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My friend, Fernando, amazed me once by tying his shoes in front of me. He grabbed a lace in each hand, and in a deft split second, the shoes were tied. It was like watching David Copperfield do one of those rubberband illusions on television.

Ian knot

I had forgotten how he pulled off this miracle, but through the power of Google, I’ve found the solution. Ian Fieggen, a knot and lacing enthusiast, has published the instructions for everyone to enjoy—complete with video and diagrams.

If his instant knot doesn’t satisfy you, Ian also has instructions for 16 other knots and 31 ways to lace your shoes.

5 Comments

  • wtfdaemon

    gravatarJul 13, 2006
    8:55 am

    Hmm…. this is exceptional?

    I’ve always tied my shoes this way, since first grade or so, and I’m 32 now. I’m boggled at the concept of this being special in some way… how else would anyone tie their shoes that wouldn’t seem retardedly slow?

  • f0ad

    gravatarJul 13, 2006
    9:26 am

    I guess once you learn to tie your shoelaces when you’re a kid (however you were taught) is pretty much what you’ll do for the rest of your life. I personally don’t give tying my shoelaces any thought regarless of how long it takes me. BTW I don’t tie my laces this way. Buy my way doesn’t take that much longer :)

  • Mister Twister

    gravatarJul 13, 2006
    1:13 pm

    To wtfdaemon…

    So we’re supposed to believe that you’re clever enough to tie your shoes this way, yet stupid enough to be smugly self-satisfied about it?

  • » Link Pot #10 » GeekBoy

    gravatarSep 3, 2006
    11:56 am

    [...] Eh bien maintenant, apprenez à lacer vos chaussures hyper rapidement aussi. Je n’ai pas essayez car je ne fait jamais mes lacets . [...]

  • Emily

    gravatarSep 7, 2006
    9:22 am

    I visited Ian’s shoelace site and it’s really neat. It’s one of those small things you can learn and do to keep life interesting. My son was even impressed with my new shoe lacing. I love the extra info provided (ratings, popularity, etc) and the clear instructions.