Ian Fieggen (aka 'Professor Shoelace') Ian's Shoelace Site Ian's Shoelace Knot
Ian's Shoelace Site - Bringing you the fun, fashion & science of shoelaces
About Ian's Shoelace Site

Who would have thought that there was so much technical knowledge and creativity tied up in SHOELACES? Most people figure they learned all they needed to know about shoelaces in kindergarten!

Ian's Shoelace Site contains all sorts of shoelace information, some of it useful, some just for fun. If you wear shoes with laces (or anything else that does up with laces), you're bound to find something here that they don't teach in kindergarten.



World's Number 1

This site is always easy to find! Search for shoelace (or anything related) in any major search engine to find Ian's Shoelace Site at or near the top of the list.

Ranked Number 1 Shoelace Site in Google Ranked Number 1 Shoelace Site in Yahoo! Ranked Number 1 Shoelace Site in Bing

Ranked #1 in Google, #1 in Yahoo and #1 in Bing when last checked 19-Jul-2014.



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The Original

Ian's Shoelace Site has been on the Internet since May 2000. In the decade since, many other sites have copied portions of this site, particularly the popular Shoe Lacing Methods. While there have been many legitimate articles and collaborations, there have also been many blatant copies of my website that have ripped off my diagrams and instructions without permission:

Copy-cat web site 1 with Ian's images Copy-cat web site 2 with Ian's images Copy-cat web site 3 with Ian's images

If you see another website with shoe lacing methods, chances are they originated from Ian's Shoelace Site, the original (and the best!)



Who's Visiting?

Ian's Shoelace Site currently receives around 9,000 daily visitors, with occasional peaks of over 50,000 per day.

Visitors to Ian's Shoelace Site, Mar-2014

So who are all these visitors?

  • Fashion conscious shoe enthusiasts looking for creative lacing methods.
  • Parents & teachers looking for early learning materials.
  • Kids looking for alternatives, better explanations or additional guidance.
  • Adults looking for self-help, either through having never learned to tie their shoes correctly as a child or due to increasing infirmity.
  • Occupational therapists looking for alternative knots to suit different levels of ability or different learning styles.
  • Academics & lateral thinkers looking for more efficient methods.
  • Knot enthusiasts & Scout masters looking for a reference on shoelace knots.
  • Sportspeople looking for specific solutions or a competitive edge.
  • Anyone looking for technical advice (eg. shoelace lengths).

In other words, Ian's Shoelace Site is for everyone: men & women, young & old, able bodied & disabled, with all sorts of backgrounds and from all over the world.



What Others Are Saying
Besides being discussed on countless web sites, forums and blogs, Ian's Shoelace Site has been featured in many prestigious newspapers and magazines from around the world as well as on television and radio. Here's what some of them had to say:
National Geographic Channel Logo

In Dec-2013, the National Geographic Channel invited me to U.S.A. to participate as one of their experts in a new program called Going Deep With David Rees. The episode in which I'm appearing is titled How to Tie Your Shoes.

The show screened in U.S.A. on Mon 14-Jul-2014 at 10:30pm Eastern Time, and will be re-screening on Fri 18-Jul-2014 at 10:30pm Eastern Time. I'm not sure when it will be screening in other areas/countries. If you receive the National Geographic Channel and would like to catch the program, please check your local guide.

Spiegel Online Logo

"Der 46-jährige Programmierer analysiert nach eigener Aussage seit 1982 verschiedene Methoden zum Binden von Schuhschleifen, betreut die wohl umfangreichste Website zum Thema und hat eins der Standardwerke zum Thema veröffentlicht ("Laces: 100s of Ways to Pimp Your Kicks")."

(Translation): "The 46-year-old programmer has, since 1982, analyzed different methods for tying shoes, created the most comprehensive website on the topic and has published one of the standard works on the topic ("Laces: 100s of Ways to Pimp Your Kicks")."

Konrad Lischka, Spiegel Online (Germany), 07-Mar-2009

Runner's World Logo

"This is one of those seemingly trivial stories that could actually change your life. It's about a man who has a noble quest: to revolutionize how the world laces its shoes. Go ahead, laugh - but there's a good chance you're tying them wrong."

Dan Koeppel, Runner's World magazine (USA), Jan-2009

BBC Click Logo

"This is a simple yet brilliant website where the content is king. The guy featured, Ian, seriously knows how to tie his shoe laces in every which way you can think of."

