Welcome to Ian's Shoelace Site!

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

Lacing Shoes Lacing Shoes

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.

Tying Shoes Tying Shoes

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.

Learn About Shoelaces 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, reviews, Q&As and more.

About 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 With Professor Shoelace 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 This Site Search This Site

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.

Latest Photo

17-Mar-2020 – Shoe Lacing Photo of the Week

Charcoal grey Scarpa climbing shoes with white trim and white Ladder Lacing (from Ola L).

Plenty of eyelets result in wonderfully long ladders.

Charcoal grey Scarpa climbing shoes with white trim and white Ladder Lacing (from Ola L)

More Shoe Lacing Photos

Latest Animation

26-Mar-2020 – Quick Release Ladder Lacing

Animation of my newly added lacing method, Quick Release Ladder Lacing, showing both the “lacing” stage and “tightening” stage.

Quick Release Ladder Lacing animation

Download & share

NOTE: This animation may be downloaded (eg. by long-press or right-click) and shared freely. Be quick and get it while you can!

Latest Video

16-Mar-2020 – Quick Release Ladder Lacing

Added YouTube video of Quick Release Ladder Lacing, which looks similar to regular Ladder Lacing but which allows much faster loosening of tall boots with many eyelets:

What's New?

Updated “Interviews & Articles” Updated “Interviews & Articles”

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.

Added “Quick Release Ladder Lacing” Added “Quick Release Ladder Lacing”

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.

Updated “Shoelaces As Seen In The News” Updated “Shoelaces As Seen In The News”

25-Mar-2020 – Added a news story about a pedestrian who was hit by a car yet showed amazing spirit by asking paramedics to save his prized sneakers – at the expense of his (not-so-prized) shoelaces.

Updated all other photo galleries Updated all other photo galleries

08-Mar-2020 – Following the main photo gallery update, I've similarly updated the galleries on each shoe lacing method's page and on the “Granny Knotting Celebrities” page with layouts that adjust better to different screen sizes.

Updated “Shoe Lacing Photos” Updated “Shoe Lacing Photos”

08-Mar-2020 – The photo gallery now has a compact layout with 100 photos per page, with the photos sorted from newest to oldest. Also added larger “Filter”, “Sort” and “Page Number” buttons for easier access on small screens.

Support Ian


Click to buy U-Lace elastic shoelace segments (USA)
Click to buy tough shoelaces from Ironlace (USA)
Click to buy shoelaces from Big Laces (UK)

This page last updated: 28-Mar-2020. Copyright © 2003-2020 by Ian W. Fieggen. All rights reserved.

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