Air Max 1 / 87

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The Nike “Air Max 1” (aka “Air Max 87”) was the first drop in the iconic Air Max brand. While the color of the original laces will depend on the pack / colorway / release, the OG shoelace style and sizing is the same across all. The Air Max Ones come equipped with standard, flat bodied cotton / poly blend laces, generally between 52 and 54 inches (137 CM). If you prefer to wear your laces untied, we recommend going with a slightly shorter, 50 inch shoelace – it’s a better fit for laid back styles.

Sneaker Air Max 1 / 87
Lace type Flat
No of Eyelets 7
Lace size 54 In / 137 CM


Lace Swap Recommendations

Depending on your personal style, tastes and preferences, you could swap out OG laces with a variety - below are some of our favorites. Also, be sure to check out our 15 favorite lace swaps for Air Maxes

  1. Gold tipped "ROPE" laces
  2. Black "FLAT" 3M laces
  3. White / grey "FLAT" 3M laces
  4.  Red x Black "ROPE" laces

More About The 1s

Released in 1987, the Air Max 1 (also known as Air Max 87) was another smash hit from Jordan sneaker designer, Tinker Hatfield. The cushioned sole was being used in Nike sneakers since the 1970s, but this was the first sneaker featuring the clear "air bubble" in the sole, giving people a window to view the technology. Needless to stay, this design was well received.

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  1. Steven James says : Reply

    Really helpful guide guys, appreciate you taking the time to put this all together. Quick question, what’s the smallest lace sizing that will fit? I really don’t like extra slack on my laces … thanks!

    • Stacey Jay says : Reply

      Hey Steven,

      The smallest laces we recommend using is 46″ – anything else will be too short to fully lace up, UNLESS you didn’t lace them up to the top. Hope that helps!

  2. Alper says : Reply

    Super helpful, thanks for putting this together. Going to go ahead and cop the flatties.

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