Jordan 1 Lace Tutorial: How To Lace Yours (+ Ideas)

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Last Updated on January 7, 2024 by Ch David

You’re most likely here because you:

  • Just got yourself a pair of Jordan 1s
  • And you want some lacing ideas
  • So your laces will look more unique

If you just picked up your Jordans, their laces probably look like this:

Deadstock lacing style for Jordan 1s

In this guide, we’ll turn these laces into something.

Join us, and let’s see the 8 most unique methods to tie up your shoes!

8 Ideas: How to lace your Jordan 1s

You can lace Jordan 1s in various styles like straight bar, cross lacing, European straight lacing, ladder lacing, zipper lacing, bow tie lacing, loop back lacing, and hidden knot lacing.

Let’s look at a few of those!

1. Loose Lacing

Jordan 1 Loose Lacing
  • Start at the Bottom: Begin by lacing the shoes using either the straight lace or criss-cross method, inserting the lace ends into the bottom eyelets. Keep the lacing relaxed from the start.
  • Maintain a Relaxed Tension: As you lace up, consciously keep the tension loose. This creates a comfortable, casual look, allowing the tongue of the shoe to be more visible.
  • Final Adjustments and Tying: Once you’ve reached the top, adjust the laces to ensure they are evenly loose throughout. Tie the laces in a casual bow or let them hang for a truly laid-back style.

2. Factory Lacing

Most Jordans come without their laces tied up to the shoes.

However, some come with shoes laced up to the top — they’re the factory lacing we’re reffering to (a.k.a. “deadstock” lacing).

Jordan 1 Factory Lacing
  • Start Underneath: Begin by threading the lace ends upwards through the bottom eyelets from underneath, ensuring they are even in length.
  • Criss-Cross Lacing: Cross the laces over each other and thread them up through the next set of eyelets from underneath, continuing this criss-cross pattern all the way up.
  • Final Adjustments: Pull each section of the lace to adjust the tension evenly, maintaining a neat, factory-like appearance, and tie off at the top as desired.

3. Zig-Zag Lacing

Jordan 1 Zig-Zag Laces
  • Lace the bottom in a straight-across method.
  • Thread one lace end diagonally across and up the shoe, skipping one or two eyelets each time.
  • Do the same with the other end, creating a zig-zag pattern.

4. Bow Tie Lacing

Jordan 1 Bow Tie Lacing
  • Begin with the standard criss-cross lacing.
  • Halfway up, tie a small bow with each lace.
  • Continue lacing up normally, leaving the bows exposed for a unique look.

5. European Straight Lacing

Jordan 1 Straight European Lacing Method
  • Start with one end of the lace straight across on the outside and in through the bottom eyelets.
  • With the other end, go straight up on the inside, then straight across on the outside.
  • Alternate this pattern, creating a straight-across look on the outside.

6. Display Lacing

Jordan 1 Display Lacing Style
  • Lace up the shoe using a straight lace or criss-cross method.
  • Adjust the laces to be looser towards the top, allowing the tongue and sides of the shoe to be more visible.

Each style can add a unique touch to your Jordans, so try them out and see which one suits your style best!

7. Diamond Lacing

Jordan 1 Lacing Tutorial - Diamond
  • Start with the straight lace method at the bottom.
  • Cross the laces and thread them under the vertical lace sections on each side.
  • Continue this pattern to create a series of ‘diamond’ shapes up the shoe.

8. Straight Lace

Straight Laced Jordan 1s
  • Start by inserting each end of the lace into the bottom eyelets (closest to the toe).
  • Pull the laces up vertically on the outside and enter the next set of eyelets from above.
  • Continue this pattern up the shoe, ensuring the laces lay flat and straight across each time.


This guide looked at 8 of the best lacing styles for Jordan 1s.

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David is the co-founder and co-CEO of Legit Check By Ch. David's experience: 5+ years of creating educational content in the fashion industry. 6+ years of authenticating luxury items. Currently, David is the Head Editor of the LCBC Library, where 1,000,000+ words have been published, in free guides, for over 1,000 items.
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