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, 2,000 × shoe lacing photos, plus the interactive “Create-a-Lace” for designing your own lacing.
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.
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 almost 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 25-Aug-2008).
Patterned green, grey & white Nike Infiltrators laced with green & white Checkerboard Lacing (from Nik H.)
Checkered lacing is perfectly coordinated with the woven toe section.
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.
13-Oct-2021 – Updated all diagrams and photos for the Better Bow Shoelace Knot to larger, clearer images, plus added feedback from various visitors.
13-Oct-2021 – Updated all diagrams and photos for the Turquoise Turtle Shoelace Knot to larger, clearer images, plus added feedback from various visitors.
12-Oct-2021 – For those who find that my “Ian's Secure Shoelace Knot” comes out wonky I've added a couple of tips for tying this knot neatly.
01-Oct-2021 – Cute Laces is a female owned brand based in California, USA, handcrafting fabric shoelaces with printed designs. Please give them a look!
30-Sep-2021 – Updated all diagrams and photos for the Surgeon's Shoelace Knot to larger, clearer images.
Recent Visitor Feedback
I originally came across your shoelace website when I was around 14, and quickly became known in my friend circles for my colourful, interestingly laced shoe laces, which I would often colour-coordinate with my outfit. I was wearing my 14-eye “1914” black docs those years, so I had a lot of room to work with!
I recently mentioned your site off-the-cuff to a friend, and was surprised to find someone else out in the wild who'd heard of it! So here I am, back again, a decade and half later to up my lacing game!
Rediscovering your website has been a really wholesome experience 😊
– Friday, Sep-2021
thanks so much- your website helped VERY much with straight lacing for dress shoes. . . . . . . and also when I did physical work. . . . my boots came untied constantly. I was doing Granny Knots. Fixed it then did the stronger double loop versions. perfect
– Matthew Z., Sep-2021
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
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