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 22 × 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 300 pages – which can be daunting to wade through! Search the whole of Ian's Shoelace Site using Google Custom Search.

Latest Photo

28-May-2022

Shoe lacing photo high-res repost (originally posted in low-res on 31-Aug-2011).

White Victory sneakers with patterned blue & black trim laced with argyle black & white Display Shoe Lacing (from Victor K.)

Perfect for posing the sneakers without distracting knots.

White Victory sneakers with patterned blue & black trim laced with argyle black & white Display Shoe Lacing (from Victor K.)

More Shoe Lacing Photos

Latest Video

27-Aug-2021 – Untying shoes without jamming

This is my first video for some time, showing why shoelace knots sometimes jam when untying, plus giving some tips for preventing such jams.

What's New?

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

27-May-2022 – Added news story about an accountacy team's fundraising efforts for cerebral palsy, which included a Supersonic Shoelace Race.

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

18-May-2022 – Added news story about an autistic teenager who reportedly “struggles to tie his own shoelaces” – yet was nonetheless charged with planning acts of terrorism.

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

16-Apr-2022 – Added news story about a woman who was filmed verbally abusing and physically attacking a boy in public for not knowing how to tie his shoelaces.

Updated “Halloween Shoelace Knot” Updated “Halloween Shoelace Knot”

11-Mar-2022 – Updated all diagrams and photos of the Halloween Shoelace Knot to high-resolution, plus added a separate page with feedback from various visitors.

Teacher Christine Jarboe looks on as a first-grader grapples with shoe tying (image: Fairfax County Public Schools) Updated “Shoelaces As Seen In The News”

09-Mar-2022 – Added news story about a school overcoming yet another side-effect of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns, initiating a Shoelace Challenge to motivate their first-graders.

Updated “Boat Shoe Knot” Updated “Boat Shoe Knot”

09-Mar-2022 – Updated all diagrams and photos of the Boat Shoe Knot to high-resolution, plus created a separate page with feedback from various visitors.

Everton manager Frank Lampard and team players with the newly-imposed fines (image: The Sun) Updated “Shoelaces As Seen In The News”

01-Mar-2022 – Added three news stories in which shoelaces caused an incident that turned out well in the end – one involving school staff, one involving a drummer and one involving a soccer player.

Orange M&M character before and after – with laces now tied instead of hanging loose (image: Mars) Updated “Shoelaces As Seen In The News”

26-Feb-2022 – Added two news stories about upping one's shoe-tying game, the first involving singer Taylor Swift, the second involving the M&Ms brand characters.

Man preparing to attack the female victim (image: Twitter @onlyindade) Updated “Shoelaces As Seen In The News”

26-Feb-2022 – Added two related news stories from Jan-2022 about a man who tried to strangle a woman at a bus stop using a shoelace.

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

26-Jan-2022 – Added two news stories from Dec-2021 – one about a school being sued after using a shoelace on a child, the other about a teenager being applauded after using a shoelace on his mother.

Recent Visitor Feedback

I see you've been maintaining your site for a long time. It reminds me a lot of the fun, helpful content that was available on the Internet when the World Wide Web was just getting started and it was more about people working on their passion projects.

– Olaf A., May-2022

You are good at what you do, you provide good things for what you do, and I can't find a better resource for catalogued ways to tie shoelaces anywhere on the internet. I didnt even know about the NASA space boot knot until your website, and it's quickly become my favorite to use.

– Damien, Georgia, USA, Apr-2022

Oh my God I found your site again! I thought I lost it forever when my computer fried six years ago. I'm glad you're still around! I have a bunch of nieces and nephews to send this site to now lol.

– Robert W., Mar-2022

Hey Ian! I’ve used your website since I was a teenager, I’m now in my 30s. Thank you so much for maintaining this incredible resource, and keeping the design as is. Every time I visit your website, I have a huge smile on my face. Cheers mate.

– Karim Y., Mar-2022

I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your site, it’s very informative and easy to navigate. Truth be told I’m still learning most of the knots.

– Joseph H., Feb-2022

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

Support Ian

Sponsors

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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)
Click to buy handmade shoelaces from Cute Laces (USA)

This page last updated: 28-May-2022. Copyright © 2003-2022 by Ian W. Fieggen. All rights reserved.

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