How to tie the “Ian Knot” tightly – Professor Shoelace

How to tie the “Ian Knot” tightly – Professor Shoelace


G’day everyone, Ian Fieggen here, also known as “Professor Shoelace”. Today’s video is about how to tie my “Ian Knot” tightly. Now a lot of people have managed to learn the “Ian Knot”, the world’s fastest shoelace knot, but it takes quite a few years to develop the experience to how to tie it – tightly. Let’s have a look at some of the tricks that I’ve learned over the years. Now, first I’ll show you the “Ian Knot” how I normally tie it. Create two loops and pass them through each other. It’s just a simple in-out movement like that. Now when you’re actually trying to tie it tightly, you’ve got a lot of tension there and people normally do this sort of thing, they hold the knot and form the loops and so forth and always holding fingers on that – – Starting Knot. With the “Ian Knot”, you can’t do that because you’re forming the loops, pushing them through each other, and at the point when you sort of “let go” there, that’s when all that tension will be lost and it will just become a loose knot. I mean, not that the knot itself is going to come undone but the bit that you’re trying to hold nice and tight around your foot will end up feeling loose. So – the tricks I’ve learned. Firstly – when you’re pulling them apart like that, make sure you always maintain tension, whether you’re pulling that way or that way – – always have to maintain tension. So when you swing upwards in a sort of a conical arc maintain tension the whole time. And when you do the transfer, always keep pulling upwards. You can see there I’ve sort of let it slip off the thumbs there but I’m always maintaining upwards tension. When I pull outwards, that will be nice and tight. And the second most important trick is when you’re learning the knot, you naturally tend to start with fairly large loops when you’re learning it the first time. But that’s where you have to maintain the tension a lot longer, and there’s more opportunity for that to slip apart while you’re doing the tightening. So – I tend to use very small loops. You can even go as small as just barely wrapping round your finger and thumb. Pass them through – – and you can see there it’s almost instant. No time for this part to sort of slip apart. And then you can do the final adjustment. So that’s it – that’s how to tie the “Ian Knot” tightly, hope you enjoyed it. If you want more instructions and diagrams about the “Ian Knot” you can go to Ian’s Shoelace Site: www.fieggen.com/shoelace

10 thoughts on “How to tie the “Ian Knot” tightly – Professor Shoelace

  1. Finding out about this knot has changed my life for the better. No joke. Thank you for posting frequent updates and interesting content about your awesome invention and also about shoes in general! Always fun to watch!

  2. I do have problems with keeping my shoelaces tight, but it's the laces themselves that seem to be slipping. They're sort of flat / round hybrids (came with the shoes). I keep meaning to look out for some flat ones (the round ones are rubbish), but the one time I saw them I got ones that were too small by accident!

  3. This knot has fascinated me for a while, and I'm able to tie it just fine, and with good speed, but it's always a struggle to tie it tightly, even with your hints here. It takes many attempts of tying and retying. It usually ends up easier to go back to the "single loop" method I'm used to.

    I still do see a benefit of this knot:
    1) Wearing the shoes casually, like for walking around the inside of the house.
    2) When making a quick trip outside, like to get something from the garage, or to retrieve an item left in the car.
    3) Quickly tying a bunch of shoes when not being worn, like for display, storage, or transport.

  4. I threw in the towel on keeping the starting knot taut. Now I use the crossing between the top two rows as a surrogate starting knot by re-crossing the ends under it and tying the finishing part of an Ian Knot there. A bonus is that you can't possibly tie a granny knot, at least that I can see.

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