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. Whether you want to lace shoes, tie shoelaces, stop shoelaces from coming undone, calculate shoelace lengths or even repair aglets, Ian's Shoelace Site has the answer!

You can find out more about this site, or you can dive right in below.

Table of Contents

Lacing Shoes Lacing Shoes

Are all of your shoes, sneakers and boots still laced up the way they were when you bought them? This section presents some of the many fascinating ways of lacing, either for different applications or just for appearances.

Tying Shoelaces Tying Shoelaces

Most people learn how to tie their shoelaces around the age of five. Why then would anyone older than that visit a website about tying shoelaces? Whether you're a parent, teacher, occupational therapist, academic, knot enthusiast, or just after some self-help, there's something for you.

The 'Granny Knot' The "Granny Knot"

Do your shoelace bows sit vertically instead of across the shoe? Do your shoelaces always come undone? If so, you're probably tying a "Granny Knot". Learn how to keep your shoelaces tied by creating a "balanced" knot that sits straight and stays secure.

Shoelace Lengths Shoelace Lengths

The rhetorical question: "How long is a piece of string?" is a serious question when it comes to shoelaces. Too long and the ends can drag or get stepped on. Too short and it can be difficult to tie a knot. This section should help you work out the ideal shoelace length.

Tips of Shoelaces = Aglets Tips of Shoelaces = Aglets

Many people search for shoelace "tips" or "ends" because they want to know the name of the plastic or metal bits at the ends of shoelaces. They're called "Aglets", and you can find out more about them here, including how to repair or replace them.

Shoelace Tips, Hints & Ideas Shoelace Tips, Hints & Ideas

This section contains all sorts of tips, hints and ideas about shoelaces. There's tips for teaching children, tips for sportspeople, tips for the elderly and disabled, plus general tips for everyone.

Shoelace Marketplace Shoelace Marketplace

Looking to buy shoelaces or related items? Ian's Shoelace Site doesn't yet have a web store, but in the marketplace you'll find selected merchants of shoelaces, accessories, gadgets, books (including my own book), as well as my iPhone app, "Ian's Laces".

Charity and Awareness Shoelaces Charity and Awareness Shoelaces

Ever noticed a group of people wearing the same color shoelaces? They're most likely part of a charity fundraiser or awareness campaign. Find out what the different colors represent, or better still, show your support by buying some shoelaces.

Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.) Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)

You'll find the answers to Frequently Asked Questions here, mainly for the benefit of people typing those questions into search engines. It's also worth looking here before you send me a question for which I've already posted an answer.

Shoelaces As Seen In... Shoelaces As Seen In...

Shoelaces are common, useful items that are very much a part of our lives. Here's some "As Seen In..." moments where shoelaces make noteworthy appearances in movies, TV shows, the news, even the Bible.

Shoelace & Knotting Links Shoelace & Knotting Links

Here's some links to other shoelace and knot related websites. Providing links is good "Netiquette", enabling the Internet to effectively become its own index.

Shoe Lacing Photo of the Week

Black PUMA suede shoes with white trim and fluoro green Lattice Lacing (from Ian S)

11-Nov-2018

Black PUMA suede shoes with white trim and fluoro green Lattice Lacing (from Ian S).

Fat laces create a really solid, dense 'mat' of shoelace.

More Shoe Lacing Photos


What's New?

Updated Shoelace As Seen In The News Started posting to Facebook

15-Nov-2018 – My shoelace website existed YEARS before YouTube, Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. I've long embraced YouTube & Twitter, recently joined Instagram, and am just now resuming my Facebook usage (my page was sadly empty). Be patient with me as I learn "how to Facebook"!

Updated Shoelace As Seen In The News Updated Shoelaces As Seen In The News

06-Nov-2018 – All photos can now be clicked to view enlargements.

Also, split page into Recent, Archive 2 and Archive 1.

Updated Shoelace As Seen In The News Updated Shoelaces As Seen In The News

22-Oct-2018 – Added news story about a Connecticut man's personal mission to help clean up the city – by snipping shoelaces.

Updated Shoelace As Seen In The News Updated Shoelaces As Seen In The News

17-Oct-2018 – Added news story about illegal immigrants in U.S. Customs and Border Patrol holding areas, some of whom use creative alternatives for their shoelaces that had been confiscated.

Added Waffle Lacing video Added Waffle Lacing video

07-Oct-2018 – Added YouTube video of Waffle Lacing, in which the shoelaces run two steps forwards, one step back, resulting in a raised square grid like a waffle.

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