Why shoelaces become untied


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/04/12/why-shoelaces-become-untied.html


#2

Untied shoelaces were a bane of my life until I found this method (not necessarily from here though) http://www.theoreticalken.com/2008/06/29/how-i-tie-my-shoelaces/ With this method they just stay tied.


#3

Foot shoes… Really?


#4

I double tie, always.


#5

Because the shoes were oversold and the Airport Security was called in.

Oh…You said untied and I read United.


#6

would you prefer Handschuhe?


#7

Of course Germans would call gloves hand shoes.


#8

Bixwitt has the right idea, simple fast and the uneven loops tighten the knot, my grandfather who made rope for a living, taught me this 50 years ago.

The biggest mistake I see people make is to tie a granny knit instead of a square knot, the difference is the square knit has the second loop going in the other direction, and us way more secure


#9

#10

Same, learned this one here a few years ago and stuck with it…


#11

I’m quite fond of them, actually. And unlike most of the toe-shoes owners, I’ve put well over a thousand miles running on various pairs I’ve worn holes in.

AMA!


#12

Most people tie their shoelaces wrong anyway.


#13

HA HA HA!


#14

I’m so grateful to have had a pair of these.


#15

Oh come on!!
It’s the SQUARE KNOT that is the key.
Ask any sailor or climber - who wants to bet their life on a granny knot!? Not a one of 'em.

Sheesh!

Double-tying only adds more clunk to the kludge.

(of course, you can always put a drop of cyanoacrylate glue on the knot if you really want it to stay ‘tied’)


#16

No way. A square know is certainly better than a granny knot, but square knots still come untied all the time. I have only ever tied square knot shoelaces since I was a kid, and yet my shoes still come untied once a day at least.

When I take the extra two seconds to tie the Secure Knot (similar to the Surgeon’s Knot posted above), my shoelace never comes untied. It’s ten times more secure than either a square knot or a double-knot (which honestly barely adds any holding power).

Unfortunately, a regular square knot is so ingrained in my muscle memory that I find it impossible to commit to using the secure knot.


#17

I had to buy a pair (though I was reimbursed) when I worked at Six Flags. (They sponsored one of the rides.)


#18

As long as you wield your fugly footwear power for the forces of good you’re alright with me.

If you’re one of those dreadlocked jackasses serenading under-age girls with sonically offensive Pink Floyd renditions at my local park, then we got beef!


#19

Wait til you see what they call condoms.


#20

I would assume that owning toe shoes implies @ActuallyARegular is a vegetarian, so I don’t know what he would do with the beef you’ve got.