I never knew, I knew so little…

A couple months ago, Jackson brought a pledge sheet home from school. The kindergarteners were raising money with a Skill-A-Thon and one of the six skills the children would be tested on was tying their shoelaces.

Of course, I knew that Jackson would have to learn how to tie his shoes eventually. But I had no idea how to teach him. So I just kept buying him velcro shoes and putting off the inevitable.

But now there was no more room for procrastinating. Jackson had to learn and he had to learn fast. We had less than one week.

So, I pulled out a pair of shoes and sat Jackson down. But I quickly became one of the countless, frustrated parents attempting to teach a child how to tie their shoes. I mean, “How do I tie my shoes? And how on earth do I teach him?”

Finally, I gave up teaching him the standard method that I use and tried the bunny ear method. But the knots were messy and came undone. I simply concluded that either this was an inferior method or that I was doing it wrong.

I was lost. So, with Jackson in his pajamas and bedtime quickly approaching, Jackson and I threw on our coats and knocked on our neighbor’s door. She is a grade one teacher and I figured I needed some professional help.

But she was out, so I was left on my own. I felt like a parenting failure.

It was getting late, so we gave up for the night.

The next day, before I picked up Jackson from school, I took to the internet to educate myself. After looking at a couple sites, I clicked on to Ian’s Shoelace Site.

There it was. All laid out. Simply and clearly illustrated and explained. Google and Ian “Professor Shoelace” Fieggen saved me!

I was stunned to discover that when I had tried to teach my son the bunny ear method (what is actually called the two loop method,) I was doing something called a Granny Knot!

Who Knew?!? But I was making the incredibly common error which leaves shoelace knots perpetually slipping and coming undone.

Do your shoelaces always come undone? Do your shoelace bows sit vertically instead of across the shoe? If so, you’re probably tying a “Granny Knot“, and one simple change to your technique will result in a balanced knot that sits straight and stays secure. – Ian Fieggen

I quickly phoned my school teacher neighbor, whose door we had knocked on in desperation the night before, and told her that not only did I not need to bring my son over BUT I told her about the Granny Knots!

I felt empowered, enlightened and ready to take on this parenting rite of passage.

With Ian’s Shoelace Site open and guiding us, Jackson and I mastered tying shoelaces. We learned the simple cure for a Granny Knot and how to effectively use the Bunny Ear (Two Loop) method.

But I didn’t want to stop there! I wanted to tell the blogosphere – to let you all know that there is a cure for slipping, messy “Granny Knots” and to tell you about Ian’s Shoelace Site and Ian “Professor Shoelace” Fieggen who changed my shoe tying life!

Now, if you already know how to tie a secure knot and there are no Granny Knots in your life, the Professor still has a wealth of shoe-tying knowledge that you couldn’t even have imagined existed.

Ian Fieggen is the creator of his own knot! The Ian Knot is the world’s fastest knot and with the site’s step by step method, you can soon be tying your shoelaces faster than ever before.

Ian Fieggen has also written a book called, Laces – 100’s of Ways to Pimp Your Kicks. Indebted to his site and intrigued by his book, I wrote to Ian and he sent me a copy of his book to review and a copy to giveaway to one of you!

Laces goes further than you knew shoelaces could go! With an incredible variety of fascinating and fabulous ways to lace and tie your shoes, this book could keep you and your kids busy for years! You can learn lacing styles such as the Riding Boot used for equestrian and motorcycle boots, the Army used on combat boots, the Hidden, the Shoe Shop, the Corset, the Checkerboard and so many more. And of course, Laces includes numerous knotting methods, including the Standard Knot, the Two-Loop knot, the Ian Knot and several more knots I had never heard of!

review-laces.jpgLaces walks the reader through the innovative and creative methods with step by step instructions and easy-to-follow diagrams. With its unique triple fold design, the book’s cover can be folded over the left page so that you can use the color-coded laces to follow the diagram and instructions on the right page.

All ages will enjoy Laces – whether it is a kindergartner mastering their first knot, a teenager “pimping their kicks” or a parent enlightening themselves about the world of lacing and tying knots.

I never knew there was so much to learn – and Ian “Professor Shoelace” Fieggen is a great teacher!

If you want to win a copy of Ian’s book, Laces, just leave a comment here to enter. We will announce the winner April 19th. This contest is open to US and Canadian shipping addresses.


  1. says

    Life without velcro-how scary will that be! I totally feel like tying shoelaces is going to be the next potty training. How great would it be to have this book!

  2. says

    Oh my goodness! I love that book and site…I’d love to win a copy. I still have one more child to teach this skill to and this book would sure help.

