Ian's Secure Shoelace Knot
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Daryl Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Ian's Secure Shoelace Knot on 09/09/2011 08:36:44 MDT Print View

For most of my life I have had a chronic problem with my shoelaces coming untied. This was always inconvenient and sometimes unsafe, depending upon the situation.

Since changing to the Ian's Secure Shoelace Knot several years ago I have had no problem with my shoelaces coming untied. Old dogs can learn new tricks! The knot stays secure but unties with a pull of the laces, just like the knot I used for 60+ years.

Here's the knot:

Ian

(I may have posted this before. Couldn't find the post.)

Steven Paris
(saparisor) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Ian's Secure Shoelace Knot on 09/09/2011 11:42:37 MDT Print View

My wife learned a technique from a French grade-school teacher that is very similar:

First, make the standard two loops from the two sides of the laces. Normally, you would tuck and wrap one loop through the hole you have made by crossing the loops and pull both loops tight to complete the knot. Instead, take the SAME loop you put through the hole and wrap it around AGAIN before pulling it tight to complete the knot. You will wind up with a knot that looks similar to the illustration above. The best part is when you want to untie the shoe, you simply pull both ends (grabbing the plastic ends of the laces) and pull them apart toward the right and left of the shoe. It won't come untied until you pull it apart this way.

I don't know how much time I've saved using this with my kids, although this morning my 9-year old daughter was about to walk away with the most-pathetic looking knot I've seen and she was totally fine with it.

Edit: after rereading your post, I think it's the same knot!

Edited by saparisor on 09/09/2011 11:43:08 MDT.

Ultra Magnus
(Ultra_Magnus) - F
Re: Re: Ian's Secure Shoelace Knot on 09/09/2011 11:46:16 MDT Print View

I'd try it but my current shoes don't have laces! Drawstring shock-cord and cordlock ftw!

BM

Tim Zen
(asdzxc57) - F

Locale: MI
Re: Ian's Secure Shoelace Knot on 09/09/2011 14:20:38 MDT Print View

I felt like a toddler learning to tie my shoes. What a great knot!

Daryl Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Re: Re: Ian's Secure Shoelace Knot on 09/09/2011 14:55:44 MDT Print View

Timothy,

I also felt like a toddler learning to tie my shoes. Took me several months to really "own" the new knot.

I blame my mother for not showing me the best knot in the first place. Didn't she bother to google the subject before simply passing on what her parents taught her?

Daryl

Daryl

Daryl Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Re: Re: Ian's Secure Shoelace Knot on 09/09/2011 14:56:50 MDT Print View

Steven,

So the new knot's not new.

Daryl

Steven Paris
(saparisor) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Ian's Secure Shoelace Knot on 09/09/2011 15:00:06 MDT Print View

Daryl,

It's not like I knew the new knot was not new. : )

Edit: 10x fast, please

Edited by saparisor on 09/09/2011 15:00:38 MDT.

Tohru Ohnuki
(erdferkel) - F

Locale: S. California
Re: Ian's Secure Shoelace Knot on 09/09/2011 15:51:19 MDT Print View

I think it's a variant on the surgeon's knot. It works well on slippery laces, like 550 cord i had to replace my bootlaces with once...