2021 saw sneaker releases we won't soon forget. Whether it was Virgil Abloh's last release with Nike or an unexpected inline release at New Balance, there were sneaker releases that changed the game for years to come. Check out some of the best releases from this past year and the lace swaps that can make them your own.
These highly anticipated retro Air Jordans by James Whitner, the owner of A Ma Maniere, did not disappoint. Inspired by the first pair of Jordans that Whitner's mother bought him, he made sure the pair could be worn by men or women. A pre-yellowed sole give this update a classic look. Match the white uppers with a White Luxury Leather Lace swap.
Release Date: April 28
Laces: White Luxury Leather Laces
Off-White continues to dominate fashion and the sneaker scene and the Nike Air Jordan 2 by Off-White is no exception. The design was the last to be released before Virgil Abloh passed away and the design speaks to his attention to detail and vision. The midsoles feature a faux-cracking effect, inspired by a pair of Air Jordan 2s from Michael Jordan's own archive. A White Off-White SHOELACES swap would give this new release that classic Virgil touch.
Release Date: November 12
Laces: White Off-White SHOELACES
For his latest release with adidas Kanye West created a bold looking shoe. The midsole on the Yeezy 450 dominates much of the shoe, reaching from the sole almost to the ankle. The rest of the shoe is made up of a knit upper for a futuristic design that continues to drive the Yeezy brand forward. Try a Black - Thin Oval Lace swap with this one of a kind pair.
Release Date: March 6
Laces: Black - Thin Oval Laces
(Source: Footwear News)
With a ragged, deconstructed design, the 200R Protection Pack brought New Balance a hit. Selling out again and again, this release featured three colorways in black, white and grey tones. The designer Yue We said he was inspired by how older people in Boston would wear their well-worn New Balance sneakers around town. Layers of suede and versatile color combinations made this release a success. Give this intentionally shaggy shoe some polish with Charcoal Grey Rope Laces.
Release Date: August 20
Laces: Charcoal Grey Rope Laces
Lace Lab Sizing Chart*
|Number of Eyelets||Lace Length|
|3 Eyelets||30 Inches|
|4 Eyelets||36 Inches|
|5-6 Eyelets||45 Inches|
|6-7 Eyelets||54 Inches|
|7-8 Eyelets||63 Inches|
*Sizing varies from shoe to shoe. Please use this chart as a rough estimate. For best results, please measure the length of your original laces. If you are between two sizes using our chart, we recommend choosing the shorter length for most applications.