Sizing Guide: How Does The Nike Air Force 1 Fit?

Sizing Guide: How Does The Nike Air Force 1 Fit?

My Methodology

I like to preface this sizing guide by saying that there is no “perfect shoe size”, but rather a “size range” that works best for most people when it comes to sneakers. As you continue reading, understand that this “size range assumption” will serve as the foundation for the fit and sizing advice provided in this guide. Enjoy and I hope it helps!



The Nike Air Force 1 fits slightly long when going true-to-size.

In most situations, the Nike Air Force 1 fits slightly roomier in length than other Nike models when going with your most common Nike or Jordan Brand size. This may not be an issue for those with wide feet, but others may opt for a different size, so continue reading for more helpful sizing tips based on your individual foot type and fit preference.


Fit And Sizing Tips

Nike Air Force 1 Fit and Sizing Guide

My Personal Fit And Sizing Experience With The Air Force 1

In most cases, I personally wear a US size 12 in Nikes, but I prefer to go down a half-size to an 11.5 with the Nike Air Force 1. When going tts, there’s more room in the toe than I prefer from a length perspective, so going with the smaller size gives me a fit that allows me to wear the shoes loosely laced, with no heel slippage.

In a pinch, I could still wear a size 12 if my preferred size wasn’t available, but I would probably have to wear thicker socks and tighten the laces a bit.


From my experience, the Nike Air Force 1 has a similar fit profile to the Air Jordan 5 and 6 which I both prefer to wear in a US11.5 as opposed to my usual US12. In comparison to other brands, I’d have to say the Air Force 1 fit similar to New Balance 990s.

What Size Should I Get In The Air Force 1?

sizing Suggestions BASED ON YOUR FOOT TYPE

If you have Narrow Feet: For those with narrow feet, you should definitely consider going down a half size from your normal Jordan/Nike size. Staying tts may result in excess room in the toe box which will cause forward foot movement when walking.

If you have Wide Feet: For those with wide feet, you will be safe going tts or with your most common Nike or Jordan size due to the roominess of the Air Force 1’s toe area. Going up a half size may create a situation where there is too much extra length in the shoe and you may experience unwanted forward foot movement when walking.

Sizing SUGGESTIONS Based On Your Fit Preference

If you prefer a Snug Fit: Those that prefer a snug fit should definitely consider going down a half-size from their most common Nike size in the Air Force 1 to achieve a comfortable 1-to-1 fit.

If you’re in a pinch and can’t find your preferred size, staying with your most common Nike/Jordan size would most likely work, but may require you to tighten up your laces for a more secure fit.

If you prefer a Roomy Fit: If you prefer a roomy fit, then staying with your most common Nike/Jordan size should provide ample room for most buyers. If you’re in a pinch and can’t find your preferred size, going up a half-size may work, but avoid going down a half-size.


Air Force 1 FAQs

Answers To Common Questions

  • Considering it was originally released back in 1982 the Air Force 1 is a decent casual shoe once broken in.

    It won’t blow you away by any stretch of the imagination, but it does provide enough comfort for light casual wear and should hold up during most wearings as long as you don’t push them too far.

    As always, you can opt to add after-market insoles for additional comfort, if needed.

  • Most Nike Air Force 1 releases offer uppers comprised of full-grain or synthetic leather, nubuck/suede, or any combination of both.

  • When it comes to most Air Force 1s offerings comprised of traditional leathers, they can be easily cleaned with a product like the Essential Shoe Cleaning Kit by Reshoevn8r which provides everything necessary to keep your pair looking fresh and for a reasonable price.

    Suede or nubuck iterations require a little more attention to detail which may require tools such as a suede eraser and suede brush.

  • Here we are 40+ years after its original release in 1982 and the Air Force 1 is Nike’s number 1 selling shoe and for good reason.

    It’s classic styling, relatively low price-point, and accessibility make it a no-brainer pick for anyone looking for a wearable retro sneaker.

    With so many simple and ornate colorways to choose from, theirs bound to be an offering for just about anyone.

    I said that to say, “Grab a pair if you haven’t already.”


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