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 21 × 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 260 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 14-May-2008).

Patterned black & white DVS Monuments with red trim laced with red & black Double Lacing (from Malcolm S.)

Slight variation at the bottom forms a red “X”.

Patterned black & white DVS Monuments with red trim laced with red & black Double Lacing (from Malcolm S.)

More Shoe Lacing Photos

Latest Video

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.

What's New?

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

19-Sep-2021 – Added news story about a soccer player being caught short while tying his shoes – but nonetheless making a successful tap in for goal with his shoelaces undone.

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

01-Sep-2021 – Added 2008 interview with Yweekend (China) about shoe lacing methods, the history and motivation behind the website and the types of questions that I get asked.

Updated “Ian's Secure Knot” Updated “Ian's Secure Knot”

01-Sep-2021 – Updated all diagrams and photos for the Ian's Secure Shoelace Knot to larger, clearer images.

New “Untying Shoes” page New “Untying Shoes” page

27-Aug-2021 – I've had an “Untying Shoes” placeholder page on the website since 2020. Today, I've finally replaced that with the finished page.

Updated “Ian Knot” gallery Updated “Ian Knot” gallery

22-Aug-2021 – Added several photos and video captures to the Ian Knot gallery, including one from the knot's 30th anniversary video in 2012.

Recent Visitor Feedback

hey ian i think your website is super cool and way helpful. the navigation is really easy and i’m glad i found your website

– Maria F., Aug-2021

I’d like to thank you for creating and maintaining your shoelace website. I have referenced (and recommended) it countless times over the years and love experimenting with all the different lacing methods.

– Courtney B., Jul-2021

THANK YOU! Your Shoelace Site is amazing! Indispensable when reusing my short shoelaces on higher shoes, & now again as my German boyfriend gave me a pair of Lederhosen with laces that were too long! I love the clear explanations!

– Michelle G., Jul-2021

I just discovered your website which I find super useful and unique. Your knowledge base is huge and your teaching methods are wonderful. You make excellent easy-to-follow drawings and descriptions that allow me to understand how to tie a shoelace knot in 2 minutes instead of sitting through a 10-20 video for the same result. I hope your related sales are doing very well and are rewarding your hard work.

– Murray M., Canada, Jul-2021

I am loving the info on your page. Thanks so much for putting it all together. I am now wearing sneakers due to a foot injury so your lacing ideas and information has given me a whole new appreciation of shoelaces.

– Jayne S., Adelaide, SA, Australia, Jul-2021

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

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This page last updated: 27-Sep-2021. Copyright © 2003-2021 by Ian W. Fieggen. All rights reserved.

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

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