The knowledge of shoelaces
This section presents a fairly extensive selection of 51 shoe lacing tutorials. They include traditional and alternative lacing methods that are either widely used, have a particular feature or benefit, or that I just like the look of.
Bi-Color Lacing Methods
Lacing shoes with two different colors is a great way to display country or team colors or simply to make use of the spare shoelaces that are supplied with many sneakers nowadays.
Lug Lacing Methods
Many shoes, sneakers and boots come with lugs instead of eyelets. Usually flat loops made of cloth or leather, though sometimes metal or plastic rings, hooks or tubes. The shoelaces run through these lugs along the surface of the shoe rather than between the inside and outside of the shoe, resulting in a somewhat different lacing.
This section presents a number of variations of regular Lacing Methods that are suitable for shoes with lugs.
Most people learn how to tie their shoelaces around the age of five. Why then would anyone older than that visit a website about tying shoelaces? Whether you’re a parent, teacher, occupational therapist, academic, knot enthusiast, or just after some self-help, there’s something for you.
Parents & teachers often visit, looking for early learning materials. Adults look for self-help, either through having never learned correctly as a child or due to increasing infirmity. People whose shoelaces come undone look for a secure answer. Occupational therapists look for alternatives to suit different learning styles. Academics & lateral thinkers look for more efficient methods. Knot enthusiasts look for a reference. Sportspeople look for a competitive edge.
Whatever the reason, I’m sure you’ll find something useful here about shoe tying!
The “Granny Knot”
Do your shoelace bows sit vertically instead of across the shoe? Do your shoelaces always come undone? If so, you’re probably tying a “Granny Knot”, and one simple change to your technique will result in a balanced knot that sits straight and stays secure.
The rhetorical question: “How long is a piece of string?” is a serious question when it comes to shoelaces. Too long and the ends can drag or get stepped on. Too short and it can be difficult to tie a knot. This section should help you work out the ideal shoelace length.
Aglets of Shoelace
Many people search for shoelace “tips” or “ends” because they want to know the name of the plastic or metal bits at the ends of shoelaces. They’re called “Aglets”, and you can find out more about them here, including how to repair or replace them.
Shoelace Tips, Hints & Ideas
This section contains all sorts of tips, hints and ideas about shoelaces. There’s tips for teaching children, tips for sportspeople, tips for the elderly and disabled, plus general tips for everyone.