Welcome to Ian's Shoelace Site

Shoelace Site (icon)

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 – this is the place!

Table of Contents

Lacing (icon) Lacing Shoes

Contains over 100 × step-by-step shoe lacing tutorials, over 2,500 × shoe lacing photos, plus the interactive “Create-a-Lace” for designing your own lacing.

Tying (icon) Tying Shoes

Contains 25 × shoelace knots (including my world's fastest “Ian Knot”), plus info on tying correctly so that they sit straight and stay securely tied – yet can be untied without jamming.

Learn (icon) 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, Q&As and more.

About (icon) 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 (icon) 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 (icon) 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


Today's shoe lacing photo was contributed by Yannis A. in Jul-2020.

Tan Frank Wright suede shoes with dark brown trim laced with tan Lug Criss Cross Lacing.

Shows both the wearer's perspective and the viewer's perspective.

Tan Frank Wright suede shoes with dark brown trim laced with tan Lug Criss Cross Lacing (from Yannis A.)

More Shoe Lacing Photos

What's New?

Lacing methods (icon) Compact Layouts – Continued

26-Dec-2023 – Rolled out new compact layouts to the Bi-Color Lacing Methods, Lug Lacing Methods and U-Lace Methods pages.

Lacing methods (icon) Compact Layout – Lacing Methods

26-Dec-2023 – Changed “Shoe Lacing Methods” page to a compact layout (for quick visual selection), with a button to switch to detailed layout (showing more info).

Lacing (icon) Another YouTube Milestone

04-Nov-2023 – My video “Criss Cross Lacing 1 Minute How-To” just passed ONE MILLION views on YouTube. I'm pleased that so many people found this video worthwhile!

Lug Lacing Methods updates (icon) “Lug Lacing Methods” updates

12-Jul-2023 – Major update to all “Lug Lacing Methods” to allow taller diagrams, so that methods with five pairs of lugs can be shown in full rather than with a cropped diagram.

Lattice Lacing update (icon) Updated “Lattice Lacing”

12-Jul-2023 – Major update to “Lattice Lacing” to allow diagrams taller than eight eyelet pairs, enabling step-by-step instructions for individual tall lattices or multiple short lattices.

Recent Visitor Feedback

I love using your shoelace website every time I get new shoes or try to make old shoes fit better! All the different techniques for lacing you've listed so detailed and with clear instructions, really help a lot! So much so that I have the website perpetually opened in a tab on my phone, haha!

Thank you again for making this wonderful website and helping people find the right lacing techniques and providing other shoe lace info that we didn't know we desperately needed!

– Hillianne L., The Netherlands, Jun-2024

i have been using your site for over a decade. I even showed it to my cousins in italy last i visited and they were fascinated – they loved how you could follow the diagrams on each page without needing any english. thank you for your work!!

– Alex N., Jun-2024

I love your site & always consult it when I get new shoes. Thanks for a great resource!

– Michèle S., California, USA, Jun-2024

I've been doing the Ian (non-secure) shoelace to my shoes for 10 years or more :D

I want to say thank you for introducing such a balanced and easy knot.

– Yuku, Singapore, Jun-2024

I love your website! Oh my gosh I had know idea as to the vast array of shoe lace tying. You've definitely inspired me!

– Julie S., May-2024

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

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This page last updated: 12-Jul-2024. Copyright © 2003-2024 by Ian W. Fieggen. All rights reserved.

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