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How to Ladder Lace your shoes – Professor Shoelace

How to Ladder Lace your shoes – Professor Shoelace


G’day everyone, Ian Fieggen here, also known as “Professor Shoelace”. Today’s video is about “Ladder Lacing”. Now this is a method used by U.S. paratroopers because of its stability and also by ceremonial guard units simply because it looks great. Firstly, let’s have a look at that on my “Ian’s Shoelace Site”. I’ll just zoom in on this diagram – – and animate it – – and you can see that it begins straight across the bottom, runs up the sides and at each set of eyelets you get these complicated “rungs” that really lock everything tightly. Now – let’s look at that on a real shoe. I’ve started straight across the bottom and out through both bottom eyelets. Now at each side we take the shoelace and feed it up the side and in through the next higher eyelet. Then we do the same on the other side. Now – those shoelaces get fed under the verticals on the opposite side to form the “locks”. And they’re what locks everything quite tightly. Now we’re in a position to – again – – repeat that with the next set of eyelets. Up one side, up the other side, and then cross the ends feed under that side, under the other side. Now – if you’re game you can try this with both at the same time because we basically repeat this all the way up the shoe. You can see that when I tighten them it really locks each set of eyelets tight and … that’s what gives this lacing its stability. Now at the top of the shoe, if you’ve got a fair bit of lace left over you can repeat that, otherwise you could just tie without doing that final lock. Now, I’m using my “Ian Knot”, the world’s fastest shoelace knot, but you can tie that any way you like or with a secure knot. And that’s the finished “Ladder Lacing” on a fairly low sneaker. On a high sneaker like this or on a military boot, that’s going to look absolutely fantastic. Anyway, that’s “Ladder Lacing” – – hope you enjoyed it! If you want more information – – diagrams, instructions, animations, you name it – – you can go to Ian’s Shoelace Site: www.fieggen.com/shoelace


Reader Comments

  1. This is the lacing that I use on my Oakley boots (very rigid and supportive but also comfortable boots btw), and I learned it through your shoelace site.

  2. When you say "secure", how "unsecure" are laces in general? Other than the knot, I'd have thought the holes keep them in place pretty well!

  3. I'm running the ladder lace with the double slip knot and i must say i'm impressed. No more issues with my shoes/boots untying randomly. Thanks a lot Sir!

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