Welcome to Ian's Shoelace Site
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, “Ian's Shoelace Site” is the place!
Table of Contents
The most extensive section of this website, including over 100 × step-by-step shoe lacing tutorials, 2,000 × shoe lacing photos, plus the interactive “Create-a-Lace” for designing your own lacing.
Contains 20 × shoelace knots, including my world's fastest “Ian Knot”, plus important info on preventing the “Granny Knot”, which causes shoelaces to sit crooked and come undone.
Heaps of knowledge about shoelaces, including their construction, length calculations – even what the tips are called, as well as Ian's interviews, articles, reviews, Q&As and more.
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.
Contact Ian Fieggen via e-mail or connect with “Professor Shoelace” via YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Gfycat or RSS feed.
Looking for something? This website has more than 250 pages – which can be daunting to wade through! Search the whole of Ian's Shoelace Site using Google Custom Search.
30-May-2020 – Shoe Lacing Photo of the Week
Two distinctly different methods on Ryan's Vans – one bi-color, one single-color.
28-May-2020 – Optimized 69 × Shoe Lacing Methods
During the past month I've been staying indoors – in more ways than one. I've literally been indoors working on the website. I've also figuratively been indoors toiling away at the website's inner workings.
In particular, I've optimized the step-by-step diagrams of all of the Shoe Lacing Methods, compositing the separate images for each step. Most methods now only need to download half as many images, which is much faster & more efficient.
NOTE: This animation may be downloaded (eg. by long-press or right-click) and shared freely. Be quick and get it while you can!
16-Mar-2020 – Quick Release Ladder Lacing
28-May-2020 – I've spent most of May optimizing the step-by-step shoe lacing diagrams, building a library of 700+ composite images (see animation). Each lacing method now loads much faster & more efficiently.
11-May-2020 – First additions to this new section of the website, including details of the types of materials used in shoelaces plus the most common construction method.
05-May-2020 – Added a novel variation of “Ukrainian Lacing” that allows the whole of the lacing to be tightened, including the previously loose top eyelets.
25-Mar-2020 – Uploaded the first additions to my new “Interviews & Articles” section, including my interviews for The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and Sneaker Freaker Magazine.
25-Mar-2020 – To speed up the removal of tall boots with many eyelets, this lacing only needs a couple of simple steps to release the top row, then the rest of the lacing loosens instantly.