Welcome to 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Contact Ian Fieggen via e-mail or connect with “Professor Shoelace” via YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Gfycat or RSS feed.
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.
24-Oct-2020 – Shoe Lacing Photo of the Week
The gradient creates a particularly interesting effect in the Lattice.
27-Sep-2020 – Drawing Shoelace Knots
I've spent the past couple of months updating the Shoelace Knot illustrations, re-drawing all of them in high definition for my Android app. This animation shows some of the complexity of creating such illustrations – in particular the shadows. Consider the fact that as two laces twist around and pass over or under each other, each takes turns casting a shadow on the other!
NOTE: This animation may be downloaded (eg. by long-press or right-click) and shared freely. Be quick and get it while you can!
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!
29-Oct-2020 – Added news story about a serious construction site accident, in which untied shoelaces were only partly to blame.
26-Oct-2020 – Updated the galleries for Half and Half Straight Bar and Hexagram Lacing to hi-res photos, plus improved the galleries for Half and Half, Double and Double Sided Lacing with separate sections for the “Standard” photos and “Variation” photos.
Recent Website Feedback
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
Just wanted to say thank you for your shoelace site. It's so well documented! And organized. AND thorough! It's like the encyclopeadia britannica of shoelaces :)
– Philip B., Jun-2019