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Blog this: learning to tie your shoes

Posted by joeabbott on July 4, 2012

I figure most of us have been tying our shoes long enough to believe we’ve mastered the art nicely and don’t require additional study of the topic. Such was my attitude until I came across a couple resources that suggested the subject was deeper than I’d given it credit.

A while back I talked about TED, the site with the tagline Ideas worth spreading. TED hosts a host of videos on topics ranging the vast areas of Technology, Entertainment, and Design and does a superlative job of mixing hardcore science, deep social issues, and lighter fare such as the piece on correctly tying one’s shoes. Yup, lacing on the ol’ high tops gets treatment on TED.

Terry Moore found out he’d been tying his shoes the wrong way his whole life. In the spirit of TED, he takes the stage to share a better way. (Historical note: This was the very first 3-minute audience talk given from the TED stage, in 2005.)

Terry Moore has been a speaker at TED and has shared a couple of tender little 3-minute nuggets of time to explain why we use ‘X’ to represent the unknown (“… because you can’t say “sh” in Spanish!”) and how to properly tie one’s shoes. I tried Terry’s recommendation but the knot he showed failed to live up to the promise of securing my footwear better. It just didn’t work very well, so I’m left assuming that I wasn’t doing it right. Oh well.

Additionally, I bumped into another site that contains a treasure trove of shoe-tying goodness. Meet Ian’s Shoelace Site: billing itself as a place for “fun, fashion & science in this quirky site about shoelaces”, I’ve not only learned a lot about shoe tying, but also that there is a lot to learn about shoe tying. And, seriously, this is a point I’d missed in my many years of sneaker wearing.

I recommend you take a bit of time to watch some TED, traipse through a site on tying one’s laces, and find the solution that works best for you. I’ve returned to tying my shoes as I have since I took up mountaineering and needed to find a way to keep my laces from ever becoming a problem: I use the standard shoelace knot but instead of only wrapping the initial loop once, I go around a second time! It’s very similar to Ian’s Better Bow Shoelace Knot, but doesn’t include the “tricky part” he outlines in Step 6 … I just finish the knot as I would the standard shoelace knot. And it’s served me very well for a very long time.

That’s it! Just a quick note about tying one’s shoes, but maybe more about the fact that, no matter how simple something is or how long you’ve done things a certain way, there may be more to it than you think!


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