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


Shoe lacing photo high-res repost (originally posted in low-res on 02-Jan-2006.)

Black Converse low-tops with white trim laced with white Display Shoe Lacing (from Nicholas S.)

Another way of wearing shoes with the lace ends hidden.

Black Converse low-tops with white trim laced with white Display Shoe Lacing (from Nicholas S.)

More Shoe Lacing Photos

Latest Video

08-Oct-2020 – Ian's Laces app for Android

This is my first video for some time, showing my Android app that I've been working on for the past few months – Ian's Laces. If you're a perfectionist like me, an app like this is a lot of work, but the end result is something I'm quite proud of!

What's New?

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

17-Apr-2021 – Added 2008 interview on ABC Radio, Melbourne, Australia with host Red Symons, speaking mostly about my “Ian Knot”.

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

27-Mar-2021 – Added news story about shoelaces being used in an extended service station robbery in Zimbabwe.

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

21-Feb-2021 – I'm steadily working my way back through the “Shoe Lacing Photos” gallery, updating all contributions to hi-res (if available). Today sees the completion of all photos from 2019: Photo 2267 to Photo 2364.

Updated “Lug Lacing Methods” Updated “Lug Lacing Methods”

16-Dec-2020 – The photo galleries for each of the 22 × Lug Lacing Methods have been updated to high resolution.

Updated “U-Lace Methods” Updated “U-Lace Methods”

13-Dec-2020 – Simplified all 19 × U-Lace Methods by consolidating the lacing diagram components. Most methods now use only 1/3 as many images and should load more than twice as fast.

Recent Website Feedback

I'm a skate shop in Washington, DC and heavily involved in a number of very large roller derby and beginner skater groups. I'm not sure if you're aware of this, but your site has been NO SHORTAGE of resources for all kinds of skaters around the world for a very long time now. From locking in heels to patterns for wide feet - so many people are having a better experience thanks to your site.

So... thank you!!

– Adrienne S., Washington, DC, USA, Apr-2021

I have no complaints about your site. In fact, I absolutely adore the set up. I want to thank you for this actual beautiful archive of information (paired with videos) that you’ve set up.

– Jack M., Mar-2021

I really like your website, and I can tell you put a lot of effort into it. I don't know where else I could find such practical info about something as important as how to use shoelaces. Of course everybody knows compared to men, women are really wild about shoes. You've really done a great job. I especially like the Lock Lacing method for my left foot. I've got a narrow left heel. It helps keep my sneaker from slipping so much.

– Rhett B., Texas, USA, Mar-2021

I absolutely love your website, and have spent far longer than I should just reading around all the interesting things that there are! Its seriously something I aspire to reach with my own site, and I hope I find something I love in my life as much as you seem to love knots :) I'm sure theres a lifetime's worth of fascinating mathematics and invention behind it all.

You hard work is appreciated.

– Dan W-B., Feb-2021

I spend a lot of time on the internet. Like... a lot. I am of the generation that was one of the first to essentially be “raised” on the Internet. My dad brought home a laptop with Windows 95 and the rest is history.

My partner found your shoelace website a year ago or so, and he’s had a lot of fun experimenting with different shoelace styles. I just wanted to email you and say how much I love and appreciate your “contribution to the Internet”, as you say. It’s positive, fun, exciting, and extremely informative. Thank you for being who you are, and what you do.

– Tessa M., San Francisco, USA, Jan-2021

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: 18-Apr-2021. Copyright © 2003-2021 by Ian W. Fieggen. All rights reserved.

Website created by Ian Fieggen (aka. “Professor Shoelace”), inventor of the Ian Knot.

Ian's Other Websites:
Ian's Shoelace SiteShoelaceIan's Software SiteSoftwareIan's Graphics SiteGraphicsIan Fieggen's SiteIanFieggen Family TreeTree