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, 2,500 × shoe lacing photos, plus the interactive “Create-a-Lace” for designing your own lacing.
Contains 25 × 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 300 pages – which can be daunting to wade through! Search the whole of Ian's Shoelace Site using Google Custom Search.
Shoe lacing photo high-res repost (originally posted in low-res on 17-Mar-2016).
Black boots laced with black Ladder Lacing (from Jeff B.)
Tall boots with nine eyelet pairs create very distinctive ladders.
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.
15-Sep-2022 – Added news story about a rugby player player's 90-metre run to score a try – despite a broken shoelace.
11-Sep-2022 – Added news story about a homemade scooter seized by police thanks partly to the use of shoelaces in its construction.
15-Aug-2022 – Added a step-by-step tutorial for tying Ian's Starting Knot, which is a fast way to tie the foundation of most shoelace knots.
16-Jul-2022 – Updated all diagrams and photos of the Double Starting Knot to high-resolution, plus added a separate page with feedback from several visitors.
06-Jul-2022 – Updated all diagrams and photos of the Starting Knot to high-resolution, plus added a separate page with feedback from several visitors.
01-Jul-2022 – Updated all diagrams and photos of the Crossed Ian Knot to high-resolution, plus added feedback from a couple of visitors.
Recent Visitor Feedback
I started using your site back in 2003, as a 13 year old who wanted to look cool and impress their friends. Today I am now an adult in my 30s and using your site, although now it's because I want ways to tie my shoes for maximum support rather than fashion. I don't visit the site regularly but any time in the last 20 years that I've needed a new way to tie shoes I have known exactly where to go. Thank you.
- Sarah G., Pennsylvania, USA, Nov-2022
I've used your website to relace every pair of shoes I've bought since I was 15 - I'm 32 now!
The donation isn't much but I wanted to show a bit of appreciation for the only website I've had bookmarked for most of my life!
– Nathan D., UK, Jul-2022
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
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