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How To Tie Your Shoelaces: A Detailed Step-By-Step Guide

Updated on July 13, 2011

I had to write an on the spot example for a freelance writing job. There where a few topics to chose from. I chose to write, in detail, about how to tie your shoelaces. Enjoy.

How To Tie Your Shoelaces

How many times have you left the house without your shoes, because you couldn't remember how to tie the laces? It happens to the best of us. For your convenience, I've put together a step-by-step guide to aid you the next time you get stuck.

Note: Feel free to print this article for future reference.

Step 1 - Pull both laces at the end in an outward motion. I like to make sure that my laces are relatively similar in length before proceeding to the next step.

Step 2 - In this step you are going to want to cross the two ends of your laces. It doesn't matter which way you cross them.

Step 3 - Loop one lace around the other and back through the inside of the laces (the triangular shape that you've made from the tongue of your shoe to the point in which you've crossed your laces).

Step 4 - At this point, you're probably getting tired. Don't worry, this step is easy. Simply pull. If you've done your job right, your laces should tighten. If not, repeat steps 1 - 3.

Step 5 - With a finger down at the point where the laces cross, fold one lace into a loop and pinch it, while looping the other lace around the loop that you have pinched.

Step 6 - Pull the unlooped laced through the loop made around your finger, while simultaneously removing your finger to let the new loop through.

Note: Be sure to pull the lace through in a way that makes a new loop, where the end of the newly looped lace remains outside the loop after Step 7. This will make it easier to take you shoe off later.

Step 7 - Like in Step 4, in this step you simply pull. If you've done your job right, you're laces will tighten and your shoes will be tied. If there is a problem, repeat steps 4 - 6.

Advanced Technique - If you are having trouble keeping those pesky shoelaces tied, there is help. You can simply make another loop of both existing loops, and then pull the new loop tight.

This technique is called a double knot, and it is a valuable tool to add to your shoelace tying arsenal. If you've done steps 1 - 7 of this guide correctly, it will work every time.

I hope you found this article about tying shoelaces helpful. Please do not be too embarrassed to share it with friends. Everyone needs a little help every now and then.


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      Ryan 5 years ago

      This is TOO confusing it makes no sense at all :(

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      ben iles 5 years ago


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      Brooke Blyth 5 years ago

      this did not help

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      ronny james 7 years ago