A Better Way to Tie Your Shoes (I've Done it Wrong My Whole Life!)

A Better Way to Tie Your Shoes (I've Done it Wrong My Whole Life!)

A Better Way to Tie Your Shoes (I've Done it Wrong My Whole Life!)

You would think that, given my age (let's just say I grew up with Thundercats) and the fact that I work at a shoe workshop, I would have become proficient at tying my shoes. I sure thought so. The fact that my laces came untied while walking from time to time just seemed like a natural occurrence. I long ago fell into the habit of tying double knots to keep loose laces to a minimum and thought nothing of it... until today.

Elf Hava came into the shop earlier this week very excited to say that we've all learned to tie our shoes incorrectly. A friend of hers connected her with an online TED video that explained the error of our ways as well as a "corrected" method.

Maybe I'm just a natural skeptic, or maybe on some level I took offence at the accusation that I have not yet mastered this basic life skill, but I was more than ready to shrug off her suggestion. And then I saw the video.

The trick is so simple... SO, SO simple, yet I've missed it every day for over 30 (but not quite 40) years.

But don't take my word for it:

What do you think about this? Share your thoughts or other shoelace tips below!

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  1. Herky
    I saw this video about 5 years when I started running regularly and would have to retie my shoes about every other run. Since I switched to tying them this way, they *never* come undone. It's a small change but well worth it.
  2. Geneviève
    I can't wait to try it! Thanks a lot!!! I'll share with everyone I know.
  3. Ashton of Dressu
    Ashton of Dressu
    Gosh, this made so much sense! I can't believe I've been doing it all wrong. I'll try to do this technique this weekend with my shoes to see whether it makes a difference for me.
  4. Agnes
    Being left handed I always do thing the wrong way but this time I had it right all along !
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