How To Get Creases Out Of Jordan 1s: Step By Step Guide

If you're trying to work out how to get creases out of Jordan 1s, you've come to the right place.

We've put together a step-by-step guide to talk you through the process, highlighting a few top tips along the way to ensure your best Jordan 1s remain in excellent, uncreased condition.

Unfortunately, sneaker creases are almost inevitable, particularly with leather shoes like the majority of Jordan 1s on the market.

However, we believe you don't have to settle for unwanted ridges and folds in your shoes forever thanks to some highly popular un-creasing techniques detailed below.

So grab your best basketball shoes and follow our guide to removing Jordan 1 creases right here.

How To Get Creases Out Of Jordan 1s

The following technique is what we believe to be the most effective way of removing creases from Jordan 1s based on Nike's recommendations.

We're basing the following on creased leather; however, the technique should work with other materials like nubuck and suede.

Before you begin though, we'd recommend thoroughly cleaning your Jordans to avoid damaging them during the process. Check out our guide to clean Jordan 1s for a few top tips.

What You'll Need:

  • Old newspaper or cardboard inserts
  • Damp cloth
  • Iron

Step 1: Begin by packing out the inside of your Jordan 1s with old newspaper. Alternatively, you can use the original cardboard inserts if you still have them from when you brought your sneakers.

Top Tip: If you have neither to hand, old socks can also be used to stuff your Jordan 1s.

Step 2: Next dampen a cloth, making sure to remove any excess water. A simple washcloth is probably your best option here.

Step 3: Lay the cloth over the creases and turn your iron on to around 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (16–27 °C).

Air Jordan 1 with an orange cloth over the toebox.
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Credit: Nickolas Kim

Step 4: Begin to iron the creases over the cloth in 10-second increments. We'd recommend ironing in a circular motion for the best results.

Step 5: Check the creases in between each round of ironing to see if they're gone and to avoid damaging your sneakers.

Air Jordan 1 toebox uncreased.
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Credit: CjCityTv

Step 6: When you're happy the creases have been removed, turn off your iron, but leave the newspaper in your shoes until they've cooled down.

Step 7: After you're Jordan 1s have cooled, remove the newspaper, then we'd recommend adding shoehorn inserts. You can buy shoehorns dedicated to Jordan 1s like these +Protect guards.

Alternative Ways To Get Creases Out Of Jordan 1s

If you're slightly hesitant about ironing your Jordan 1s, there are a few alternative techniques you can also try.


Steaming is a method we'd advise for leather Jordan 1s as it can be an effective way of removing sneaker creases without using the direct heat of an iron.

Start by stuffing your Jordans with old newspaper and dampening a cloth or towel before removing any excess water.

You'll then want to warm the cloth until it begins to produce steam and use it to rub over the creases of your shoes to warm the leather and remove them.

Once again, leave your sneakers packed with newspaper until they're cool.


If you want to avoid using heat entirely, then we'd suggest regularly conditioning the leather of your Jordan 1s.

Apply a shoe conditioner, like the one featured in this Shoe MGK Cleaner Kit, across the entirety of the uppers; however, we'd recommend spending a little extra time massaging the solution around the creases.

Shoe MGK product image of a grey box containing shoe cleaning products.
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Credit: Shoe MGK

Once you're done, we'd recommend adding in shoehorns or stuffing with old newspaper again to keep the leather taut.

Things to Avoid When Getting Creases Out Of Jordan 1s

As touched on in our guide to cleaning leather shoes, adding any kind of direct heat to your sneakers can cause permanent damage. Therefore, the number one thing we'd recommend is to never apply your iron directly onto your sneakers.

Furthermore, avoid setting your iron to an extremely hot temperature as this may lead to you burning through the cloth and onto your sneakers.

We also suggest you always pack your shoes starting to remove the creases as you want to make sure the material stays taut to prevent yourself from creating new folds in the uppers.

Finally, avoid getting your sneakers soaked from the cloth as too much water can, on occasion, lead to you damaging the adhesive materials.

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