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Ian's Shoelace Site - Bringing you the fun, fashion & science of shoelaces
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. Why not take the plunge? Whip out those laces and re-do them to suit your needs or personality.

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!
Ian's Laces App 4.0.0 - Updated to version 4.0.0

Ian's Laces App - Updated to version 4.0.0.

Release date: 13-Jul-2014.

Another major update to Ian's Laces App has just been released! We've spent months getting the app running on all the new devices, added tons of hi-res images, and added new features to make it more powerful and easier to use.

• All new design for IOS7.

• All new support for hi-res devices.

• All new photos of trendy sneakers.

• All new Create-a-Lace variations.

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National Geographic Channel Logo

In Dec-2013, the National Geographic Channel invited me to U.S.A. to participate as one of their experts in a new program called Going Deep With David Rees. The episode in which I appear is titled How to Tie Your Shoes.

What's New?
Added new Ian Knot video Added new Ian Knot video

02-Aug-2014 - Added new tutorial video of my "Ian Knot", which is much slower and much more in-depth.

Added Woven Lacing Added Woven Lacing

27-Jul-2014 - Originally created as an "extreme lacing", this complex, interwoven method looks interesting but is terribly difficult.

Updated Shoelace Length Calculator Updated Shoelace Length Calculator

16-Jul-2014 - Changed shoelace length calculator from PHP script to Javascript. This way, the calculations are performed instantly by the browser instead of having to access the web server for each calculation.

Added new Ian Knot video Added new Ian Knot video

18-Apr-2014 - Added video of super-fast tying of ten pairs of shoes using my "Ian Knot".

Updated Shoelace News Updated Shoelace News

07-Mar-2014 - Added news story of two trucks colliding due to a tangled shoelace.

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Shoe Lacing Photo of the Week
Combination Lacing photo


Black shoes with red trim and black & white combination of Double Sided Lacing and Straight European Lacing (from Dmitry).

This combo creates black 'bars' over white 'zig-zags'.

More Lacing Photos

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U.K.-based store selling shoelaces mainly throughout the U.K. and Europe.

Click to buy shoelaces from Shoe Laces Express (USA)
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U.S.-based store selling shoelaces throughout the United States and shipping world-wide.

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U.S.-based store selling patented elastic shoelaces with collapsible knots.

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Max Laces
Australian-based store selling shoelaces only throughout Australia.