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How to Hiking / Biking Lace your shoes – Professor Shoelace

How to Hiking / Biking Lace your shoes – Professor Shoelace

G’day everyone, Ian Fieggen here, also known as “Professor Shoelace”. Today’s video is about Hiking / Biking Lacing. This strange looking lacing with horizontal sections on the inside, vertical sections on the outside, and the knots positioned at the side! Reason for the knot positioning is to position them on the inside for hiking and biking – – sorry – for hiking, where the scrub and undergrowth will be at the sides and you won’t get the knots caught in the twigs and branches and so forth. Likewise, if you lace in reverse and keep the knots towards the outside, that’s great for bicycling, where it keeps them away from the bicycle chains and cranks and such. Getting shoelaces caught in bicycle chains – – real disaster! Okay, that’s what the lacing look like. Let’s see how it’s laced. I’ll just show it to you on my Ian’s Shoelace Site, which, if I animate, you’ll see the laces go two segments at a time. We’ve got two of them running straight across, up, across, up, across, and tied at the side. Now, let’s see how that’s laced on a real shoe. I’ve started with the lacing already running straight across the bottom segment and out through both bottom eyelets. Now we’ll take one end and run straight up the outside and in through the next higher eyelet, and straight across the inside and out through the adjacent eyelet. Now we’ve got both ends at the same side and the idea is that we run both of them straight up, across, up, across, and if you’ve got a boot with more eyelets obviously you can keep going up and across for as many as you need. Now we’ll take the lower of the two ends, the one coming out the bottom eyelet, and we’ll go up two eyelets and in through the first vacant eyelet. Then straight across the inside and out through the adjacent eyelet. Again, we run up two … and in, straight across … and out. Now here we once again go straight up, straight across, straight up, and straight across. Now with the ends meeting at the side we can tie our shoelace knot. I’m tying it with my “Ian Knot”, the world’s fastest shoelace knot. And that’s it, that’s Hiking / Biking Lacing. Now you’ll notice that the ends are quite a bit longer than they would be on a shoe with Criss Cross Lacing, and the reason is that this uses two lace segments per pair of eyelets, whereas this only uses a single lace segment per pair of eyelets. And the second downside of that is that this lacing only really works on shoes with an even numbers of eyelet pairs because it has to go across and back, across and back. If you use it on a shoe with, say, seven eyelet pairs, you’ll end up with this strange situation, like … this is actually Straight Bar Lacing, but the same rule applies, where … when the lace segments end, you end up with both of them at the same side and it … you know, you can’t tie that! So … I’ve got a few workarounds on my website, which, if I … whizz down to those quickly [beep-beep] Whoopsie – battery’s running low! I won’t go into any great detail but suffice to say that you can use a diagonal segment or a crossover, various different workarounds to get this to work on a shoe with an odd number of eyelet pairs. Anyway, that’s it, that’s Hiking / Biking Lacing. Another advantage I should quickly mention is that besides these straight segments distributing the pressure evenly, it actually allows the shoe sides to sort of open up more easily, which is great, you know, gives you extra flexibility when you’re … when you’re hiking especially. So, anyway, that’s … Hiking / Biking Lacing, hope you enjoyed it! And if you want more information, instructions, diagrams, animations, you name it, you can go to Ian’s Shoelace Site:

10 comments on “How to Hiking / Biking Lace your shoes – Professor Shoelace

  1. I have a question…my shoes have an odd number of eyelets (idk how to spell that) and I want to lace my shoes like this because I'm a biker…is there a way that I can modify this method to accommodate my dilemma?

  2. Absurd, I've biked for 65 years with my shoes laced the normal way and have NEVER had them get caught on anything. Similarly hiking and backpacking in the Rockies, the Sierras and the Desert with no problems.

  3. I've had your site saved in my browser favorites for years.
    Brilliant idea to put it on a channel for the walkthrough!
    Thanks for being my go-to shoelace man.

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