You know how much I love to walk around barefoot, so this probably won’t come as any surprise … but it took me 55 years to learn how to tie shoes so they’ll stay tied!
I want to share this method with you today, because it really is awesome:
- It uses a simple knot that’s just a slight variation on the knot you probably already use to tie your shoes.
- Your shoes will stay tied all day long (no more tripping over untied shoelaces or having to stop constantly to retie them!).
- And, when you’re ready to kick off your shoes at the end of the day, untying your laces will be as simple as pulling on a string. (Really!)
I made a video of the process. I really think you’re going to love knowing how to tie shoes like this:
After you watch, give it a try and let me know how it works for you in the comments section below!
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Marjory Wildcraft is the founder of The Grow Network, which is a community of people focused on modern self-sufficient living. She has been featured by National Geographic as an expert in off-grid living, she hosted the Mother Earth News Online Homesteading Summit, and she is listed in Who’s Who in America for having inspired hundreds of thousands of backyard gardens. Marjory was the focus of an article that won Reuter’s Food Sustainability Media Award, and she recently authored The Grow System: The Essential Guide to Modern Self-Sufficient Living—From Growing Food to Making Medicine.
I’ve got to show this to my middle son. He’s a fan of improvisational mega-knots. This would save him, and me, a lot of time.
you have to do the extra loop with the opposite ‘bunny ear’, otherwise it does not release with a pull.
Awesome thanks I use it in my class of second graders now
Hi mnm5u2, actually no – it works great just the way I showed it. It comes free easily. Try it!
I learned this nearly forty years ago – it only fails if the ends are too long and I tread on one of them with the other shoe!
One change I would recommend is to initially cross the loops like a reef (or square) knot rather than a granny knot.
What are your favorite knots? I really only use about 3 to 5 at the most.
shoe tie knot (the one in the video)
I know everyone recommends that clover hitch, but I rarely use that one.
I use variations of the highwayman’s hitch a lot – I even tie the bottom of my jacket with it!
I also like the alpine butterfly because I can tie a strong loop when the ends are 100ft away.
Looks like a surgeon’s knot, but upside down. Surgeon’s knot starts with the two twists, finishes with one on top. Both are same basic structure as square (reef) knot: Right over left for first loop; left over right for cinching down.
This is great! While my shoes stay tied my friend’s are always untied. I.m going to share this him.