I don’t remember when or where I learned to tie my shoes, but I figure it was somewhere after Sesame Street and before Power Rangers. And although some of my more hipster footwear, like my Blundstones and Sanuks, don’t have any laces, I can’t think of much else I do more often than tie my shoes. Every time I leave my house or someone else’s (we take our shoes off up here in Canada, weird eh?) I tie my shoes.
So when I saw this TED Talk on tying shoes it blew my mind that I’d been doing it all wrong. In 2 minutes, this clip shows how to make a stronger better looking knot just by changing one simple thing.
The way to tell if your shoes are tied “ideally” is if the laces tend to sit horizontally, however if they tend to the vertical then you’ve got the weaker knot. I’ve always wondered why my laces would move into this funny position.
To make the stronger knot, the first half of tying the laces is the same, start with the standard over under. Make your first loop then come from behind the loop and then make the second loop by pushing it down through the hole. Essentially just go around the other way!
I just tried this on a run with my Merrell True Gloves, which I usually double tie to prevent from coming undone, and they stayed tied and tight the entire time! Anyways, maybe everyone else already knows this, but it was news to me so I figured I’d pass it on.
In case you can’t follow my terrible description or lackluster pics, Ian’s Shoelace Site has 18 different ways to tie your shoes.
You can get the Merrell True Gloves on sale at Amazon here: Merrell Men’s True Glove Barefoot Running Shoes