Stefan Janoski Interview – Sidewalk Mag Product Guide 2013

Stefan Janoski(Featured: Sidewalk Magazine Product Guide,Ā Fall 2013)

Your shoe is one of the most popular skate shoes on the market rightĀ  now. Was it surprising to see such a demand for it? Thanks!Ā Ā When I got the final sample of my shoe, I knew it was amazing, exactly what IĀ  wanted, and I havenā€™t worn another shoe since.Ā  Iā€™m psyched that everyoneĀ  loves it as much as I do!

How involved were you with the design of the shoe?

I wasĀ 100% involved. It took many samples, sketches and drawings, but the end resultĀ  is the best shoe ever!

You are rarely, if ever, seen not wearing your shoe. What did youĀ  skate before you began developing the Janoski? Was there any influence, Nike orĀ  otherwise, from certain shoes youā€™ve skated in the past?

Since theĀ  first sample, I have only worn my shoe. Recently, when Iā€™m chilling, Iā€™ve wornĀ  the Project BA shoe. My influence for the Janoski was boat shoes and old schoolĀ  skate shoes.

The Janoski was one of the first shoes from Nike that reallyĀ  succeeded with the ā€˜less is moreā€™ approach. What aspects of skateboarding didĀ  you focus on when designing the shoe?

Iā€™ve always liked to skate inĀ  slim minimal shoes, so I can feel my board. It was important for me to haveĀ  separation from feet to board and I wanted function over protection. MinimalĀ  amount of materials, flat toe, low cut, and Vulcanized were also importantĀ  features for me.

What was it about the ā€˜boat shoeā€™ aesthetic that appealed toĀ  you?

I wanted to make sure that my shoe had a classic and timelessĀ  style. I used to wear boat shoes a lot, because they look cool and casual.

Since the Janoskiā€™s release thereā€™s been an abundance of differentĀ  colour ways and both a mid top and Velcro version. Do you prefer experimentingĀ  with a silhouette you really like instead of working on anotherĀ  shoe?

Yeah, my shoe is great the way it is. It looks good onĀ  everyone. I think I got it right on the first try.

Nike SBā€™s other models such as the Dunk and Blazer have a largeĀ following with ā€˜sneaker headsā€™. Shortly after release the Janoski did too. WereĀ  there any colour ways you really liked or thought stood out?

ThereĀ  have been hundreds of colours man, they are all really cool so itā€™s hard, if notĀ  impossible to pick a favourite but I loooove Velcro!! The past is theĀ  future. And the future is Velcro.

What should Stefan fans look out for from you in the nearĀ  future?

Habitat is almost done with a Thrasher online video, soĀ  thereā€™s that. Also, lots of cool colourways and collaborations, music, art,Ā  writingā€¦space exploration.

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