Welcome to Ian's Shoelace Site!

Ian's Shoelace Site

Fun, fashion & science in the Internet's #1 website about shoelaces. Whether you want to learn to lace shoes, tie shoelaces, stop shoelaces from coming undone, calculate shoelace lengths or even repair aglets, Ian's Shoelace Site has the answer!

You can find out more about this site, or you can dive right in below.

Table of Contents

Lacing Shoes Lacing Shoes

Are all of your shoes, sneakers and boots still laced up the way they were when you bought them? This section presents some of the many fascinating ways of lacing, either for different functions or just for appearances.

Tying Shoelaces Tying Shoelaces

Most people learn how to tie their shoelaces around the age of five. Why then would anyone older than that visit a web site about tying shoelaces? Whether you're a parent, teacher, occupational therapist, academic, knot enthusiast, or just after some self-help, there's something for you.

The 'Granny Knot' The "Granny Knot"

Do your shoelace bows sit vertically instead of across the shoe? Do your shoelaces always come undone? If so, you're probably tying an un-balanced "Granny Knot", and one simple change to your technique will result in a balanced knot that sits straight and stays secure.

Shoelace Lengths Shoelace Lengths

The rhetorical question: "How long is a piece of string?" is a serious question when it comes to shoelaces. Too long and the ends can drag or get stepped on. Too short and it can be difficult to tie a knot. This section should help you work out the ideal shoelace length.

Tips of Shoelaces = Aglets Tips of Shoelaces = Aglets

Many people search for shoelace "tips" or "ends" because they want to know the name of the plastic or metal bits at the ends of shoelaces. They're called "Aglets", and you can find out more about them here, including how to repair or replace them.

Shoelace Tips, Hints & Ideas Shoelace Tips, Hints & Ideas

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.

Shoelace Marketplace Shoelace Marketplace

Looking to buy shoelaces or related items? Ian's Shoelace Site doesn't yet have a web store, but in the marketplace you'll find selected merchants of shoelaces, accessories, gadgets, books (including my own book), as well as my iPhone app, "Ian's Laces".

Charity and Awareness Shoelaces Charity and Awareness Shoelaces

Ever noticed a group of people wearing the same color shoelaces? They're most likely part of a charity fundraiser or awareness campaign. Find out what the different colors represent, or better still, show your support by buying some shoelaces.

Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.) Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)

You'll find the answers to Frequently Asked 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.

Shoelace News Stories Shoelace News Stories

Shoelaces are common, useful items. Here's some links to recent news stories, where you'll discover some of the good and bad, happy and sad events either caused by or involving shoelaces.

Shoelace & Knotting Links Shoelace & Knotting Links

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

Breaking News

18-Aug-2015 - Began "Mobile-friendly" Website Updates

Ian's Shoelace Site going 'mobile-friendly'

In April 2015, Google announced that more than half of web searches were now being performed via mobile devices. It seems that Internet usage is definitely shifting from desktop computers to mobile devices. It's therefore time to bring Ian's Shoelace Site into the 21st century.

Over the next few weeks, you'll notice the changes as I gradually update each of the website's 180+ pages to a new, modern, mobile-friendly layout. Please be patient with me!

Update Progress

28-Aug-2015: Updated 50 pages out of 181 pages total.

28% Completed

What's New?

Updated Shoelace News Updated Shoelace News

05-Jul-2015 - Added news story of an expensive legal dispute that started when a police officer purchased a 99p pair of shoelaces while on duty.

Updated Shoelace Books Updated Shoelace Books

25-Jun-2015 - Added Shoe Design book by Fashionary, which contains a couple of pages of shoelace information, some of which was sourced from my website.

Professor Shoelace channel on YouTube One million views of my YouTube videos

13-Jun-2015 - This week my videos on YouTube passed one million views! Thanks for watching, folks.

Added Secure Knot video Added Secure Knot video

06-Jun-2015 - Added detailed instructional video (about five minutes) showing the "Ian's Secure Shoelace Knot" and demonstrating how effective it is on some slippery shoelaces.

Updated Ian's Laces App Updated Ian's Laces App

06-Jun-2015 - Ian's Laces App has been updated for IOS8 and for new devices (eg. iPhone 6+). The LITE version is still free but now includes ALL the features of the full app (just with fewer methods).

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Shoe Lacing Photo of the Week

Grey Keds Champions with white trim and white Over Under Lacing (from Art B)

10-Aug-2015

Grey Keds Champions with white trim and white Over Under Lacing (from Art B).

Tapered opening shows progressively more of the 'Under' crossovers.

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