Yes, There is a Better Way to Tie Your Shoe
If you're like most people, your shoes can occasionally come untied on their own. Or it might happen quite often, depending on the type of laces, and the types of activity. Chances are, it happens when your arms are full of groceries, or you're moving a couch, or it's winter and you're wearing gloves, or you're giving a presentation at work, or you're in the middle of a set in your workout, or you're doing SOMEthing that you would have to stop completely just to bend down and tie your stinkin' shoe (so to speak).
Either that, or it's just plain irritating that they come untied in the first place, and you find it even more irritating to resort to that old bandaid, the "double knot", which usually works, but not always, and doncha know that if you don't have strong nails you'll be spending 5 to 10 minutes just untying them later!
Well, one of my more unique hobbies is knot tying. I'm not an expert, but more of an enthusiast, or even a "fan". I find it fascinating that there are hundreds of different ways to tie a rope.
In learning how to tie a couple dozen different knots, one starts to see the trends, and can understand some of the mechanics of what makes a not hold.
So, while tying my shoe one day, after having recently been victim to an undone shoelace while running, I started trying different ways of tying my laces. I finally arrived at a technique that is so simple, I'm amazed we don't all already do it!
It works so well, that I use it almost exclusively now. It works with all types of laces, especially those dress-shoe laces that usually come untied fairly easily. And on top of it all, the finished knot actually looks nicer!
I used my work boots in the photos because they were the easiest to see.
Step 1, First Change
Start by pulling the left lace toward you over the right. This is the first change from the typical method, which is to go away from you with the first turn.
Make a loop on the right, and send the left lace over it, away from you. This should be business as usual...
Step 3, Second Change
Send the left lace over the loop again!
Now send the left lace through the loops, just like normal. It will be a tad tighter than usual, since there are now two loops. Notice that I'm holding the end of the left lace between the fingers of my left hand.
Now pull the two loops, as you normally would. Allow the second loop to go under the first and end up on the right side. If you have flat laces, then it's even better if the second loop stays under the first.
Tighten the knot gently, so it keeps its form. You may need to push the loops together a little if they begin to separate.
Once it's snug, give it a tug to make it tight. The tighter the knot, the more secure it will be. But be careful; if you are in the habit of making your shoe knot very tight in an attempt to keep them from coming untied, then you probably don't need to tighten this knot quite as much. This knot can be harder on your laces, so making it too tight can cause them to wear out more quickly. Your best bet is to experiment, and see what works best. But in my experience, "snug" is plenty.
Untying your shoes is as easy as always. Just pull on the ends.
I hope this helps somebody out there get rid of at least one small nuisance in life. :)
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