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Ian Knot Testimonials

The following are excerpts from some of the many delightful e-mails that I've received about my Ian Knot. If you'd like to share your experiences, please Contact Ian.



About The Ian Knot Itself

As a long time sailor, I am aware that the three ideal characteristics of a knot are, first, that it does the function required, second, that it is easy to untie, and third, that it is easy to tie. Your shoelace knot seems to do all three.

- John B.

Although the way I make a bow on my shoes also ends up with a fully symmetrical knot, your method was so quick and beautiful that it is strange that no-one has invented it earlier. Or maybe some has, but then it is a mystery that it hasn't spread.

- Stefan E., Sweden

Brilliant! Proof that there is still room for innovation in some of the most ordinary tasks.

- Micah J.

The Ian Knot is a topological masterpiece. It took me less than a minute to learn it. I'm not that fast yet (about 2s), but this is going to be The Knot for the rest of my life.

- Corrado B., Italy

I got a book about knot tying for Christmas two years ago and that knot definitely should've been in there.

- Daniel A.

It reminds me of a pretzel!

- Karen N.

I am a 44 year old professional engineer and father of two, and for all these years I knew that there must be a better way to do tie my shoes.

- Colin C., Hastings, UK

Seriously, why doesn't everyone tie their shoes this way? It's alot easier.

- Stephanie B., FL, USA

I've only been using it for 4-5 days now, but its speediness still gives me a chuckle each time I "tie one on".

- Peter H.

I used the quick knot and once I got the hang of it, boy, is it faster. Of course, I wasn't racing anyone but....

- Carolyn A., Minnesota, USA



Process of Learning the Ian Knot

Tied perfectly, the first time, then I tried to overthink it! Took me three more tries to get right again!

- Drew

I found your website very interesting and was tying the "Ian Knot" in minutes with the actual knot taking a split second.

- Neal B., NT, Australia

Wow, after 3 tries, I could do it in less than a second.

- Charlie F., New Mexico, USA

I've switched over to the Ian Knot. No more "loop around the finger, wrap around the ear, bunny through the hole" for me. Now it's simply Fwoop! and the knot is done.

- Simmon K.

I studied and studied the pictures, and feared it would be too complicated or difficult. All that changed when I got a shoe and actually tried it.

- Mark H., MO, USA

Looked a little confusing. But put the laces and fingers in the starting position and everything just naturally pulled through.

- Dennis M., Alabama, USA

I realize that I must be patient and just keep on doing the knot till the fingers get used to it. I just spent an hour repeatedly tying your knot. I was stunned at the end to realize my fingers had now forgotten how to tie the standard!

- Bob Y., California, USA

"Wow... now THATS nifty!"

Thats what I said when I first did the Ian Knot successfully. It took a few tries, but after a few minutes I had it. That is fast!

- Dylan H., NY, USA

I was working with the explanation and pulled it through thinking this would never work - it's too easy, and wow I was there !!

- Mary M.



Teaching the Ian Knot to Children

My oldest was taught by her first grade teacher, my 2nd child by his older sister! I promised my youngest I would get on the internet and find out how to teach someone to tie their shoes. Within minutes I learned your method and a few minutes more I was able to teach my son. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

- Lisa E., USA

I managed to teach all three of my children in a matter of minutes, and my son is now going to amaze his friends at camp this weekend! The explanation and accompanying photos could not have been more clear.

- Linda

Thanks Ian, my 3 yr old has mastered the Knot and I have encouraged other mums with interested kids to check it out. I had a ball and my team of 15 people enjoyed an activity to see who could do your Ian Knot the fastest!!

- Katrina L., Victoria, Australia

Hey, I was shocked to see how easy and quick it is. I teach physical education at an elementary school and I will be using your method next fall to teach the little ones!

- Tammy L.

My kids think its great now they can tie their laces so fast and not have them come undone 5 minutes later. Your fastest knot should be taught on the national curriculum for schools!

- Kevin L., UK

I tell them that the spy on the left (the thumb) circles front to meet the other "spy" (the R index finger) in the middle (he circled "around the back"). They swap "ropes" and trade places.

- Cindy

... your tying style was easier to teach the little girls I babysit.

- Lauren P.

By the way, the Ian knot is WAY easier to teach the little hands of a kindergartener.

- Irwin C., Alberta, Canada

THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!! I have worked in an elementary school for years and tie shoes all day. I can do it in a flat second now and try to teach the Ian Knot where possible. My 7 year old can do this knot easily and his "Chuck Taylors" stay tied all day.

- Dana R.



Kids With Learning Difficulties

Ian, as a mother of a child with fine motor skills in the 8th percentile and visual motor skills in the 16th percentile, your site was a revelation. Andrew had been working with an occupational therapist for over 6 months on various things, one of them being tying his shoes. Within minutes of studying your flip book and gentle instruction by me, he tied his own shoes. You should have seen how proud he was :)!

- Laura D.

After one or two false starts (that is, my son screaming in frustration), my 12-year old son has mastered the Ian knot. He will still need to practice in order to pick up some speed, but he can do it!!! I even caught him practicing on his own, with no urging.

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My son will soon share your technique with his occupational therapist, thus helping many.

- Lynn C., New York, USA

Yesterday evening my son (age 8) asked me to show him "that super-fast knot". We spent 15 minutes going through the technique and now he uses it as well. The remarkable thing is that he has never really been able to do the standard knot with any kind of consistancy, so mostly he just slipped into or out of his sneakers. Or at least he did so before today. Now he carefully unties his shoes before putting them on so he can tie the bows with the Ian Knot. His primary motivation was to become "the fastest kid at school at tying his own shoelaces".

- Jens K.

