If you’re trying to figure out how to lace Jordan 1s, you’ve come to the right place.
When you first unbox your sneakers, lacing them to fit comfortably and reflect your style may seem difficult, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible.
When it comes to getting your best Jordan 1s ready to wear, we’ve put together a set of step-by-step instructions to walk you through some of the key lacing techniques to achieve a secure fit and the desired look.
Table of Contents
Set Up The Base Of Your Lacing
Beginning with straightforward crossover lacing, I’ll walk you through each technique I use.
- Start by going underneath each of the 1st eyelids
- Then, take each lace tip and go across the sneaker
- The lace tip should go under the eyelid directly across (meaning you pull the lace tip up through the eyelid, not down through the eyelid)
- Follow this patten up to the 5th eyelid
- Stop here – you should have an even crossover lacing pattern
Highs, Mids, Or Lows?
Choosing which version of the silhouette you want to lac up comes first when deciding how to lac up your AJ1s. Not everyone will be certain of the sneakers they own, despite the fact that it may be glaringly obvious. Because they are the only low-top model in existence with seven eyelets, Air Jordan 1 Lows are the most easily recognized. Be aware that you’ll need a shorter length than you would if lacing a pair of high-tops if you’re replacing the factory laces with new ones.
Although it is much more difficult to differentiate between Jordan 1 Mids and Highs, there are a few obvious differences. The eyelets are the first thing to look for; mid-tops have eight, while high-tops have a full set of nine. If that doesn’t work, a quick glance at the tongues should, as most AJ1 Highs will be marked with the recognizable Nike Air motif rather than the Jumpman logo found on most mids.
Tight Or Loose?
The next step is to choose the tightness of the laces you want to use on your Jordans once you’ve chosen the variant you’re going to lace up. While many fans of footwear will have strong opinions on how to do this, it really is a matter of preference, so you should definitely try on various looks to determine which you like best. Both tight and loose laces have advantages and disadvantages. For instance, it’s a common belief that tight laces will cause your sneakers to crease more quickly.
Even though this is the case, loosely lacing your Jordans will result in a much less secure fit on your feet, which can be uncomfortable. The loose-lace style, which has gained popularity after being made popular by the skateboarding community, is, however, fully embraced by a large number of people. Unbelievably, a significant portion of sneakerheads just wear their laces loosely, never even tying them!
Over Or Under?
The question of whether to pass your laces over or under the eyelets is one that is frequently discussed in the world of lacing. Despite the fact that this may seem unimportant, there is a dispute within the sneaker community about which approach is the best. If you’re not sure what we’re talking about right now, we’re referring to the process of lacing up a pair of sneakers and whether you should approach it from the inside and outwards or from the outside and inwards. One of the few pairs of sneakers available, Air Jordan 1s, don’t have factory laces, so the wearer must make this choice.
Again, this is very much a matter of personal preference, but after years in the footwear industry and with many of us here at The Sole Supplier having retail experience, the general consensus is to lacing your AJ1s from the outside (the over method). If you want your kicks to look as sharp as possible, this seems to be the way to go because it produces a cleaner, more traditional look that sneakerheads seem to prefer.
To Tie The Knot?
The decision of how to fasten your laces—or whether to fasten them at all—must be made. This is the final but not the least step, and it’s a topic we briefly touched on earlier. However, the Air Jordan 1 is now primarily a lifestyle shoe. Of course, if you plan to use your AJ1s for their original purpose (on the basketball court), you’ll want to tie them up in the traditional method and as tightly as possible. This means that a looser knot, or even none at all, is ideal for everyday wear.
The main lesson to be learned from this in-depth analysis of lacing is to keep in mind that each individual has different needs and that lacing is a personal decision. The sneaker community can occasionally be a judgmental place, so always wear your shoes however you want to because that’s what matters! For all the most recent information on sneakers, keep checking back right here at The Sole Supplier. While you are here, be sure to browse the rest of our website.
Style 1: Tight, HalfWay Laced With No Tie
Many skaters, including Lil Wayne, are seen sporting laces in this manner. Once the crossover to the fifth (or sixth) eyelet is finished, setting it up is straightforward:
- Run your laces across the body and underneath the lace holder on the tongue
- Tuck the lace tips into the inside of the shoe
- Knot inside the shoe
Style 2: Tight, HalfWay Laced With Laces Tied
This style is for you if you prefer to tie your laces on the outside of the shoe but like the previous one.
- Take your laces across, up and out of the 6th eyelid (the first eyelid on the ‘top’ of the sneaker)
- Tie the laces how you prefer
Style 3: Tight, All The Way Laced With Laces Tied
You would use this method if you intended to use these shoes for basketball, which is what they were designed for.
- Finish the crossover lacing all the way to the top of the sneaker (through the top eyelids)
- The laces left over will be just long enough to tie into a small bow or loose knot
Style 4: Loose, All The Way Laced With No Tie
Despite being my personal favorite, my peers rejected this.
- Leave the laces tied all the way to the top
- Loosen the laces throughout the body of the sneaker
- Leave only the tips of the laces + 1 inch of lace hanging from the top eyelets
- Loosen the rest of the lace throughout the sneaker
Style 5: Loose, HalfWay Laced With No Tie
The most common method for lacing Jordan 1s is by far this one. The 72″ laces are too long for this technique; I recommend using 63″ ones.
- Leave the laces loosened throughout the sneaker
- Untie the top 2 eyelets
- Let the tips of the laces hang off through the 6th eyelet
Are There Alternative Jordan 1 Lacing Techniques?
There are other ways to lace up a pair of Jordan 1s besides the one we show you in our step-by-step guide, which is just one of the most popular.
Once more, this style is similar to the first, but its primary function is to skip the evenly spaced eyelets all the way to the top, as the name implies, to create a looser appearance.
If you’re going this route, it’s customary to tie the laces together over the sneakers.
The last technique, which we also covered in-depth in our guide to lacing Converse, deviates the most from the first by having the laces run straight across the Jordan 1 tongues like a bar.
Starting from the outside, you must weave the laces through each eyelet in a manner that is almost serpentine until you reach the top, where you must tie them together to complete the look.
Having said that, there are a virtually limitless variety of different lacing techniques you can use to individually tailor your Jordan 1s to suit your style, so it’s worth experimenting and determining what style works the best for you.