Kate Russell, Click program, BBC News (UK), 29-Aug-2008

ABC Radio Melbourne Logo

"It's worth a look, it's good, it's fun."

Red Symons, ABC Radio Melbourne (Australia), 18-Jul-2008

A Current Affair Logo

"He calls himself Professor Shoelace, and yes, he is a world wide authority on the tying of shoelaces."

Brady Halls, A Current Affair (Australia), 21-Mar-2008

Goodyblog Logo

"But Fieggen's also got an amazing website on which he shares how-tos and other great tips, like how to avoid the "Granny Knot" (a knot that always seems to come undone)."

Taryn Jedlicka, goodyblog.com (USA), 19-Oct-2007
(site for Parents magazine)

Men.Style.com Logo

"Shoelace purists - and you know who you are - will be pleased to know that all the flyest methods, from the Double Helix to the Checkerboard to the Spider Web ... (plus 100s more), are included, with illustrations."

Ben Goldstein, men.style.com (USA), 17-Oct-2007
(site for DETAILS and GQ magazines)

Yahoo! Picks Logo

"Ian wasn't on the Web from the very beginning, but he found his way there pretty fast. He pitched his first page online in 2000. In 2003, he expanded to a full-fledged website. Now, seven years later, he continues to build and polish what has become one of the world's foremost collections of information, advice, and trivia about shoelaces."

Yahoo! Picks Profiles (USA), 10-Oct-2007

FAZ Logo

"Dabei schlummert hier ein ungeahntes Potential für modische Abwechslung. Ein kleiner Streifzug durch die Schnürsenkelkunde."

(Translation): "Here's an unrealised potential for fashion variations. A short stroll through the world of shoelaces."

Jochen Reinecke, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Germany), 17-Jun-2007

Esquire Logo

"He's Knot Crazy."

"Meet Ian Fieggen, the world's preeminent shoelace expert."

James Carlson, Esquire.com, 05-Apr-2007

The Wall Street Journal Logo

"After analyzing his daily shoelace routine, prompted by a 1982 broken-lace incident, Mr. Fieggen uncovered what he believes is the fastest method for tying laces. Ian's Shoelace Site is the comprehensive online resource born out of that quarter-century-old epiphany."

Aaron Rutkoff, The Wall Street Journal, 06-Feb-2007

Entertainment Weekly Logo

"Yet I am still endlessly fascinated by Ian's Shoelace Site, an astonishing repository of all that you could ever want to know about said topic."

Wook Kim, Entertainment Weekly, 25-Jan-2007

Adobe Design Center Logo

"I went back and visited Ian's site several times and it took me a while to understand why I found this site so interesting and compelling. It wasn't because I was fascinated by knots or shoelaces. I finally decided that what I love about this site is it is an excellent example of instructional design. It is excellent because Ian offers his instruction in several different ways to appeal to people with different learning styles."

Luanne Seymour, Adobe Design Center, 18-Oct-2006

Sneaker Freaker Logo

"Recently however, we were introduced to Ian Fieggen (aka Professor Shoelace) and were humbled by his academic knowledge of this black art. The prof has created, without doubt, the best shoelace website in the universe."

Simon Woods, Sneaker Freaker Magazine, Issue 8, 27-Jul-2006

Toronto Star Logo

"Ian's Shoelace Site ... is the Internet's foremost resource for shoelace information, and most importantly, knot-tying techniques. The shoe-wearing world is better for it."

Christopher Hutsul, The Toronto Star (Canada), 09-Apr-2006

Make Magazine Logo

"The only shoelace tying resource you'll ever need."

Phillip Torrone, Make Magazine blog, 05-Apr-2006

The Washington Post Logo

"... his Web site devoted to untangling the singular subject of shoelaces. And how:"

Justin Rude, Washington Post (USA), 21-Aug-2005

The Guardian Logo

"This should be on the national curriculum, all parents should know the secret. I want it broadcast on TV. Who said everything you need to know, you learn in kindergarten? Only if your teacher has discovered Ian's Shoelace Site."

Liz Todd, The Guardian (UK), 05-Apr-2005

Yahoo! Picks Logo

"While the subject matter may seem mundane, Ian's obvious enthusiasm for knots and laces makes this site an absolute kick."

