Welcome to Ian's Shoelace Site

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Fun, fashion & science in the Internet's #1 website about shoelaces – and home of the Ian Knot, the world's fastest shoelace knot. If you want to lace shoes, tie shoes or learn about shoelaces – this is the place!

Table of Contents

Lacing (icon) Lacing Shoes

Contains over 100 × step-by-step shoe lacing tutorials, over 2,500 × shoe lacing photos, plus the interactive “Create-a-Lace” for designing your own lacing.

Tying (icon) Tying Shoes

Contains 25 × shoelace knots (including my world's fastest “Ian Knot”), plus info on tying correctly so that they sit straight and stay securely tied – yet can be untied without jamming.

Learn (icon) Learn About Shoelaces

Heaps of knowledge about shoelaces, including their construction, length calculations – even what the tips are called, as well as Ian's interviews, articles, Q&As and more.

About (icon) About

Information about this website and the site's author, Ian Fieggen – including Ian's contact details. Also info on this site's sponsors plus various ways that you, too, can support Ian.

Connect (icon) Connect With Professor Shoelace

Contact Ian Fieggen via e-mail or connect with “Professor Shoelace” via YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Gfycat or RSS feed.

Search (icon) Search This Site

Looking for something? This website has more than 300 pages – which can be daunting to wade through! Search the whole of Ian's Shoelace Site using Google Custom Search.

Latest Photo


Today's shoe lacing photo was contributed by Matt J. in Feb-2019.

Black Skechers sneakers laced with black Locked Double Helix Lacing.

First photo of this lacing method, contributed by the method's creator.

Black Skechers sneakers laced with black Locked Double Helix Lacing (from Matt J.)

More Shoe Lacing Photos

What's New?

Lacing methods (icon) Compact Layouts – Continued

26-Dec-2023 – Rolled out new compact layouts to the Bi-Color Lacing Methods, Lug Lacing Methods and U-Lace Methods pages.

Lacing methods (icon) Compact Layout – Lacing Methods

26-Dec-2023 – Changed “Shoe Lacing Methods” page to a compact layout (for quick visual selection), with a button to switch to detailed layout (showing more info).

Lacing (icon) Another YouTube Milestone

04-Nov-2023 – My video “Criss Cross Lacing 1 Minute How-To” just passed ONE MILLION views on YouTube. I'm pleased that so many people found this video worthwhile!

Lug Lacing Methods updates (icon) “Lug Lacing Methods” updates

12-Jul-2023 – Major update to all “Lug Lacing Methods” to allow taller diagrams, so that methods with five pairs of lugs can be shown in full rather than with a cropped diagram.

Lattice Lacing update (icon) Updated “Lattice Lacing”

12-Jul-2023 – Major update to “Lattice Lacing” to allow diagrams taller than eight eyelet pairs, enabling step-by-step instructions for individual tall lattices or multiple short lattices.

Recent Visitor Feedback

Thanks for making such a great site! You’ve been a resource since I was of 12 years of age!

– Phillip S., São Paulo, Brazil, Apr-2024

I am not a huge sneaker girl ~ I am more of the boots, sandals, heels type ~ but I had surgery last November and don’t have a choice for the time being.

I am very happy to have found your website with so many great lacing options!! Helps me feel more fancy in my sneaks!! The directions are easy to follow and I enjoyed all the pictures others have sent in!! So I thought I’d send you mine. Thanks again for your website!!

– Sara D., Kansas, USA, Mar-2024

First off – hot site! I love the oldschool aesthetic it has!

Secondly – I learned your shoelace knot many years ago from a Youtube video (that, of course, did not credit you), and was astonished by the speed. People around me consider me slightly retarded for wanting to optimize such simple things (noone has taken up my offer to teach them over the years), but I think every second counts!

Thanks a lot for inventing the knot.

– Kaspars V., Latvia, Mar-2024

Thanks Ian,
The whole family enjoyed it and we will share it with others.

– Katy W., Mar-2024

Your website has brought me a lot of joy, and I've had fun sharing knowledge and links with interested friends and family. I love the corset with double helix lacing on my 7-hole shoes and the Ian's secure knot never fails!

– Phillip E., Mar-2024

If you'd also like to send feedback, please Contact Ian.

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This page last updated: 26-May-2024. Copyright © 2003-2024 by Ian W. Fieggen. All rights reserved.

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