Diagram of common shoelace bow knot, a doubly ...

Diagram of common shoelace bow knot, a doubly slipped reef knot (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1959, Dodie Stevens recorded the song, “Tan Shoes and Pink Shoelaces.

I can still sing the chorus in my head just from hearing the title of the song.

If you want to see a video with Dodie Stevens singing it, just click here.

Do You Tie Your Shoelaces Correctly?

I was reminded of this song recently when a friend told me about a newly-posted video on TED, the conference that combines new ideas from Technology, Entertainment and Design.

In this case, someone explains how they discovered they had been tying their shoelaces wrong for almost fifty years.

You can watch the video by clicking here and see if you fall in the camp of knowing how to tie your shoes so they will stay tied, or tying them so the knot can easily come undone.

While the speaker does not explain why this problem happens, mostly because he is amused to find that he had been doing it wrong all these years, any knot-tying Boy Scout can tell you what happens when you tie a granny knot, which is what the speaker was doing when he tied his shoes.

However, he only shows you how to tie the right knot with the loops. He dos not show you the correct underlying knot to use before you knot the loops

For your education and fun, I’ve found several videos that show different aspects of tying shoelaces.

The first shows you how to tie the loops, whether you are left-or right-handed.

The next video explains why the granny knot makes a poor shoelace knot and how to recognize it when it is right or wrong.

The third video includes the traditional way, with the right kind of knot and tied loops and an easier children’s method that involves tying the two loops together

The First New Way To Tie Shoelaces in Fifty Years

During this research, I found there is a faster way to tie your shoes. First, I will describe the method, then you can check out the video to see it done.

  1. Wrap the laces around thumb and forefinger, one from the shoe over your thumb and forefinger, one from the shoe over your forefinger and thumb (if you learned to tie cat’s cradle in an earlier post, this will be easier to get used to)
  2. Grab the spot on the lace between your thumb and forefinger on one hand with the thumb and forefinger of the other hand, without letting go of the laces
  3. Then, grab the spot on the lace behind the forefinger with the other thumb and forefinger
  4. Gently, pull the loops apart and the shoe is tied!
  5. With a little practice, this method is very fast and simple.

Now, you can watch the video to see how it’s done.

Finally, if you want to buy cool shoelaces for your grandchildren that light up at night with their own LED lights, you can buy them by clicking right here, through amazon.com.

Did you know there was more than one way to tie your shoelaces? Do you tie yours with a granny knot? Have you ever seen anyone speed-tie their shoelaces?

To you and finding better ways to do everyday things and have fun with your grandchildren.

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