Ian Knot Videos

Ian Knot = Ian's Fast Shoelace Knot diagram

My own Ian Knot (yes – I'm the inventor) is the World's Fastest Shoelace Knot. Make a loop with both ends and simultaneously pull them through each other to form an almost instant knot.

14 Videos of the Ian Knot

This page contains one detailed tutorial video for learning my Ian Knot plus thirteen other videos about the knot (from newest to oldest) that I've uploaded over the years.

Ian Knot detailed tutorial

(Aug-2014) – Detailed tutorial video (about five minutes) showing the Ian Knot in depth and with helpful tips for learning the technique. – Recommended!

Ian's Prop Knot

(Dec-2019) – An all-new shoelace knot that's decorative (like a four-bladed “propellor”), functional (it “props” long ends off the ground) and secure (it uses four successive Ian Knots). Amazingly, it still unties easily when needed. It's one of my crazier shoelace knot inventions!

Tie shoes in a split-second (or is it two seconds?)

(Nov-2019) – Timing my Ian Knot ranges from a split-second (if you don't time the starting knot) to around two seconds (the complete knot). This video is in response to countless “two seconds” or “one second” shoe tying videos – most of which don't show the whole method.

Ian Knot tied with gloves on

(Jun-2019) – The Ian Knot is handy for tying shoelaces while wearing gloves because there are fewer complex manipulations. As a bonus, it's also faster.

ONE shoelace knot – SIX different techniques

(Jun-2018) – Fun fact: The standard bowknot – which most people use to tie their shoelaces – can be tied using multiple different techniques. Here I demonstrate SIX methods – including my own Ian Knot, which is by far the fastest.

How to tie the Ian Knot tightly

(Jan-2018) – When first learning the Ian Knot, it's difficult to keep everything tight while tightening the knot. This tutorial video shows a couple of the tricks I've developed over the years for tying the Ian Knot tightly.

History of the Ian Knot

(Dec-2017) – This trip down memory lane shows the many surprising ways in which I've shared my Ian Knot with the world since inventing it 35 years prior.

Ian Knot vs ZeroTie shoes

(Feb-2017) – ZeroTie shoes are touted as “hands-free shoes”. I wanted to test how they stacked up against my Ian Knot, and the folks at ZeroTie were kind enough to send me a pair so I could do a head-to-head comparison video.

Power Laces versus real shoelaces

(Oct-2015) – By 21-Oct-2015, many hoped that “Power Laces”, as seen in the 1980's movie “Back to the Future Part II”, would be a reality. In their absence, I show that existing low-tech shoelaces can at least be tied quickly with my Ian Knot or with magnetic “Zubits”.

Super-fast tying ten pairs of shoes

(Apr-2014) – Is my Ian Knot really the world's fastest shoelace knot? To find out, I tied ten pairs of shoes in quick succession, completing twenty shoelace knots in 24.6 seconds. That's only 1.23 seconds per knot!

One-handed variation of my Ian Knot

(Jan-2013) – The Ian Knot can even be tied with one hand! Though not as blindingly fast as the two-handed Ian Knot, it is hopefully easier than some of the other one-handed shoelace knots.

Ian Knot 30th anniversary

(Jun-2012) – Medium length video (about one minute) made on the 30th anniversary of the Ian Knot, recalling how I invented the knot back on 30-Jun-1982.

Super-efficient shoe tying

(Jun-2012) – Super-short video (about five seconds) showing a shoe tightened and tied in about three seconds using the Ian Knot.

The Ian Knot, the world's fastest shoelace knot

(Mar-2011) – Original instructional video (about three minutes) showing the Ian Knot, the world's fastest shoelace knot, and comparing it to the two other most common (and slower) ways of tying shoelaces.

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This page last updated: 04-Sep-2022. Copyright © 2003-2022 by Ian W. Fieggen. All rights reserved.

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