How to lace Dunks: Top tips for Nike sneakers

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Figuring out how to lace Dunks can be tricky at times, especially when you unbox them for the first time. Fortunately, we've got you covered.

We've put together a step-by-step guide to talk you through exactly how to lace up some of the best basketball shoes made by Nike since they came into existence in 1985.


We've also included a few top tips to help ensure a secure and comfortable fit to play in or for everyday wear since Dunks are regularly considered some of the best sneakers for fall and winter around.

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We appreciate though that some of the more traditional lacing techniques may not suit your style. Therefore, we've made sure to include a few alternative methods to cover all bases.

So grab your best Nike Dunks and follow our top tips right here...

How to lace Dunks

The following technique is what we believe to be one of the most effective methods of lacing a pair of Dunks as it is the one you'll often see in Nike's official pictures of its sneakers.

We're focusing specifically on Lows; however, the technique should also work for both high-tops and Mids, you'd simply continue lacing until you reach the top. So, with that covered, let's get into it...

Step 1: Thread one end of your shoelace through the first eyelet, then do the same on the opposite side before pulling them through to make sure each side is equal in length.


Step 2: Cross the two ends of your shoelace and thread through the second row of eyelets on opposing sides from underneath.

Step 3: Repeat the second step as you work your way up the eyelets.

Top Tip: We'd recommend making sure your laces remain flat and taut as you go to avoid an uneven and loose finish.

How to lace Dunks - Nike Dunks in hand with white laces untied.
Credit: Will Breen

Step 4: Around the fifth or sixth row of eyelets you can either decide to thread your shoelace through the tongue tabs or cross them over the top. We'd recommend threading through for the most secure fit.

Step 5: You then also need to decide whether you want to thread your shoelace through every eyelet or stop one before the top. The latter technique is a popular approach as it leaves you with a good amount of shoelace left to tie a knot.

Step 6: Repeat steps one to five with your second sneaker and your Dunks should be ready for you to put on and tie up.

What type of laces do you need?

With seven eyelets to cover on average, it's widely recommended that you opt for around 140cm, or about 55", shoelaces in order to finish the lacing process with enough length to spare to tie a knot. This is also the stock shoelace size.

However, you then have the decision to make as to whether you want to go for flat or rounded laces.

Typically speaking, Nike Dunks, like these "Terry Swoosh" Lows, come with flat laces as standard. However, that doesn't mean round, or even oval laces are out of the question.

How to lace Dunks - "Terry Swoosh" Low product image of a pair of light cream and brown sneakers with burnt orange soft Swooshes.
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For instance, you can pick up white oval laces, like these from DELELE, to achieve a look similar to the one seen from these "Infrared" Dunks.


The colour is down to you as well, as you can either opt to match your laces to your sneakers, or mismatch entirely for a more unique and standout look.

How to lace Dunks - Nike Dunk product image of a pair of grey, black, red, and white sneakers with bright white laces.
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While our step-by-step guide details one of the most common ways of lacing a pair of Nike Dunks, it isn't the only method out there. We've detailed a few alternative techniques below.

Straight Bars

The straight bar method is perhaps the next most common lacing technique after the aforementioned method. It's one we've also covered before in our guide to lacing Air Force 1s, so head on over there for more information.

To start, create a straight bar between the first eyelets, then take the left aglet and feed it through the third eyelet up on the right from underneath before threading it through the opposite eyelet over the top to create a bar across the tongue.


Do the same with the right aglet, but instead of the third row of eyelets, feed your shoelace through the second eyelets, leaving three neat straight bars ready for you to repeat the previous steps until you reach the top.

Un-Tied And Loose

Keeping your Dunks loose and untied is also another highly popular lacing technique.

How to lace Dunks - Nike Dunk image of crimson and white sneakers with white laces.
Credit: Sauney Kicks

Fortunately, the method remains the same as our first technique. The only difference is once you've reached the top, you'll want to go back and loosen each crossover section, leaving a couple of inches of shoelace spare on either side.

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