When it comes to footwear influence, no one has made an impact like Stefan Janoski. CCS touched base with Stefan to find out more about his iconic shoe.
Did you ever think your shoe would become as popular and influential as it has?
My only thought was to make my perfect shoe. When the first sample came in, I knew it was exactly what I wanted—it was my dream shoe. It was a great looking shoe and great for skateboarding. It’s been really cool that so many people wear it and like it. It’s wonderful and it allows us to get creative and make different colors and versions.
What risks did you take with putting the shoe out? At the time it was a pretty unconventional design for skate shoe, right?
I didn’t feel like it was a risk at all. I’ve always worn and skated low profile simple shoes, and I like the casual look of a boat shoe—I just combined that with all the other aspects of my favorite skate shoes.
Nike SB got named most influential footwear brand by CCS for 2013. What do you think sets Nike SB apart?
Nike has always had the best shoes! SB has an amazing team of filmers and photographers, they put on amazing events and they make high quality innovative skate shoes.
Your Nike SB teammate Paul Rodriguez got named most influential Street Skater of the year by CCS for 2013. What’s your relationship with P-Rod? What is it about him that makes him such a great and influential ambassador for skateboarding?
I’ve known Paul for a long time. He’s a great guy and an amazing skateboarder. I’ve always enjoyed skating with him, and watching him progress just gets better and better. He’s an all around skater who can do it all!
How has skateboarding influenced your life over the years? What does it mean to be influential in the skate world today?
Skateboarding lets me be myself. It naturally forces a different and creative perspective on your surroundings and their possibilities. It’s amazing to be an influence in the sport and to be able to show that you can do the things you love.
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