Nike Air Force 1 Sizing Guide w/ Photos [AF1 Fit Big or Small?]


This Nike Air Force 1 Sizing Guide uses direct comparison photos where I put my Nike Air Force 1 shoes next to other popular shoes so you can see the difference in sizing and width. After trying these shoes, do Nike Air Force 1 shoes run big or small?

For most people, Air Force 1 shoes run a little bit bigger than normal shoe sizing. When I compared AF1 sizing to other popular shoes, I found the length, on average, to be just a little bit longer than other shoes. In my opinion, the most notable difference is the AF1 has a wider, roomier toe box which can also make the shoe feel bigger than normal shoe sizing. I would suggest you view my side-by-side comparison sizing photos where I compare AF1 sizing to the sizing of other popular shoes. Click here to jump ahead to the men’s side-by-side comparison photos. Click here to jump ahead to the women’s side-by-side comparison photos.

As I mentioned above, the sizing of Air Force 1 shoes runs a little bit longer in length than other types of popular retro athletic shoes. For example, below is a photo of my Air Force 1 shoes (left) compared to New Balance 550 sizing:

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As you can see, the AF1 runs longer, and also has a rounder, wider toe box area.

You can also see the difference in length when you compare the Air Force 1 sizing (left) to the sizing of Nike Air Max 90:

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But there are also popular retro athletic shoes that have a more comparable fit. For example, below is a picture of my AF1 sizing compared to Air Jordan 1’s:

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If you look closely, you can see just a tiny bit of extra length in the AF1 compared to the AJ1, but the overall sizing of these two shoes is similar. The main takeaway is expect the AF1 to fit, on average, a little bit bigger than most other types of shoes.

In the sections below, I will compare the sizing of both men’s and women’s Nike Air Force 1 to the sizing of other popular shoe brands using comparison side-by-side photos. All men’s photos use a size 12 shoe and all women’s photos use a size 7 shoe.

Table of Contents

Men’s Nike Air Force 1 Sizing Photos

Nike Air Force 1 vs Nike Air Max 90 Sizing

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Nike Air Force 1 vs New Balance 997H Sizing

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Nike Air Force 1 vs Air Jordan 1 Sizing

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Nike Air Force 1 vs Nike Dunk Low Sizing

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Nike Air Force 1 vs Saucony Shadow Sizing

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Nike Air Force 1 vs Crocs Sizing

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Nike Air Force 1 vs Adidas 2K Boost Sizing

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Nike Air Force 1 vs Vans Old Skool Sizing

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Nike Air Force 1 vs Adidas Superstar Sizing

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Nike Air Force 1 vs Under Armour Sizing

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Nike Air Force 1 vs Converse Chucks Sizing

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Nike Air Force 1 vs New Balance 550 Sizing

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Nike Air Force 1 Sizing vs New Balance 2002r

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Nike Air Force 1 vs New Balance 990v5 Sizing

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Nike Air Force 1 vs Vans Era Sizing

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Nike Air Force 1 vs Merrell Hydro Moc Sizing

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Nike Air Force 1 (right) vs Air Max Excee Sizing

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Nike Air Force 1 (right) vs Nike Blazer Sizing

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Women’s Nike Air Force 1 Sizing Photos

Women’s Nike Air Force 1 vs Air Max Excee Sizing

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Women’s Nike Air Force 1 vs Air Jordan 1 Sizing

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Women’s Nike Air Force 1 vs New Balance 574 Sizing

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Women’s Nike Air Force 1 vs Nike Dunk Sizing

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Women’s Nike Air Force 1 vs Air Max 1 Sizing

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Women’s Nike Air Force 1 vs Asics Sizing

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Women’s Nike Air Force 1 vs New Balance 880 Sizing

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Women’s Nike Air Force 1 vs Crocs Sizing

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Women’s Nike Air Force 1 vs Hey Dude Sizing

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Women’s Nike Air Force 1 vs Converse Sizing

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Women’s Nike Air Force 1 vs Vans Sizing

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Women’s Nike Air Force 1 Sizing vs New Balance 327

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Women’s Nike Air Force 1 vs Nike Cortez Sizing

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Women’s Nike Air Force 1 vs Under Armour Sizing

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Women’s Nike Air Force 1 vs Adidas Sizing

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Women’s Nike Air Force 1 vs Nike Blazer Sizing

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Are Nike Air Force 1 Shoes Wide or Narrow?

In my experience, Air Force 1 shoes have a regular width through the forefoot, but have a wide, roomy toe box area which can make the shoe feel a bit bigger than other types of shoes.

When you compare the AF1 to certain types of modern athletic shoes, you can see the difference in toe box design. For example, below are my Nike Air Forec 1’s (left) compared to Adidas 2k Boost sizing.

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As you can see, the toe box on the AF1 has a rounder, wider design.

However, don’t expect the AF1 to be the widest design on the market. If you have extra wide feet, you may still need to adjust sizing to accomodate. For example, below is a picture of my Air Force 1 compared to Crocs (which are well-known for having a wide-fit design):

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As you can see, the Crocs have a little bit wider design than the AF1 even though the AF1 is known for having a roomy toe box.

The main takeaway is expect the Nike Air Force 1 to *tilt* towards being wider and roomier than the average shoe, however, there are shoes on the market that have an even wider design. The AF1 falls somewhere in the middle, with most people feeling like it fits wider than average.

Nike Air Force 1 Sizing Conclusion

In my experience, the Nike Air Force 1 shoes fit a little bit larger than normal shoe sizing. When I compared the sizing of Air Force 1’s for both men and women to the sizing of other popular shoes, I found that the Air Force 1 shoes, more often than not, fit a little bit longer in length than other shoes.

Also, AF1 sizing is a little bit wider in the toe box than average shoes, which can also create a feeling that the AF1 runs big. If you prefer a snug design, it may be best to size down a half size. I ordered my normal sizing, and although they fit, they definitely felt roomier than most other types of shoes that I wear.

Paul Johnson

Paul is a lead content creator for Workwear Command. He has had several blue-collar jobs which have provided him a wide range of experience with tools and gear. He also has a business degree and has spent time in business casual office settings.

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