How to Gap Lace your shoes – Professor Shoelace

G’day everyone, Ian Fieggen here, also known as “Professor Shoelace”. Today’s shoe-lacing tutorial is about “Gap Lacing”. Now this method has a couple of uses. The most common use is for runners and so forth who suffer pain on the upper ridge, or “instep”, of the foot. “Gap Lacing” obviously has a gap there at the … painful area. Firstly it stops the laces from pressing down into it. And secondly it allows the shoe to open up at that point there. The second use for “Gap Lacing” is when you’ve got high boots you can actually put a gap at the ankle area and that will allow the ankle area to flex a bit more, especially if you have like hard leather boots and so forth. Now here’s how “Gap Lacing” looks on my “Ian’s Shoelace Site”, which, if I animate, you’ll see it’s just basically criss-crossing up the shoe, at the middle there’s a “gap”, continuing the criss-crossing to the top of the shoe. Now let’s look at that on a real shoe. I’ve started this with the lacing already coming out the bottom eyelets. Now we… make… our first crossover by going under the sides and out through the next eyelets. Again, crossing under and out through the next eyelets. And here we’ve already hit the middle of the shoe, and this is where we create the “gap”. Simply go… across… the top and in through the next eyelet pair before continuing… to the other side. Again, we go… up and in through the next eyelet pair before continuing across the shoe. And then we finish as normal. At the top, tie your laces; I’m using my world’s fastest “Ian Knot”, and that’s it! You will notice because we haven’t gone across the shoe at one point, we’ve actually used up a tiny bit less shoelace, and you’ll end up with slightly longer ends on the shoe than you would… with… normal… shoelacing. So that’s it, that’s “Gap Lacing”. Hope you enjoyed it! And if you want more information, you can go to “Ian’s Shoelace Site”:


  • Great stuff. Would love it if you could post more videos like these here on youtube.

  • Yo u are so awesome u are a master ¦)
    Keep goin

  • I'm going to assume this is obvious, but gunna ask anyways… Does the game work well on the angle for like a basketball shoe? The tongue of my shoe always gets scrunched down when I tie them the come common way.

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