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Besides my own "Ian Knot", the World's Fastest Shoelace Knot, this section
covers five other knots plus info. on how to stop shoelaces coming undone.
If you want to learn to tie shoelaces, you've come to the right place!

Tying Shoelace Knots
Most people go through their whole lives only knowing the one shoelace knot that they learned as a child, having been taught by either a parent, a sibling, a relative, a teacher or even another child. The knot does the job, but are they happy with it? Were they taught a good knot or a bad one? How about alternatives?

Here's your chance to see how your knot stacks up against other traditional shoelace knots plus some newly invented methods. Grab some shoelaces or a piece of rope, get comfortable and give them a try. Most of them really aren't that hard to learn. Who knows, you may find that this site will change your shoelace tying habits forever!
Six Ways To Tie Shoelaces
The Ian Knot How to tie an "Ian Knot"
I tie my shoelaces with an "Ian Knot", the World's Fastest Shoelace Knot: Make a loop with both ends and simultaneously pull them through each other to form an almost instant knot. It's a truly revolutionary way to tie your shoelaces!
Ian's Secure Shoelace Knot Ian's Secure Shoelace Knot
This knot is the end result of tying, disassembling and analysing numerous secure knots and combining their best features, with the emphasis on ease of tying: Make two loops and pass them both through the middle loop. Slippery laces and/or serious sports are two good reasons for needing this knot.
Standard Shoelace Knot Standard Shoelace Knot
Of all the shoelace tying techniques shown to me by others, this is by far the most common: Make a loop with one end, wrap the other end around it and pull a loop through.
Two Loop Knot Two Loop Knot
Also referred to as a "Bunny Ears" knot. I found far fewer people use this technique: Make a loop with both ends, then simply tie a knot with them.
Surgeon's Shoelace Knot Surgeon's Shoelace Knot
This is the most common secure shoelace knot: Begin as for a Standard Knot, then loop around and through for a second time.
FreedomKnot FreedomKnot
This is another of the knots on which my own Ian's Secure Knot is based: Make an "O" and pass a loop through it from both the front and the back.
Other Shoelace Knot Information
Slip Knot Slipping Shoelace Knots?
Do your shoelaces always seem to come undone? This page shows why some shoelace knots slip, and shows how to change them into secure knots. Note that my "Ian Knot", the World's Fastest Shoelace Knot, doesn't slip!
Starting Knot The Starting Knot
All of the shoelace techniques shown on this site use the same Starting Knot. Here's how to tie this basic knot, known as a "Half Hitch" or "Overhand Knot".
Reversed Standard Shoelace Knot Knot Variations
All of the knots on my site were illustrated only one way - the same way that I tie them. Whilst you are welcome to use your own variations, this page shows how to ensure that the finished knot still ends up secure.
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