Did you know that the average person will probably spend at least two weeks of their life tieing their shoelaces?
If you're going to devote so much of your time on the planet tieing your shoes—you might as well get your lacing game on as well so your hard work always leaves you looking crisp. Especially if you've invested in a sleek pair of Air Force 1 sneakers.
Relacing your Air Force 1 shoelaces can make things easier when it comes to tieing your shoes. It can also give your sneaks a unique touch, especially if you swap out the laces for a custom look.
Not sure how to style your Air Force 1 shoelaces? If so, you're missing out.
Read on to find out everything you need to know about styling the laces on your newest Air Force shoe purchase.
Picking Out Laces
One of the easiest ways to inject extra personality into a pair of Air Force sneakers is by threading them up with some new laces.
If you want to keep things plain and understated you can breathe new life into a well-worn set of Air Force 1 kicks with new, fresh shoelaces in the original color. Laces are often the first part of a well-worn shoe to start looking a little tired.
On the other hand, if you want to amp up the attitude in a pair of Air Force 1 sneaks, you can also get creative and pick up some colored laces.
How to Match Your Air Force 1 Shoelaces
Before you start picking out colored laces, give some thought to whether you want the laces to blend in or pop against the shoe. For instance, if you have a pair of Air Force 1'07 LV8s, you might want to keep things tonal with a beige pair of laces. This could create an interesting look and highlight the beige colorway.
On the other hand, maybe you want to brighten things up and make the red on the heel path pop even more? If so, then you can look for a pair of red laces that closely match the tone of the heel patch.
Finally, if you want to add a third color to the mix, you can still keep things cohesive by staying in a warm color palette and adding some yellow Air Force 1 shoelaces.
If you want the brightest, most contrasting look possible, then you can also choose a color that's opposite on the color wheel from the main colorway in your shoe.
For example, if you have a pair of these wheat-colored Air Force 1 high tops, you could thread them with a grey-toned or blue set of shoelaces, as these colors are on the opposite side of the spectrum.
Want another example? Let's say you're working with the Air Force 1 Sage low tops. Green is the most contrasting color to use, but make sure you select a dusty, muted tone to match the soft pink of the suede uppers.
Lacing Styles 101
Now let's get into lacing techniques. There are quite a few complicated methods out there that can look very original and creative, but for now, let's stick with the basic techniques.
Relacing the Classic Under Pattern
If you have bought yourself a new pair of Air Force 1s, or any new kicks for that matter, one of the first things you should do is re-thread the laces. Why? Because factory threaded laces invariable look a little messy.
Lacing up shoes is still one of the factory tasks that robots can't handle. The person who laced your new shoes probably has dozens and dozens to get through in a day, so it's no wonder that the lacing might not be 100% perfect. Shipping and storage can further dishevel things.
Ten to one, the laces are twisted, the lengths uneven, and they are too tight. Trying to loosen them up with your fingers is only going to make things worse.
If you want to neaten things up, unthread the laces completely, divide them in half, and thread them into the first two holes making sure both sides are an even length.
From here, lace them up in a crisscross pattern by threading the laces up through the bottom of the holes. Make sure your crossovers are always the same, ie. the lace going left always goes under the right or vice versa.
The Diagonal and Over Pattern
If you want to switch things up you can also try the diagonal and over pattern. Follow the same steps as for the standard under and over pattern, except thread the lace tips through the top of the holes, not the bottom.
Don't forget to keep things even by making sure you are consistent with which side lace lies on top of the other when they cross over.
The Loop-Back Pattern
If you want to go for an even more unique and unusual lace-up, you can also try the loop-back pattern. Start by dividing your lace evenly and looping one side up through all the lace holes on one side of the upper, so it wraps around the edge and enters each hole through the bottom.
Then take the other side of the lace, thread it through the first hole on the other side of the shoe and pass it through the loops you made with your lace on the opposite side. Then pull the laces tight evenly, so the place where they loop through each other sits in the middle of the tongue of your Air Force 1s.
This will create an interesting woven-like pattern.
Looking for a Crisp New Pair of Air Force Sneakers?
Relacing your Air Force 1 shoelaces is something every sneakerhead should do, even if you're not swapping out the laces. It will make your new Air Force sneakers look even more crisp, winning you instant style points.
If you want to take things up a notch, you can get creative with colored laces and some alternative lacing styles.
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