Welcome to Ian's Shoelace Site

Ian's Shoelace Site

Fun, fashion & science in the Internet's #1 website about shoelaces – and home of the Ian Knot, the world's fastest shoelace knot. If you want to lace shoes, tie shoes or learn about shoelaces, “Ian's Shoelace Site” is the place!

Table of Contents

Lacing Shoes Lacing Shoes

The most extensive section of this website, including over 100 × step-by-step shoe lacing tutorials, 2,000 × shoe lacing photos, plus the interactive “Create-a-Lace” for designing your own lacing.

Tying Shoes Tying Shoes

Contains 20 × shoelace knots, including my world's fastest “Ian Knot”, plus important info on preventing the “Granny Knot”, which causes shoelaces to sit crooked and come undone.

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.

About About

Information about this website and the site's author, Ian Fieggen – including Ian's contact details. Also info on this site's sponsors plus various ways that you, too, can support Ian.

Connect With Professor Shoelace Connect With Professor Shoelace

Contact Ian Fieggen via e-mail or connect with “Professor Shoelace” via YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Gfycat or RSS feed.

Search This Site Search This Site

Looking for something? This website has more than 250 pages – which can be daunting to wade through! Search the whole of Ian's Shoelace Site using Google Custom Search.

Latest Photo

02-Feb-2021 – Shoe Lacing Photo of the Week

Black Adidas Shelltoes with white trim laced with pink Zig Zag Lacing (from Jen S).

Jen commented that this lacing made her new Adidas look “amazingly dope”.

Black Adidas Shelltoes with white trim laced with pink Zig Zag Lacing (from Jen S)

More Shoe Lacing Photos

Latest Video

08-Oct-2020 – Ian's Laces app for Android

This is my first video for some time, showing my Android app that I've been working on for the past few months – Ian's Laces. If you're a perfectionist like me, an app like this is a lot of work, but the end result is something I'm quite proud of!

What's New?

Updated Shoe Lacing Photos Updated Shoe Lacing Photos

21-Feb-2021 – I'm steadily working my way back through the “Shoe Lacing Photos” gallery, updating all contributions to hi-res (if available). Today sees the completion of all photos from 2019: Photo 2267 to Photo 2364.

Updated all Lug Lacing Methods Updated all Lug Lacing Methods

16-Dec-2020 – The photo galleries for each of the 22 × Lug Lacing Methods have been updated to high resolution.

Updated all U-Lace Methods Updated all U-Lace Methods

13-Dec-2020 – Simplified all 19 × U-Lace Methods by consolidating the lacing diagram components. Most methods now use only 1/3 as many images and should load more than twice as fast.

Updated “Interviews & Articles” Updated “Interviews & Articles”

10-Dec-2020 – Added one interview from 2008 with 2GB Radio (Australia), plus added photo galleries to 2 × magazine articles from 2007: Life & Style (USA) and Peace (Canada).

Final eight photo gallery updates Final eight photo gallery updates

01-Dec-2020 – The final hi-res gallery updates (for now) include Twistie, Two-One-Three, Ukrainian, Waffle, Winter Solstice, Woven, Zig Zag and Zipper Lacing.

Recent Website Feedback

I spend a lot of time on the internet. Like... a lot. I am of the generation that was one of the first to essentially be “raised” on the Internet. My dad brought home a laptop with Windows 95 and the rest is history.

My partner found your shoelace website a year ago or so, and he’s had a lot of fun experimenting with different shoelace styles. I just wanted to email you and say how much I love and appreciate your “contribution to the Internet”, as you say. It’s positive, fun, exciting, and extremely informative. Thank you for being who you are, and what you do.

Tessa M., San Francisco, USA, Jan-2021

I'm in the UK with a brand new pair of Dr Martens. I found your site while trying to find a lacing method that didn't cross over the tongue as I find it puts pressure on my foot.

I am blown away!!

I didn't realise there were so many beautiful ways to lace and tie.

I didn't realise that my first knot is the reason my laces often come undone. Not anymore! And I have beautifully horizontal bows.

Thank you so much - I have purchased your app.

– Anne E., Oct-2020

I threw a bit into your tip jar; hope it helps. Though I don't visit often, fieggen.com is uniroinically one of my favourite corners of the internet. Low on the modern-web-BS, you've got the thing you like and you're gonna talk aaalll about it, and I like how you accept corrections (like the bit about discovering that the “Ian [Secure] Knot” isn't a new knot).

– Jack K., Jan-2020

I'm using your lace site for a long time, almost about ten years and I absolutely love it. I cannot show how happy I am to come across such a wonderful and useful, purely informative website.

– Sinan C., Turkey, Nov-2019

I stumbled across your shoelace site and was frankly astonished at the level of detail and effort. I would go so far as to say this website serves as one of the best compilation of knowledge regarding shoelaces the World has ever seen.

– Ethan G., Jul-2019

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This page last updated: 21-Feb-2021. Copyright © 2003-2021 by Ian W. Fieggen. All rights reserved.

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