Air Max Light

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The Nike “Air Max Light” (aka “Air Max II”) was the second Air Max to bring a Maximum-Volume Heel Air-Sole Unit. 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 Light come equipped with standard, flat bodied cotton / poly blend laces, generally between 45 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 Light / II
Lace type Flat
No of Eyelets 6
Lace size 54 In / 137 CM


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 2s

Released in 1989, right in-between both the AM1 and AM90, the Air Max Light (aka the Air Max II) will go down in history as a great follow up to such a clean and refined design like its predecessor, the Air Max 1. As the name suggests, the second-gen edition also loses weight by changing the midsole foams to a lighter polyurethane in the heel and phylon in the forefoot, with thermoplastic straps added for strategic support. BRS1000 waffles made the outsole more durable and a variable-width lace system allowed for multiple cinching options. Despite being a nice design packed with technological advances, the Light has always had a low profile within the Max franchise. This is a sad reality, as the Light seems to not garner as much attention as some of its other brethren. However, it still remains a rare and must have item for any real sneakerhead collection.

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  1. Matt says : Reply

    Super helpful, I’m going to try what you have here and see if I can’t bring my lights back to life!

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