  3. Bree says

    off to check out the site! I have been trying to teach my daughter and she “kinda” gets it..but this is going to help! Also since she is a lefty, and I am a righty, its all backwards for me.. haha This book looks awesome! enter me please! :)

  4. Tanya Moyer says

    What a great book! I have a kindergartener that I need to teach and I’m excited to use this site! The book sounds cool, too! Thanks for offering this!

  5. says

    How cool! Zoe is no where near close to tying shoes… but I already dread the whole process. Thanks for sharing and definitely count me in!

  6. says

    Sounds like an awesome book! Not only do I have several kids who need to learn to tie their shoes (or tie them better), and I’m interested in tying my shoes in different, cute ways.

  7. says

    This looks like it would be a fun book to have.

    I actually use the Ian method when I tie my shoes. It is very fast. A bit tricky to learn at first but it is worth it.

  8. says

    I am now a psychologist, but used to be a kindergarten teacher and have some acquired expertise on the subject. We used a rhyme to teach the kids the traditional method. It goes something like this: “Up and down and around the tree, into the loop and pull” (The tree is one bunny ear and the other lace does the loop).
    Hope it works…..
    Check out my blog:http://www.psychmom.typepad.com/psychmomreflections

  9. says

    That would be so fun! I am currently working with my five year old on this oh-so-important lesson and I am sure it will be great for the two coming up after her. :)

  10. says

    I’m glad my daughter picked up on it easy… she’s in K and is so proud she can tie shoes. hehe

    I’d like to win this – it’d make a great gift for someone in my family

  11. says

    I have yet to teach a child to tie their shoes. Mostly because I didn’t realize that being left-handed posed a large problem when teaching a right-handed child to tie their shoes! I got sooo frustrated, until their dad took over and VOILA! They learned immediately! :)
    That book looks really cool! :)

  12. Cindi says

    Hello! This book brings back memories! My cousin Larry lived only two blocks away from me. We were both getting ready to go to kindergarten. Larry was a leftie and could ties his shoes. I sat on our basement steps and tried and tried until I cried! This book sounds wonderful. Please enter me in your drawing. I know a boy who could use it. Thanks,Cindi

  13. says

    I’ve gone to this site too. My daughter was a late learner but she finally figured it out this summer (in time for first grade). I have one more child that will need to learn soon.

  14. says

    Where was this information while I spent 4 years trying to teach my son, who lives with Asperger’s Syndrome, how to tie the laces of his shoes. Which BTW he hates even wearing shoes. :)

    Enter me, please. I can gift a stressed mom with this one.

  15. says

    Hi — You don’t have to enter me into the contest, but I sure wish they had this when my sons were growing up. They are now 17 and 22. But I thought my younger son would be going to college and not knowing how to tie his shoes, it took me so long to be able to teach him. :)

    (March is sure behaving baaaaa-dly.)

  16. says

    Way to go on tying shoes. I taught my daughter how to tie using the drawstrings on a pair of pants she had. We were sitting at an outdoor concert on a bench and she wanted them tied, so thats what we did. She learned how to tie before we even left the concert. I would love to win that book, to learn new ideas.

  17. Alexia says

    I would love to win a copy – I will eventually have to teach my son how to tie his shoes (I’m really hoping I can pawn it off on his aunt!) and this book would be great for that task!

  18. jennifer bowen says

    oh how so would i love towin this its so cool it’s the boom realy radacall thanks jenny9675309(A+)y*H**(d@t)c0m

  19. says

    I am currently in the process of teaching my daughter to tie her shoes- with no luck. I personally tie backwards after having “mirrored” my mother as a child. So trying to now teach a child seems impossible. This site is fantastic and we would love the book. Thank you for the contest and for your story!! sweetpeacakesetc (at) yahoo (dot) com

  20. gina says

    I teach 8th grade student and I would love to share these lace-up ideas with them. They are always coming up with unlaced shoes and this might tie-them up! :-) gina

  21. says

    What a great idea – My kindergartener is asking to learn to tie her shoes, but we have an added problem – I’m left handed and she’s not! The step by step process would be so helpful! :)

  22. says

    Wow, that is really amazing. I had no idea laces could be so interesting. My 4 year old daughter is very into knots right now, so this would be great for her!

  23. says

    What a wonderful book. We haven’t tackled shoe tying yet…I think potty training needs to be done first, but it is definitely something I am NOT looking forward to! :)

  24. says

    I recall teaching my boys to tie there shoes and it wasn’t easy at all.
    One of the head start teacher taught this poem to our boys and they got it right off.
    It’s about a rabbit coming out hole and going around a tree.

  25. says

    Oh, pick me! pick me! I love knots. I’m usually trying to untangle my way out of them but maby this will give me a fighting chance!

