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Ian’s Shoelace Site

Friday, September 8th, 2006 by | Filed Under: Cool Sites

Ian’s Shoelace Site

Well, I recently had the joy of trying to teach a little boy I baby sit for to tie his shoes. He really loves the lacing part, so I looked up shoe lacing and printed out some fun examples from this site.

There are 31 ways to lace shoes. Some are easy and some are harder, but all of them are pretty darn cool. I like the Zipper method myself, but I was teaching the Over Under Lacing, because it was still a basic concept. It was diverse enough though and my little boy thought it was really neat.

Each of the 31 ways to lace a shoe have diagrams and easy to follow instructions, as well as, ratings. For example, whether it’s decorative, hard to tighten or holds firmly, you can rate the method. Note that multiple votes are removed. There will also be variations displayed on some of the techniques for shoes with more eyelets than the original example.

You can also access all of the lacing methods from the side menu. You will also find the lacing methods for lugs and the Help section along the side. The Help section helps you deal with things like uneven laces, slipping laces and crooked shoelaces. You can also take the shoelace poll and read the shoelace FAQs.

If you’re big into mathematics, you’ll want to check out the “2 Trillion” section near the top, which goes into the fact that probability shows there are two trillion different methods of feeding a lace through a shoe eyelet. That’s really incredible to me!

I use the display shoe technique on my shoes and Ian’s right, it is hard to tighten. I guess I’ll have to change it out. How do you lace your shoes?!

~ Amanda

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