How to Tie Your Shoes Correctly [Video]

So, you think you know how to tie your shoes? I’m pretty sure you all do, but most of you are probably doing it the wrong way… or at least, the least “effective” way. Check it out:

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19 Responses to How to Tie Your Shoes Correctly [Video]

  1.  Gasp! I never knew there was a better way to tie a shoe. From now on, I will go forth and do likewise.

    •  Me too, although it wasn't with shoes at first, I was trying to tie pretty bows on gifts and hair ribbons and figured out that it didn't do that point-up-and-down thing if I tied it a little differently. You can also do the first part differently (cross the left over the right, and bring it up under back to front, or vice versa if you're left handed) so that the one you make the first loop with is coming from the bottom. Then you can wrap it around forwards like normal and get the same result.

      • That explains it… I was wondering why I was getting the opposite results that he was – I've never had the orientation issue until I tried wrapping it the other way. I've always crossed my laces the other way to start apparently. Still doesn't keep the round laces on my dress shoes from coming untied. :o)

  2. I figured out a way just as good as this, if not better! Wrap the loop the normal, forward way, but wrap it around TWICE! It'll hold like a dream!

    • not as efficient though….and I've actually had some shoes still come untied when doing that. 

    • not as efficient though….and I’ve actually had some shoes still come untied when doing that. 

  3. I had to watch this video because everyone that has ever watched me tie
    my shoes, has told me? that I'm doing it wrong, including my family. So
    it turns out that I have always been using the strong knot. I taught
    myself to tie my shoes and after trying, I find it incredibly difficult
    to tie the weak knot demonstrated here. It appears that he is left
    handed which is probably why it's so difficult for me to reproduce his
    weak knot example.
    Try crossing your laces the other way before tying the knot instead of
    tying the knot the other? way. Then it may not be so difficult to change
    your habit, plus it won't slow you down as some claim.

  4. I'm not sure whether my knot is strong or weak, but it certainly goes vertical when I pull it, so I assume it's the former. Never really thought about it – it's the way I've done it since I was a child. I'm also left handed, so perhaps that has something to do with it?

    • If it goes vertical when you pull it, you are using a weak knot. I don't think that being left-handed has anything to with it, but for a right-handed person to attempt to reproduce a demonstration by a left-handed one should be difficult.
      Just as Deebster notes below, if you want to change your shoe tying habit, "it's far easier to retrain yourself to do the first part the opposite way than relearn how to do the loop bit".

    • If it goes vertical when you pull it, you are using a weak knot. I don’t think that being left-handed has anything to with it, but for a right-handed person to attempt to reproduce a demonstration by a left-handed one should be difficult.
      Just as Deebster notes below, if you want to change your shoe tying habit, “it’s far easier to retrain yourself to do the first part the opposite way than relearn how to do the loop bit”.

  5. I'm left-handed, so I go that way anyway. I thought it was weird when he went around the loop in that direction on the first tie. And like Kyle said, I've had them come untied that way as well – well…when I was like 7 or something, haha. 

  6.  Anyone that knows the difference between a granny knot and a reef knot should understand this.

    Also, it's far easier to retrain yourself to do the first part the opposite way than relearn how to do the loop bit.

  7. I haven't had a single shoe come untied since watching this video 74 weeks ago.

    I hate double-knotting, so I used to retie shoes at least twice a day for my primary pair of shoes, which I typically wear three days a week. For most of my other pairs of shoes, I was re-tying probably once every two wears, and we'll assume that averages out evenly to once every other day, or twice for the rest of the week. So, In a one-week period, I was retying my shoes 3×2+2×2, or 10 times. It takes me approximately 45 seconds to notice my shoe is untied (usually by tripping), find a place to either lift my foot up or a bit of concrete that's not covered in standing water or snow, untie the dangling laces, and retie my shoes. Then take away about 16 weeks of flip-flops in the spring and summer months. Thus, in 74 minus 16 weeks, I have saved myself approximately 10x58x.75, or about 435 minutes.

    Thank you, GaS and Terry Moore, for giving me 7 hours and 15 minutes of my life back.

    Alas, I have probably squandered them on facebook.