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Laces: 100s of Ways to Pimp Your Kicks Spiral-bound – October 25, 2007


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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (October 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402752016
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402752018
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #610,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Ian Fieggen first became interested in shoelaces in 1982 when, at the age of 20, a broken-shoelace incident prompted him to analyze the humble shoelace knot. This led to the development of a better way to tie shoes, the Ian Knot, and set in motion Ian’s lifelong fascination with shoelaces.

Ian’s quarter-century of shoelace research culminated in Ian’s Shoelace Site (www.fieggen.com/shoelace), in which he used his graphic design skills to make dozens of intricate lacing and tying diagrams. His site, called “the best shoelace website in the universe” by Sneaker Freaker magazine, has been featured in Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal online, and other magazines, newspapers, and websites from around the world.

Ian lives in Melbourne, Australia, where he’s often referred to as “Professor Shoelace.”

More About the Author

Ian Fieggen was born in 1962 in Wellington, New Zealand, and moved to Australia at just one year of age, where he has lived ever since. Following a shoelace breakage in 1982, Ian's experimentative nature saw him develop the world's fastest shoelace knot, the "Ian Knot". This sparked a greater-than-usual interest in the subject of shoelaces. Ian's alter-ego is "Professor Shoelace", creator of "Ian's Shoelace Site", author of the book "Laces: 100s of Ways to Pimp Your Kicks", and more recently, the iPhone / iPad / iPod Touch app "Ian's Laces".

Customer Reviews

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My hat's off to Ian!
John Mccann
This book is a lot of fun & makes a great gift for those who are into sneakers and like to personlize their look.
JC Can
This has been fun for us all from me to my little one who was learning how to tie her shoes.
rick parkinson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Gheesling on February 18, 2008
Format: Spiral-bound
This book was a surprise ! I picked it up because, as a graphic designer, I was interested in its unusual book design. But, after leafing through it, I found lacing styles for all kinds of shoes -- not just children's shoes and athletic shoes. Want to know how to do a Roman lacing for your dress shoes ? This book has it. How about a useful lacing style for hiking boots or bicycling shoes ? It's here.

Of course, the stars of the book are the neat decorative lacings. Adding a flair to your everyday shoes, a decorative lacing will set you apart from the crowd. My favorites are "starburst" and "checkerboard."

With a little creativity, you can apply the lacing styles to anything with a lace-and-eyelet system. For example, Renaissance faire performers, such as myself, will enjoy this book for new ways to lace up their boots, tunics, bracers, doublets, and corsets.

In short, this is a great book for creative folks all ages.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Ford on February 23, 2008
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I love this book and so do my two kids, a 7 yo boy and an 9 yo girl. I originally bought the book to help my son learn to tie his shoes. He is left handed (and I am right) and has some fine motor difficulties. We tried my way and a few ways on the internet and just couldn't come up with an easy enough way for him to learn to tie.

The book has the lacing on the outside. It is designed so that the book folds open in order to view the instructions alongside of the lacing. He learned one of the tying methods on a car trip in less than 5 minutes.

The kids take the book in the car and try different lacing patterns. My daughter loves changing the lacing pattern on her shoes. They have both changed their lacing patterns numerous times since we bought this book.

I have learned so many things from the book too. Some of the lacing patterns are to help shorten those long laces that come on kids shoes these days. There are lacings for making shoes fit tighter, looser, for keeping the laces out of bicycle chains, and not to mention making a fashion statement.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By William R. Albert on December 10, 2007
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Brilliantly desinged book! The front cover mimics the top of a sneaker so you can practice all of the wonderful lacing and tying techniques on a table without bending down. Instructions are clear and the diagrams are self explanitory. I work on my feet all day and found that "Straight Bar" lacing(page 24) makes a big difference in how my feet feel at the end of the shift. Read pages 122 to 155 and put an end to having your shoe laces coming undone without resorting to double tying. I highly recommend this book as the definitive reference for tying and lacing footware. A must for kids, athletes, workers, and sneaker enthusiasts.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Mccann on November 29, 2007
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Why shouldn't you find the coolest way to lace your shoes? Why be satisfied with the same old - same old? This book gives excellent and easy to follow instructions on how to lace your shoes in truly distinctive ways, as well practical alternatives for specific activities. I learned that I had been tying my shoes the wrong way my entire life!

More than just an instructional manual, this is a manifesto for refusing to live a life that is bland and mundane.

My hat's off to Ian!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lannie M. Graham on March 6, 2008
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Ian Fieggen describes and illustrates so many lacing options. He suggests horizontal, vertical, twisted, and even stars. A couple of options relieve toe pressure, a bonus for aching toes! His sketches provide easily understood lace paths. There are plenty of colorful flat and round laces included with the book to encourage practice. The ends of those laces don't go unattended; a whole section on ways to tie them off gets away from the usual bow. Best yet, there is a cure for how to succeed in lacing: get the right length. As an example, for Lug Bar Lacing, compute the following formula:
((H+W)x(P+1)+Vx(P-1)+L)x2
where P is eyelet pairs, H is horizontal distance between eyelets, W is width of lugs, and L is the amount desired to tie the knot. As other formulas include square root and power of two, it's a great time for calculator practice. In case you still have a cord undersized, several lacing options are available for short laces. There are other opportunities for Ian Feiggen's designs, such as new cut T's, side-cut jeans, scrap booking (lots of eyelets there), and maybe even storage tarps (your outdoor grill would look so good).
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I was on the mailing list for the announcement of the publication of this book, but like a number of things on my ToDo list, it got shoved aside and forgotten for a while. Finally having it in my sweaty little hands, I've got to say that this book is just way too cool for words. I wish I'd had this decades ago. Oh yeah, and my kids love it, too. This book could be crappy, but instead it's decidedly sturdy. My imagination conjures images of the author arguing with the publisher to get it done properly. He definitely won, too. It's designed in such a way that you can open it to a page, fold the flap with the laces over and learn by doing. The best way to learn, if you believe neuroscience. It comes with extra laces and a resealable plastic pouch (also sturdy) to keep them in. Altogether brilliant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen Baggett on December 28, 2007
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My 11 year old daughter was able to immediately tie some fun laces. She loves this.
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