Jul 08 2007
Category: Day-to-day

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.

6 Comments on On tying shoes

  1. gucci bag says:

    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.

  2. admin says:

    Aisling, it will definitely help!!! Once I tied one of my students’ shoes, I didn’t have to tie it again that day UNLESS the student untied it on purpose. Haha.

  3. Aisling says:

    Thank you. I am SO going to use this one … with kids it’s like tie. and retie. and ten minutes later retie again!!!!!

  4. admin says:

    Definitely try it Laura. I don’t use the knot on my sneakers though, because the laces on those are pretty long.

    Thanks Meagan. 🙂 I love you too! I can’t wait to see you!

  5. Meagan says:

    I love you for being so gosh-darn cute.

  6. Laura says:

    Ooo. Good to know. It’s almost enough to make me want to wear shoes that require tying, just to give it a shot. (My feet demand freedom!)

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