How To Tie Shoes So They STAY Tied (Homesteading Basics)

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!

(Oh, and be sure to make your life easier by checking out my other time-saving Homesteading Basics tips here!)

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This post was written by Marjory Wildcraft


  • Scott Sexton says:

    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.

  • mnm4u2 says:

    you have to do the extra loop with the opposite ‘bunny ear’, otherwise it does not release with a pull.

    1. Sandra Overmeyer says:

      Awesome thanks I use it in my class of second graders now

    2. Marjory Wildcraft says:

      Hi mnm5u2, actually no – it works great just the way I showed it. It comes free easily. Try it!

  • CP says:

    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.

    1. Marjory Wildcraft says:

      Thanks CP.

      What are your favorite knots? I really only use about 3 to 5 at the most.
      square knot
      truckers hitch
      shoe tie knot (the one in the video)

      I know everyone recommends that clover hitch, but I rarely use that one.

      1. CP says:

        Hi Marjory,
        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.

  • Matrix says:

    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.

  • Shirley J Singleton says:

    This is great! While my shoes stay tied my friend’s are always untied. I.m going to share this him.

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