Ian Knot Videos

This page contains a detailed tutorial video for learning my Ian Knot, the world's fastest shoelace knot, plus thirteen other “Ian Knot” or related videos (from newest to oldest) that I've uploaded over the years.

Ian Knot detailed tutorial

(Aug-2014) – Detailed tutorial video (about five minutes) showing the Ian Knot in depth and with helpful tips for learning the technique. – Recommended!

Ian's Prop Knot

(Dec-2019) – Tying four successive “Ian Knots” in a particular sequence creates a massive shoelace knot, which is decorative (like a four bladed “propellor”), functional (it “props” long ends off the ground) and secure (due to the multiple knots). Amazingly, it still unties easily when needed. It's one of my crazier shoelace knot inventions!

Tie shoes in a split-second (or is it two seconds?)

(Nov-2019) – There are countless “two seconds” or “one second” shoe tying videos – most of which don't show the whole method. My own times using my Ian Knot range from a split second (skipping the starting knot) to around two seconds (the complete knot).

Ian Knot tied with gloves on

(Jun-2019) – Besides being the world's fastest shoelace knot, the Ian Knot is also handy for tying shoelaces while wearing gloves – mainly because there are fewer complex manipulations.

ONE shoelace knot – SIX different techniques

(Jun-2018) – Fun fact: The standard bowknot – which most people use to tie their shoelaces – can be tied using multiple different techniques. Here I demonstrate SIX methods – including my own Ian Knot, which is by far the fastest.

How to tie the Ian Knot tightly

(Jan-2018) – When first learning the Ian Knot, it's difficult to keep everything tight while tightening the knot. This tutorial video shows a couple of the tricks I've developed over the years for tying the “Ian Knot” tightly.

History of the Ian Knot

(Dec-2017) – This trip down memory lane shows the many surprising ways in which I've shared my Ian Knot with the world since inventing it 35 years prior.

Ian Knot vs ZeroTie shoes

(Feb-2017) – ZeroTie shoes are touted as “hands-free shoes”. I wanted to test how they stacked up against my Ian Knot, and the folks at ZeroTie were kind enough to send me a pair so I could do a head-to-head comparison video.

Power Laces versus real shoelaces

(Oct-2015) – By 21-Oct-2015, many hoped that “Power Laces”, as seen in the 1980's movie “Back to the Future Part II”, would be a reality. In their absence, I show that existing low-tech shoelaces can at least be tied quickly with my Ian Knot or with magnetic “Zubits”.

Super-fast tying ten pairs of shoes

(Apr-2014) – Is my Ian Knot really the world's fastest shoelace knot? To find out, I tied ten pairs of shoes in quick succession, completing twenty shoelace knots in 24.6 seconds. That's only 1.23 seconds per knot!

One-handed variation of my Ian Knot

(Jan-2013) – The Ian Knot can even be tied with one hand! Though not as blindingly fast as the two-handed “Ian Knot”, it is hopefully easier than some of the other one-handed shoelace knots.

Ian Knot 30th anniversary

(Jun-2012) – Medium length video (about one minute) made on the 30th anniversary of the Ian Knot, recalling how I invented the knot back on 30-Jun-1982.

Super-efficient shoe tying

(Jun-2012) – Super-short video (about five seconds) showing a shoe tightened and tied in about three seconds using the Ian Knot.

The “Ian Knot”, the world's fastest shoelace knot

(Mar-2011) – Original instructional video (about three minutes) showing the Ian Knot, the world's fastest shoelace knot, and comparing it to the two other most common (and slower) ways of tying shoelaces.

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