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 22 × 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 almost 300 pages – which can be daunting to wade through! Search the whole of Ian's Shoelace Site using Google Custom Search.

Latest Photo

27-Jan-2022

Shoe lacing photo high-res repost (originally posted in low-res on 23-Jan-2010).

Black boots laced with red & black Loop Back Lacing (from Tyler).

The “D-rings” on these boots act the same way as eyelets.

Black boots laced with red & black Loop Back Lacing (from Tyler)

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”

26-Jan-2022 – Added two news stories from Dec-2021 – one about a school being sued after using a shoelace on a child, the other about a teenager being applauded after using a shoelace on his mother.

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

23-Jan-2022 – Added another news story from Nov-2021 – this one about a spectacular soccer goal being scored despite being kicked upside down and with an untied shoelace!

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

22-Jan-2022 – Added two news stories from Nov-2021 – both crimes involving shoelaces. In one, a woman bizarrely stole shoelaces from a shooting victim, while in the other, shoelaces were used to tie up a victim.

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

19-Jan-2022 – Added two news stories from Oct-2021 about tennis player Andy Murray's tennis shoes – with his wedding ring attached to the shoelaces – firstly going missing and then being recovered.

Updated “Loop the Loop Shoelace Knot” Updated “Loop the Loop Shoelace Knot”

14-Dec-2021 – Updated all diagrams and photos of the Loop the Loop Shoelace Knot to high-resolution, plus added a separate page with feedback from various visitors.

Updated “Two Stage Shoelace Knot” Updated “Two Stage Shoelace Knot”

12-Dec-2021 – Updated all diagrams and photos of the Two Stage Shoelace Knot to high-resolution – including extra diagrams that more clearly show the second stage, plus added a separate page with feedback from various visitors.

Updated “Mega Ian Knot” Updated “Mega Ian Knot”

09-Dec-2021 – Updated all diagrams and photos of the Mega Ian Knot to high-resolution, plus created a separate page with feedback from various visitors.

Recent Visitor Feedback

You have such a wonderful and useful site. For the last 5+ years I've been coming to your site every time I get a new pair of shoes. I get custom made converse all stars that need fun lacing. I'm happy to show my appreciation in some small way. I hope your site stays up for a long time, it's very useful.

– Adnan C., Nov-2021

First of all, i wanna say thank you for taking your time and make such a nice site and a youtube tube channel for this, i really like to spend time learning new methods and making in my boots.

– Jorge I., Brazil, Nov-2021

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

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

Support Ian

Sponsors

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This page last updated: 27-Jan-2022. Copyright © 2003-2022 by Ian W. Fieggen. All rights reserved.

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