  26. Cheryl English says

    Lacing your shoes with style and class. Gotta Love it. It doesn’t get any better than that. Thanks for the giveaway.

  27. says

    With a soon to be 5 year old in the house and entering kindergarten this fall this book would be great to have in the house!
    Glad you finally mastered shoe tying with Jackson!

  28. Rabbit says

    This seems like a great book to help kids learn it’s ok to be individual and different. I love it. Thanks for a chance to win the book.

  29. K. Cleaver says

    It’s time for my boys to learn to tie their shoes too. It’s getting hard to find velcro shoes in their size! LOL

  30. Bailey's Leaf says

    You know, I have a 4 year old with tie shoes and a mother-in-law with rheumatoid arthritis who watches her twice a week. The 4 year old and the 63 year old are both unable to tie shoes. I can’t do anything to fix my mother-in-law’s hands, but I can teach the kid to tie her own shoes! After my comment, I’m adding Mr. Ian to the favorites list.

    Thank you so much for telling us! :)

  31. Marissa says

    Wow, who knew you could do so much with Laces!?! I’d love to have this book to teach my daughter how to tie her shoes and eventually pimp them out in her later years!
    Thanks for a fun giveaway,
    Marissa :)

  32. Christy says

    My kindergartner keeps getting a minus on her report card because she doesn’t have this skill….maybe this will help.

  33. Aisling says

    I love to learn new things and share with my granddaughters. How amazing that someone thought to write a book about tying shoelaces!

  34. says

    Confession: I taught first grade before my daughter was born and never could figure out a way to explain how to tie shoes effectively to my students who hadn’t mastered it. I would always end up doing it myself or have another student do it and then send a reminder letter home to the parents asking them to keep working with their child. It has always bugged me that I’ve been unable to teach this concept. I have a toddler so I need to learn before I have to truly teach it myself!

    Enter me, please!:-)

  35. says

    I can’t believe there’s a website to teach you to tie your shoe! I taught my son the bunny ear method (because it was easier to teach), and dh wasn’t happy. He taught him the “real way.” :-) Of course, he’s 7 and still has trouble tying his shoes. I’m glad we homeschool, and he doesn’t have to tie them at school. :0

  36. says

    Ok, I have three right now who will need this and two parents who probably need it more to get it done right! We would LOVE to win!!!!!
    Thanks for the contest!

  37. says

    Very cool book, I teach middle school and could see my homeroom kids having a blast paging thru this and trying things out! (the baby is due in 2 months, so she is a LONG ways off from tying her own shoes! 😉

    nifferjeno at gmail dot com

  38. Tangie C says

    I sure wish we had found that site when teaching my kids to tie their shoes! My youngest is only 1, so when it’s time for him to tie his shoes, I’ll be wiser!!!!

  39. Pauline Mendes says

    You know my son is 7 and still refuses to learn this. I think it’s high time we broke down and forced it. It’s so easy not to these days with light up, velcro enclosed sneakers so easily available.

  40. Jennebug86 says

    I need to check this out….I have to double knot my daughter’s shoes because they won’t stay tied. She’s 2 and is really getting interested in how laces work. It would be awesome to have a copy of this book. Thanks for sharing!

  41. says

    i’d love to learn how to pimp my kicks! i tried to learn how to do cool lacing as a runner, to leave more room for the toe box, now i just want to have fun with my shoes and my son’s shoes. thanks for the giveaway chance!

  42. says

    Would love to win this book. My oldest son knew how to tie his shoes before he started having seizures, but since that time he lost the skill. He stopped having seizures after 4 years and we are now starting the process ALL OVER AAGIN and I need some help!!! I have two others that will need to learn in a few years!

    I will visit the site too!

  43. Martha says

    My grandson gets so frustrated trying o tie his laces- this would really help.


  44. TJ says

    I love the many different ways to lace shoes and would love to learn about each one.
    Being a math nerd, I would also like to learn the formulas for how to find the lengths of shoelaces to be used for each shoe.


  45. Staci says

    I am also trying to teach my son (almost 5) to tie his shoes. I don’t have a clue how to do it. Thanks for the tip. I’m going to check out the site right now!

  46. carmen says

    wow!!! I love the idea! I’ve already thought about learning first then teach some children in hospital that i visit!.. hmm… will I need Ian’s permission to do that?!

  47. says

    WoW! Where was this book last year? My (then) 3rd grader had so much trouble tying his shoes. Now (as a 4th grader) he still can’t get them tight enough most days. (There are some OT issues). I have an almost 5 year old and an almost 3 year old who need to learn soon.

  48. Luis Reyes says

    So, after 40 years, now I find out that there’s a better way to tie my shoes. Good thing my grandchildren will get this book.

