As a first grade teacher last year, I had PLENTY of students come into my classroom with untied shoelaces, or laces that would untie themselves after a few minutes. I usually had the kids tie their own shoes, but in the case of frustratingly short laces or unusually slippery ones, I would re-tie them with Ian’s Secure Shoelace Knot. That knot is amazing and will NOT slip out if you’ve done it correctly. I wanted to print out the directions and send it home to all of my parents, but I never got around to it.
I did, however, teach the knot to my father, whose slippery work-shoe-laces had previously annoyed and befuddled him. I’m probably the only person who can say that she taught her father to tie his shoes, but it’s true! He uses the knot every day now.
Check out Ian’s site. It’s a wealth of information for shoe-tying knots and lacing styles. He’s coming out with a book too. Such exciting things! And if you have a young child, or know anyone with slippery shoelaces, teach them the secure knot. It’s beyond fantastic.
Here are my new shoes, tied with Ian’s Secure Knot and laced in the double helix style.