Yahoo! Pick, 20-Mar-2004,
Yahoo! Top Picks of 2004

USA Today Logo

"Proprietor Ian has an interesting, super-simple method for tying shoes, but if it's complexity you're after, he knows lots of ways to get yourself all knotted up."

Hot Site, USA Today, 15-Mar-2004



Site History
Inspiration:

Ian's Shoelace Site first came about because of the innocent perception of shoelaces, which most people regarded as "kindergarten knowledge". Because of this, no-one had bothered to publish any serious information about them, which I discovered first hand when I searched the Internet on the topic.


May-2000:

As discussed in more detail on my Ian Knot History page, I began by adding a single shoelace page to my existing web site. This contained my Ian Knot, the World's Fastest Shoelace Knot, plus the two other most common shoelace knots for comparison.

Jan-2003:

In the next major change, I expanded that single page into a multi-paged "Ian's Shoelace Site". This provided the framework into which I added other known Shoelace Knots, Lacing Methods and other related info.


Jul-2005:

Ian's Shoelace Site saw its one millionth visit!


Dec-2005:

After five years of providing the site free of charge and free of advertising, the site's layout was changed to create space into which sponsors' advertisements could be included. Hopefully this will allow me to continue providing this site freely for the thousands of daily visitors despite the steadily rising hosting costs.


May-2009:

Ian's Shoelace Site saw its ten millionth visit. (that's 10,000,000).


Apr-2013:

Ian's Shoelace Site saw its 25 MILLIONTH VISIT! (that's 25,000,000)!



Site Content
What Sort Of Site?

Ian's Shoelace Site is not a commercial site! I'm not selling shoelaces or footwear or anything else. It's basically a hobby site, through which I'm trying to contribute something worthwhile to the Internet.


What Sort Of Content Does It Contain?

Most of this site's content could be considered "Educational", "Instructional", or "Self-Help". It's a mixture of traditional knowledge and original concepts, some of it well known, some of it quite obscure.


Where Has The Content Come From?

Much of the content has been compiled through years of research in libraries, magazines and over the Internet. Some of it (such as my own knots and numerous lacing patterns) have been invented by myself, though sometimes these have turned out to be be re-inventions of existing lesser-known methods. I have drawn most of the diagrams, taken most of the photographs, given names to many of the knots and lacing patterns or chosen the most appropriate names when there has been more than one conflicting name. Many other ideas and suggestions are due to Feedback from site visitors, who have also contributed numerous methods, tips and photos.


Is The Content "Kid Safe"?

Although my site is not specifically targeted at kids and therefore contains fairly difficult words, I believe that all the content of my shoelace site is safe for kids. In other words, it's partly "Kid Friendly", but totally "Kid Safe". It contains no coarse language, contains no "adult references", is non-explicit, is not defamatory or offensive - you get the general idea! I'm not infallible, so please Contact Me if you find anything that you consider would best be changed or removed to make this site more "Kid Safe".


Who Owns The Content?

The contents of this site are Copyright © 2000-2014 by Ian W. Fieggen. I reserve the rights to all content, including writing, text, images, sounds, videos, coding, programming, scripts, etc. contained on this site.


Who Can Re-Use The Content?

Generally, I'm pretty agreeable to others passing on this knowledge by using portions of the content of this site provided that you simply credit Ian's Shoelace Site as the source or or myself (Ian Fieggen) as the author. Obviously, you're welcome to print a page or two from this site to show to someone else! Should you wish to reproduce or otherwise make use of portions in your own derivative works, such as in books, magazines, etc, please Contact Me first to obtain written permission. For example, many people have been given permission to use my shoelace knot diagrams rather than drawing their own.


What About Linking To The Content?

Should you wish to link from your own web page to either specific content or pages of this site, please see my Linking to this Site page, which gives details on Why to Link, How to Link, How NOT to Link, Where to Link, Reciprocal Links, etc.



Browse Safely
Cookies? Web bugs? Tracking Code? Flash? Pop-Ups?

I've tried to keep Ian's Shoelace Site as simple and straightforward as possible, and have kept it free of the sort of nonsense used by many other web sites:

  • NO cookies, web bugs or other forms of tracking;
  • NO memory-hogging Flash animations;
  • NO invasive or dangerous scripts;
  • NO annoying pop-ups.

These sorts of things are often the cause of both user frustration and browser problems, and can range from annoying to downright dangerous. I don't like them, I consider them unwarranted, and I do NOT use them on my site!

In short, you should be able to browse this web site in complete confidence.



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