My 6 year old son has had difficulties in learning to tie his shoes and it took four tries and 5 minutes to tie your knot - not to mention that it did not come undone all day!

- Allan, Oregon, USA



Showing the Ian Knot to Others

I showed the Ian Knot to my husband last night; you should have seen his face when I pulled it shut. He couldn't belive I tied it that fast. I had to teach him; he thought I had trick shoelaces!

- Lindsey R.

I was at a store buying a Christmas present on Saturday when a young woman saw her untied shoelace and said, "Damn, it never stays tied." I showed her The Ian Knot and sent her to your website for further training. She was cute ... and if I weren't already married, I think the knot would have gotten me a date! (I'm old and ugly; your knot is THAT good.)

- Pete S., USA

My husband mailed me your site (we have been arguing over the best way to tie shoes for years). I'm happy to report that I got your Ian knot on the first try. Geez, I though hubby and I were the only weirdos who worried about shoelace knots :)

- Alicia S., USA

As I write, half of my colleagues have their shoes on their desks.

- Russell C.

Everybody I've shown is, at the least, amazed by the speed of the knot. See they're not expecting much when I tell them there's a new knot around town but then they watch me and I'm done before they can blink.

- Will F., New York, USA

Actually, might send it to eldest son, 15, and daughter 14, since he never undoes his shoes, and she never does hers up.

- Eleanor, Merseyside, UK

I've shown a couple of friends who were of the narrow-minded variety that thought tying a faster knot meant tying the same knot faster. HAH! After losing a few bucks they insisted on a slow demo so they could learn the secret.

- Ian D., British Columbia, Canada

I've been showing my students and colleagues, and they are amazed. I do it fast so they can't really see what I am doing, and you can see this startled look of disbelief on their faces. They give their heads a little shake and usually say "Do it again". I think at first they are expecting the normal tying method, but it goes by so fast they aren't sure what they just saw.

- Ken W., BC, Canada

My wife learned the "Ian" knot from our shoe repair man 5 or 6 years ago. She and I have used it ever since. It's a great knot!

- Richard, OR, USA

I've been using the Ian Knot for a while. It is *so* fast. I use it to amaze children and co-workers alike. Your instructions were very well done and it only took me about five minutes to learn it and a few days to become proficient at it.

- Daniel E.



Age is No Barrier

Where were you when I was 5 and confused, I'm now 44 and have been forever frustrated by knotted laces. At last, a better way, I can't decide to call you my new knot guru or the lace Yoda.

- Gordon, Canada

Forty-two years old and learning how to re-tie my shoes, only on the internet!

- Jake D.

I have been using the Ian Knot for a year or so. I use it on my swimming trunks, my shoes, and my daughter's dresses! It took a while to change my old habit of tying. I'm 47 years old. But I've done it now. The Ian Knot has become the way I tie.

- Russ M.

Its never too late to learn! I'm 80 years old and love progressive thinking like yours.

- Jule K., Illinois, USA

Who would have thought I could relearn a childhood skill at the age of 54.

- Graham M., Ontario, Canada

I converted to the "Ian Knot" 2 years ago, and it works exactly as advertised, a neat invention ! Until I ran a google search on a lark, I was a forty-something guy still tying laces with "bunny ears";

- Mike E., IL, USA

Now that I'm 80 years young I finally found a way to tie my shoe laces in a fast and easy way using your knot. It's now possible to 'Get me to the church on time'.

- Fr. Richard, Georgia, USA.



Personal Testimonials

In the beginning of 1995, a few weeks after I bought my first compatible PC, I found your little program 'IAN-KNOT V 2.0' in a local BBS here in Bremen, Germany (I had no internet then). It fascinated me at the first look. No, not the program but THE KNOT! I learned it immediately and since then I tie my shoelaces using the knot I learned FROM YOU.

- Daniel R., Bremen, Germany

At first, I thought this was a trick that couldn't be done that someone keeps trying for the rest of their life. After a couple minutes, I saw what I was doing wrong and I did it. This is great! It makes me smile every time I tie my shoes now.

- Rob S.

Now, I now look forward to tying up. It's so quick and fun. Can I do it faster this time? I'm such a show off! My wife thinks I am crazy, like a little boy who just learned to tie his shoe.

- Richard B., California, USA

... Ian's Knot really works, I usually buy slip on shoes, or velcro because i don't like tying my shoes, but this is faster! Thanks!

- Brittani B.

Thanks to your knot, I can now wear laced shoes and obtain the respect I deserve while retaining the time-saving qualities of barefootedness.

- Rob, Alabama, USA



Specific Applications of the Ian Knot

Also, being a beginner triathlete, I'll try to use the Ian Knot on T2 (transition #2 - where you change your bike shoes to running shoes and have to tie the laces). I hope I'll shave some seconds off using the Ian Knot!!!

- Gennady S.

I travel through airports frequently and due to hightened security I frequently have to remove and re-tie my shoes. I think your knot will save me some time.

- Jim H., Ohio, USA

I just returned from a vacation to the bahamas and bought a pair of pants that have to be tied in front and back. I tied an Ian knot behind my back!

- Dominique W.



Ian Knot Inspired Poetry

The Ian Knot is really hot
In time, it saves me quite a lot
Congratulations, thus, I send
To Ian Fieggen, wunderkind

- Andrew M.

Ian, your shoe knot!
Your knot has saved me time.
Worthy of Haiku.

- Anonymous

The loose laces got on my nerves day by day
I became a nervous wreck, nearly passed away
Thanks to the Ian Knot
I fortunately I did not
Thank you Ian anyway

- Klemens K.

The above are excerpts from some of the many delightful e-mails that I've received about my Ian Knot. If you'd like to share your experiences, please Contact Ian.


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