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Running Tip: How to Tie Your Shoes

How annoying is it to get going on a run, and you look down to see that your shoelace has spontaneously untied itself? You can't just ignore the flapping laces or else you might trip and really hurt yourself.

I learned this great sneaker tying trick from a fellow runner, and while to may seem a bit silly to review a skill most of us learned in Kindergarten, this technique was new to me. Now I never have to worry about my laces.

This method works much better than doing a regular double knot because when it's time to take your sneaker off, you just have to pull firmly on one of the ends. With your shoes firmly tied, now you can concentrate on your run.

Music: "Swing" by Ani Difranco

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bengalspice bengalspice 6 years
This is how I always tie my shoes .... a classmate of mine showed me it in college.
alinnell alinnell 8 years
I thought I was the only person who knew this trick (well, except for my father who taught it to me). I can't tell you how many people I've "tried" to teach this to and they just don't get it (or maybe they don't remember). I've been tying my shoes and my kids shoes like this for years and never have the knots come undone prematurely and never have they knotted up when untying them. This should really be the only way to teach kids how to tie shoes. Side note, I also made an instructional page for my son's soccer team (think a couple dozen 7 year old kids on the field and none have their shoes tied!). The parents looked at me like I was crazy to try and "teach" them how to tie their kids' shoes! Side note, did you know that if you did it without the "bunny ears" and instead held the loop on the left and doubled the right side your laces will lie horizontally across your shoelaces? If you do it the other way, your laces will lie vertically against the shoe laces (and tickle your ankle).
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I'm a double knot sort of girl but this would work too!
squirrellypoo squirrellypoo 8 years
Apart from looping through twice, that's how I tie my shoes every day - that's just how I was taught when I was small. Make two bunny ears, cross, and pull through!
behemoth_the_cat behemoth_the_cat 8 years
Wow, great tip! Thanks, I always have trouble with my shoelaces, even when i tie them into like 4 knots! And it's the most annoying thing to have to stop running to tie them...
purrtykitty purrtykitty 8 years
i've got these great laces that have metallic trim, and the trim acts like a grip and keeps the laces tied together - i've never had to stop and re-tie. i think it was like $3 or $4 for the pair.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Great tip! I usually do what nancita does...tie a double knot. But yeah, they are a pain to get out. I will try doing this and see if it works.
Passion4Fashion Passion4Fashion 8 years
Since I got into triathlons, I'm a big fan of elastic laces with lace locks at the ends. no need to ever tie your shoe, and they slide right on quite quickly.
nancita nancita 8 years
Wow, I have never thought to tie my shoes that way, but it would be nice to have a knot that's easier to undo that my usual double-knot. Thanks, Fit.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
Awesome! Great tip!!! I need new runners soon for running...
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