Ian's Secure Shoelace Knot

Ian's Secure Shoelace Knot diagram

Also known as the “Double Slip Knot”, this is a secure shoelace knot with a simple, symmetrical method of tying. Cross two loops and pass them both through the “hole” in the middle. This is a shoelace knot that won't come undone on its own!

Step 1:

Begin with regular “Starting Knot”

Begin with a regular Left-over-Right Starting Knot.

Step 2:

Fold both lace ends into “loops”

Make both ends into “loops” by simply doubling them back onto themselves. People often refer to these as “Bunny Ears”.

Step 3:

Cross right (blue) loop over left (yellow)

Cross the right (blue) loop over the left (yellow) loop so that the blue loop sits in front and is now the left loop.

Step 4:

Wrap right (yellow) loop around to front

The yellow loop is now the right loop. Begin to wrap that loop around the left (blue) loop to end up in front.

Up to this point, the knot is exactly the same as the Two Loop Shoelace Knot.

Step 5:

Wrap left (blue) loop around to back

At the same time, begin to wrap the left (blue) loop around the back. You will end up with the ends of both loops on opposite sides of the “hole” in the middle.

Step 6:

Feed both loops through the “hole”

Feed both ends of the loops through the hole in the middle. The left (blue) loop comes out the front and the right (yellow) loop goes out the back.

Step 7:

Pull tight to complete the knot

Now, simply pull the loops to tighten the knot. The whole twisted mess of the previous drawing will rearrange itself into a neat finished knot.

Finished Knot

Finished Ian's Secure Shoelace Knot

The finished Ian's Secure Shoelace Knot should be a tight, closed knot with a symmetrical double wrap around the middle, as compared to the single wrap of simpler shoelace knots.

NOTE: If your finished knot looks uneven or twisted, it may easily be “worked” into a neat result as follows: Pull on the loose ends slightly as though untying the laces. This will bring the outer wraps of the knot together. Then, pull on the loops once again to re-tighten the knot, which will neaten up the inner parts.

How Much More Secure?

My own testing shows that the Ian's Secure Shoelace Knot needs almost twice the tension to pull it undone than either the Ian Knot or any Standard Shoelace Knot. See my Technical Info page for more details.

This extra security is fast becoming indispensable as more and more shoes nowadays are sold with round, slippery laces. It's also great for people who are very active on their feet, such as when playing serious sports, mountain climbing or even dancing, as well as for yachties whose boat shoes are constantly getting wet. See my Feedback page to read some of the varied benefits that others have discovered.

NOTE: For normal activities, the Ian Knot or other standard knots should be quite secure. I believe that many people seek more secure knots because they are, without realizing, tying their shoelaces with an un-balanced “Granny Knot”. Please see my Granny Knot page that discusses this in detail.

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