip-On Canvas is the answer to every skater’s wish to have the popular sneakers in an easy slip-on and slip-off version.  In terms of features, the shoe retained the quality and durability, which these skateboarding shoes are known for with the premium suede and canvas material. This slip-on was an alternative for Nike loyalists who would not want to switch brands for a pair of slip-on skateboarding shoe.  

In terms of fit and sizing, the Nike SB Stefan Janoski Slip-On Canvas relatively runs true to size. The shoe has a narrow entry with a goring design at the tongue which instantly delivers a secure fit. Available sizes for this unisex shoe in men’s sizing are US size 4 to 14. Since this is a unisex shoe, women’s shoe sizes will fit well when size is at 1.5 sizes lower.

In terms of style, the Nike SB Stefan Janoski Slip-On Canvas went away with laces to show a more laidback look compared to the original. This carefree style adapts well to the way of life of the skateboarding community.

The easy going lifestyle is best exemplified by the slip-on delivers easy in and out of the footwear. In terms of color availability, the Nike SB Stefan Janoski Slip-On was initially launched in all-white and black colors and soon in red.

As a fitting follow-up to the highly successful Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski, the slip-on version has not that much innovation to boast except for the ones the original laced-up version has been offering.

The Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski Slip-On Canvas has a molded sock liner with Nike Zoom Air unit.  This is further enhanced by a foam midsole for ankle support and extra cushioning. The casual slip-on design is also equipped with a vulcanized rubber outsole with a herringbone pattern for a durable skate ride and firm grip and traction.

For skateboarders, no recent kicks released by the Portland, Oregon-based shoe manufacturer would be more valuable than the Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski.

Janoski is an American professional skateboarder known for his "switch-stance" skills and casual style. His signature Nike SB shoe model, the Nike Zoom Stefan Janoski, was based on his own design.

The chukka-style shoe is an original design for the Nike SB line specifically made for the professional skateboarder in 2009. The success of the Stefan Janoski line led to numerous models of the Nike SB brand experimenting with various materials and colors to fit the needs of the street style and casual outfits of today’s skaters.

One of the most popular shoes released by the SB line, the solid colorways and shape are a staple among the skateboarding community giving earlier established skate shoe brands a shake that they have to improve on their design or be overshadowed by this popular Nike model.  The most popular color combinations for this particular shoe are the black and mint version which is popular for both casual and street-style wear.

Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski Slip-On, meanwhile, was launched only in 2016 to cater to the needs of sneaker fans for a slip-on shoe of the popular Stefan Janoski line. While other skateboarding shoe brands have very popular slip-on, it was only during the past two years that the Nike SB sub-brand introduced an easy to don footwear. The following year after the success of the Janoski slip-on release, Nike SB released the Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski Slip-On Premium using finer materials and additional colorways in 2017.

  • Miley Cyrus, Jason Biggs, Justin Bieber and Jason Sudeikis were spotted wearing the Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski Slip-On.
  • The shoe has a perforated toe box for ventilation.
  • Each pair boasts of a tongue gusset for a locked-in fit.
  • The sneaker has molded sock liner with Nike Zoom Air unit for responsive cushioning.
  • The Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski Slip-On Canvas’ higher-priced Premium version used higher quality materials and printed floral designs appeared in early 2017.

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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.