How to Tie Your Shoes (and other shoe tricks)
|July 3, 2010||Posted by Lauren under Running|
In the spirit of learning new tricks, today I want to talk about tying shoes – more specifically: how to do it. Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Ummm..Lauren. Like most well-accomplished 4 year olds, I learned how to tie my shoes in kindergarten. And after 20-some odd years of doing it, I’d like to think of myself as an expert.” But before you roll your eyes and move on to the next post, hear me out. There’s a way to tie your shoes for everyday wear…and a way to tie them when you’re running (or walking).
I know we’ve all seen these people (or been them!) — the runner who has his or her shoes laced up in quadruple knots in order to keep them from coming untied during a run or a race.
Unless you’re like my 10-year old self — who would purposely lace her shoes as loose as possible so that she’d have to stop and rest re-tie them multiple times during her 1-mile jog around the neighborhood — having your shoes come untied during a run is pretty annoying. Not only that, but it can be down-right dangerous. You don’t want to trip over a loose lace and end up flat on your face.
So at first glance, the double (triple or quadruple) knot may seem like your best insurance against these accidents. But what if I told you there was an easier way that not only looks better, but will guarantee that your shoes will never come untied again? A lofty promise, I know, but I’ve tied my shoes like this for every run for many many years now, and I have never once had them come untied.
The Runner’s Magical Double Loop
I’ll admit that I don’t know why this method works – I just know that it’s fail-proof. And the best part is that it’s incredibly simple.
1.) Start out by crossing your laces around each other to form a base as you would usually do:
2.) Take one lace in your hand and form a loop. This doesn’t have to be a fancy loop with the loose end going in a certain direction, etc etc etc. Just form a normal looking loop and pinch it between your pointer finger and thumb. Nothing too fancy yet – this is something you’ve been doing for years.
2a.) Take a quick break to yell at said dog who has run off with an old pair of running shoes (no doubt to practice the trick for himself):
3.) Take the other lace in your opposite hand and wrap it around the loop that you’re currently holding.
And now for the trick: keep wrapping that lace until you’ve gone around the loop twice.
Notice that I’ve made 2 circles around the loop
4.) Pull that lace through and tighten. The finished product – a clean and secure knot.
This method really couldn’t be more simple. You basically tie your shoes the same way you always have (unless you’re still using the two loop-bunny-down-the-rabbit-hole method), but you make an extra circle before pulling the lace through. That’s really the only thing that takes some getting used to. Now that I’ve been doing this for so many years, it’s become a habit I don’t even have to think about. Every time I lace up a pair of shoes – for running or otherwise — I tie them like this.
Still have doubts that something so simple could be so effective? Give it a try! I promise your shoes will not come untied, and if they do, I’ll give you your money back you’re probably doing something wrong let me know – because then I need to re-think everything!
For a different method, you can try the Ian Knot recommended by Runner’s World. It takes a little bit of practice, but can be a super fast, secure way to lace up those sneakers.
Support Those Ankles
Another shoe trick I’ve been experimenting with for the past few weeks is one that I learned from my youngest sister. This method supposedly provides you with more ankle support, which is key for someone like me who is a huge overpronator (which basically means that my ankles roll in when I walk/run). It does this by keeping the top sides of your shoes tight.
1.) Take your untied laces and pull them back through the top hole – you know, the one that is set back a little ways that most people leave unlaced. Leave a little extra lace hanging out between the eyelets so that it forms a small loop.
2.) Pull your left lace through the loop on the right side of the shoe, and your right lace through the loop on the left. Tighten.
2a.) Take another quick break to yell at your bored puppy who has now decided to pass the time by chewing on the doorstep.
3.) Proceed to tie your shoes like normal (don’t forget your double-loop!).
With that, you’re all laced up and ready to hit the roads! Like I said, I’ve only been experimenting with this method for the past couple of weeks. I can’t say that I’ve noticed a huge difference, but my ankles do feel a little more secure, so I’m going to keep testing it out.
And that concludes our lesson for today. How do you tie your shoes?
And to all my readers in the good ole U S of A – Happy 4th of July (weekend)! Hope you have a fun, relaxing, and patriotic celebration!