G’day everyone, Ian Fieggen here, also known as “Professor Shoelace”. Today’s video I’m going to compare regular military “Ladder Lacing” with my own “quick release” variation. Now, I was actually asked by someone in the military – – actually a military firefighter – – whether there was a lacing method that would allow them to quickly remove their military boots in favor of something like their firefighting boots. Now, as you can see with something like “Ladder Lacing”, the very thing that makes this ladder nice and secure is the very thing that makes it very awkward and time-consuming to pull the boot on and off. That’s going to take even more work to loosen all of that bottom bit, and on an even taller boot it’s going to be even harder. Enter my “Quick Release Ladder Lacing”. There’s three steps – – untie the knot, pull out the top … bits, pull them out of these loops, and the rest – instant loosening! That’ll work even on a very tall boot with ten, twelve – even more eyelet pairs. The secret is these large, slack loops, which we feed over the top of the next loop up. Keep going … up. Work your way up the boot. So there’s a little bit of setup time – – probably no more than the regular tightening of … normal lacing. And then at the top you need to secure it off. That takes a little bit of time as well, but … the setup time is all compensated for by the much faster removal time. At the top, tie it off. I’m using my “Ian Knot”, the world’s fastest shoelace knot. And you’re set to go once again. Now, how is this laced? I’ll show you an empty shoe, and you’ll actually use a variation of “Ladder Lace…” um, sorry – – variation of “Straight Bar Lacing”. Now, begin with the horizontal straight across the bottom and in through both bottom eyelets. Now, I won’t go into a lot of detail here because I’ve got a separate video on that. Suffice to say that the laces go up and across, and then we go up two eyelets at a time, so we take the – the lower one, just that one there. Up two. Next one – up two. And before I go too high up, I’m going to slacken these off a bit so that I can get about one finger under either side. Now, we run straight across, in through the opposite side. Up two eyelets and out again. Straight across and in. Up two eyelets and out again. Once again I’m going to make sure that there’s about couple of fingers of slack in that section. Now, this one’s already reached the third-from-top eyelet, so we only need to finish off the next one. Straight across, straight up and out through there. Now, on a shoe with EIGHT pairs of eyelets, we only go up SIX rows. Shoe with SEVEN pairs of eyelets we also only go up SIX rows. If you’ve got TEN pairs of eyelets you go up EIGHT rows. NINE pairs of eyelets also up EIGHT rows. And the reason is “Straight Bar Lacing” really only works properly on even numbers of eyelet pairs. So you need to go one or two less than the number of rows on the shoe. Okay, now we’re ready to go! Take the bottom rung, go up, over this next rung, second over the third, third over the fourth, fourth over the fifth, and then secure it at the top. Under … in. Again … Under … in … and tie it off. And that’s my “Quick Release Ladder Lacing”, which – once again – – REALLY is quick to release. Hope you enjoyed it, and if you want more information about other lacing methods – – although not this one as yet – – it’s not quite on the site – you can go to Ian’s Shoelace Site for about fifty different lacing methods: http://www.fieggen.com/shoelace Have a great day!