  49. Karen Womack says

    I,have a grandchild with ADD. I, tried all summer to teach her to tie her shoes,and she has the attention span of half a second.She’s in k-garten now,and I’m at my wits end.I also have her sister to teach this year.PLEASE HELP,I NEED TO WIN IAN’S BOOK!

  50. says

    Being left-handed is even harder to learn, my mom had to find someone left-handed to teach me. Then I had right-handed kids and have had to find someone else to teach them. My son still has issues with tying his shoes and when I try to help it just makes it worse…we are still buying velcro or zip-up.

  51. says

    Really there just needs to be a mommy-kid co-op…you know, where we all trade kids to teach them the things that require a lot of patience. I swear…I could teach YOUR kid how to tie shoes..and I don’t even know you or your kid…but one of my own girls…I won’t be sucessful without a lot of tears first. My girls might cry too. I’d love the book.

  52. Suzie says

    Wow, I had no idea. I just checked my tennis shoes and one of them was sideways. I’ve learned something today!

  53. says

    My 8 year old would love to learn how to do funky things to her laces, and this would be great for my toddler working on her tying.

  54. kirstin says

    I am left handed and never got passed the bunny ears myself – to this day, that is the way I ty my shoes. Now I have to teach my (left handed) kids how to tie their shoes – I need all the help I can get and would love to win the book!

  55. Cynthia says

    I can still remember tying my shoes for the first time (30 something years later!) I was so proud of myself, I thought I was the smartest kid on the street. Now I could look like the smartest teacher in the school with each pair of shoes laced in a different pattern…need more shoes

  56. Jen says

    This book looks so fun! I found Ian’s site because my eleven year old hates to tie his shoes and wanted slip on’s. We compromised and I got him a shoe with laces and now he has many kewl ideas to play with and coordinate his outfits.

  57. Anikka says

    Apparently I’ve spent my whole life mastering the “Granny knot” in other words I’ve been tying my shoes the wrong way. I’m laughing my head off at myself right now. Now that I’ve “mastered” the correct way I need some new tricks to “pimp my kicks”

  58. Mary says

    I would love to win a copy of this book. It looks like a great prize. With 4 kids this will come in handy!!!


  59. Spencer says

    I’ve been lacing my shoes according to Ian’s guides for over a year now! Regular lacing just won’t do anymore. And now there’s a book too! It’s all very exciting.

  60. Susan says

    My daughter learned to tie her shoes almost 10 years ago but she would love this book now -all the different techniques!

  61. Linn says

    I stumbled on this guy’s site after reading a Wired.com blog. This is very cool. I’m and older dad and am going to have some fun with my kids and their sneakers! I’m even going to try some different ways of lacing on my dress shoes. I never knew you could have so much fun with shoe laces. All these years and I’ve been doing only one method. No more!

  62. Marsha says

    I’m afraid I have to admit I’m a Velcro Mom. My kindergartner hasn’t had to master this skill yet, but I know the day is fast approaching. Thank you for all the wonderful information! This sounds like a wonderful book.

  63. Nancy Southwick says

    I work with special needs children and have made my own two colored laces to teach them to tie their shoes. How great would it be to have a copy of this book to use instead! It looks wonderful and full of fun. I have a very creative daughter who laces her shoes in all kinds of crazy ways. She would love this book too! Thanks.

  64. Elizabeth M. says

    This looks like so much fun! My kids still tie their laces with bunny ears because that’s how they were taught and everyone laughs at them. I think it’s hilarious!

  65. Paula Harmon says

    We borrowed a book from our library that is something like this, (not nearly as nice) and my son wants to keep it, so it would be way cool if I won this prize for him.

  66. Denise D says

    Just came from Ian’s wonderful site! Wish I’d had this info as a child-I had an awful time learning how to tie my shoes. I had my husband teach our daughters. I think this book is a must-have!

  67. Sydney Mathis says

    How fun! My daughters would sure get a kick out of this book, and perhaps, I could convince my son to tie his shoes a different, more effective way. Great find!!!

  68. chris swanson says

    WOW both my kids do not know how to tie shoe laces. I have been trying for a while to teach them. Please enter me. Thanks

  69. Sean says

    I just bought a new pair of Puma drift cats and would love to find new ways to pimp them out with some sweet strings. I wish I could win Ians book “Laces”.

  70. Suanne Giddings says

    What a great book and site! I actually need this for my mother! I always have to stop in the aisle at various stores and re-tie her shoes for her because they have come undone. How funny is that??? Thanks for the chance to win!

  71. Stacey says

    Looks like a great book. Is there one that will encourage my 6 year old not to believe that it is cool to just walk on his laces for the sake of convenience/laziness? :)

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