Interviews & Articles
I've participated in countless interviews and articles over the past decades. This archive contains heaps of useful info – plus it gives a glimpse into the life of “Professor Shoelace”.
Feb-2007: Following a lengthy telephone interview, Aaron Rutkoff of the Wall Street Journal wrote a well-rounded article that really captured the spirit of Ian's Shoelace Site.
Jul-2006: Ten-page feature in Sneaker Freaker magazine – and my most detailed article to date. Images from this article have been copied all over the Internet without credit.
Jan-2009: A telephone interview with Dan Koeppel from Runner's World magazine (and a runner himself) resulted in a five-page article mainly about tying running shoes securely.
Aug-2005: A simple interview mainly asking for details about the website, resulting in a nice little article that was even picked up by a couple of other newspapers.
Mar-2005: After being asked about the declining quality of shoelaces, my reply triggered an experiment in which Danish readers were requested to compare their shoelace knots to my Ian Knot.
Apr-2006: Lengthy article highlighting the importance of shoelaces to runners, walkers and hikers. It's also where the pseudonym “Professor Shoelace” first appeared.
Jul-2008: After several listeners phoned in about “aglets” (the tips of shoelaces), the station contacted me to participate – but we ended up discussing knots instead of aglets!
Nov-2006: Lengthy on-air interview during which the host browsed my website and discussed my “Ian Knot”, the “Granny Knot”, lacing methods, aglets and other info that she encountered.
Sep-2007: Detailed interview on the history of my “Ian Knot”, the creation of the website, the addition of various lacing methods and knots, right up to the production of my book, “Laces”.
Oct-2007: My website was originally honored as a “Yahoo! Pick” back in Apr-2004. Three and a half years later, I was interviewed on how my website and the web had evolved since then.
Mar-2008: Light-hearted segment on the Australian TV program “A Current Affair”, discussing lacing methods, shoelace knots and my recently released book, “Laces”.
Oct-2007: A lengthy interview focussed on the clarity of the diagrams in my book and website as well as the complexity (and resulting accuracy) of the shoelace length formulas.
Sep-2007: Broad interview covering the shoe lacing methods and shoelace knots as well as the inspiration and perspiration of getting them onto the website and into a book.
Mar-2008: As part of a series on “Ordinary people with extraordinary jobs”, this on-air interview asked the burning question: Why would anyone create a website and book about shoelaces?
Apr-2007: In this telephone interview, I was asked some deliberately provocative questions, giving the published interview an “edgy” style.
Oct-2007: An interview about shoe lacing methods, from which four popular methods were chosen and featured in a small “How to:” article.
Nov-2007: Interview mainly about the different lacing methods, delving into areas such as fashion versus function plus cultural influences such as the wearer's nationality and age.
Nov-2007: Originally a human-interest story in our local newspaper about my “Ian Knot”, website and book, the story was later picked up by one of Melbourne's major newspapers.
Apr-2008: Interview that delved into whether the type of shoelace and/or the way the shoes are laced may reveal something about the wearer.
May-2008: Interview about the many different shoe lacing methods and their uses, the history and motivation behind the website and the types of questions that I get asked.
Jan-2008: Interview covering shoe lacing methods, shoelace knots and my recently released book, “Laces”.
Aug-2007: This interview focussed on sneaker style trends – about which I'm no expert – but I was able to offer suggestions on ways that shoelaces could be used to make sneakers look trendier.
Jan-2004: A short, tongue-in-cheek debate in which I defend the practice of teaching the skill of shoelace tying in an era of more efficient alternatives like Velcro or zippers.
Apr-2008: Short interview focussed mainly on different lacing methods and how I'd unknowningly been mirroring B-Boy / Hip Hop lacing trends.