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.

Table of Contents

Shoelace Construction Shoelace Construction

Ever wondered how shoelaces are made, or what's inside? This section explains the various materials, shapes, weaves and other factors that go into the different types of shoelaces.

Shoelace Lengths Shoelace Lengths

The rhetorical question: “How long is a piece of string?” is serious when it comes to shoelaces. Too long and the ends can drag. Too short and they can be difficult to tie. Here's how to figure out the ideal length.

Shoelace Tips (“Aglets”) Shoelace Tips (“Aglets”)

Many people search for shoelace “tips” or “ends” to learn the name of the plastic or metal bits at the ends of the laces. They're called “aglets”, and you can learn more about them here – including how to make them.

Shoelace Reviews Shoelace Reviews

I've probably seen more shoelaces and related devices, gadgets and accessories than anyone else on the planet. Here's some of my genuine reviews of products that I've tested. (Coming soon in 2021)

Interviews & Articles 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”.

Tips & Hints Tips & Hints

This section contains all sorts of tips, hints and ideas about shoelaces. There's tips for teaching children, tips for sportspeople, tips for the elderly and disabled, plus general tips for everyone.

Questions & Answers Questions & Answers

You'll find the answers to various questions here, mainly for the benefit of people typing those questions into search engines. It's also worth looking here before you send me a question for which I've already posted an answer.

Shoelaces As Seen In... Shoelaces As Seen In...

Shoelaces are common, useful items that are very much a part of our lives. Here's some “As Seen In...” moments where shoelaces make noteworthy appearances in movies, TV shows, the news – even the Bible.

Shoelace Links Shoelace Links

Here's some links to other shoelace and knot related websites. Providing links is good “Netiquette”, enabling the Internet to effectively become its own index.

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